SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2017) –Veteran FOX Sports broadcasters Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft have been named game announcers for the 2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The game will be played on FS1 at 6:00 p.m. with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The SDCCU Holiday Bowl matches up #16 Michigan State and #18 Washington State, the game’s first match-up of two teams ranked nationally in the top 20 since 2008.
“We’re very excited to welcome Gus, Joel and Jenny to San Diego for our 40th Anniversary game,” said Executive Director Mark Neville. “It’s a big time crew for a big time matchup!”
Michigan State finished the regular season 9-3 (7-2 in the Big Ten). The Spartans notched victories against top 10-ranked teams Michigan and Penn State. The team is led by 11th year Head Coach Mark Dantonio.
The Spartans will be making their first appearance in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl. This will be Michigan State’s 10th bowl game appearance under Dantonio, the most for any coach in the program’s history. The Spartans’ overall bowl game record is 11-15.
Washington State completed the regular season 9-3 (6-3 in the Pac-12). Their victories against nationally ranked teams included USC and Stanford. Cougars Head Coach Mike Leach is now in his sixth year leading the program.
This year will mark Washington State’s fourth time competing in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl, where their record is 1-2. The Cougars lost to Minnesota 17-12 in 2016. Washington State beat Texas 28-20 in 2003, and lost to BYU 38-36 in 1981. The program’s overall bowl game record is 7-6.
The game will feature one of the nation’s top passing offenses in Washington State, against a stout Michigan State defense. Led by quarterback Luke Falk, the Cougars passed for 4,497 yards in 2017 (averaging 374 yards per game), along with 35 touchdowns. The Spartan defense held opponents to 196 passing yards per game in 2017, and tallied 28 sacks and 13 interceptions (including five by safety David Dowell).
Michigan State and Washington State have played head-to-head seven times, with the Spartans leading the series 5-2. The two teams last played in 1977.
The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is a nonprofit organization and has a mission of generating tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl game and festival of events. For more information and tickets call 619-283-5808, or visit at www.HolidayBowl.com.
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