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Cougars to Face Fresno State in Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

By Washington State Athletic Communications

 Pullman, Wash – The Washington State University Cougars accepted an invitation to play in the 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl presented by Stifel, Saturday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m., LA Bowl Executive Director Jason Gannon announced Sunday.

The 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will feature the Cougars against Fresno State, champions of the Mountain West Conference. This will mark the fifth meeting between the two teams, the last coming in 1994, a 24-3 Cougar victory in Pullman.

“Washington State is thrilled to accept an invitation to the 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “The opportunity to play in a world-class venue at SoFi Stadium, in a region of the country with so many of our alums and fans, will create a memorable experience for our football team.” 

In his first full year as the Cougars head coach, Jake Dickert guided WSU to a 7-5 regular-season record, 4-5 in Pac-12 play. The Cougars swept their nonconference schedule, including a 17-14 win at No. 19 Wisconsin, and have captured three of its last four games to reach the LA Bowl. The selection marks the seventh-straight bowl appearance by the Cougars, a program record.

The 2022 LA Bowl marks the 18th overall bowl game for the Cougar program.  Last year, the Cougars dropped a close contest to Central Michigan at the 2021 Sun Bowl while in 2019, WSU fell short against Air Force at the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. In 2018, the Cougars came away with a 28-26 victory over No. 25 Iowa State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, en route to a program-record 11-win season and a No. 10 final ranking. Previously WSU has played in the Rose Bowl (1916, 1931, 1998, 2003), the Holiday Bowl (1981, 2003, 2016, 2017), the Aloha Bowl (1988), the Copper Bowl (1992), the Alamo Bowl (1994, 2018), the Sun Bowl (2001, 2015) and the 2013 New Mexico Bowl. The Cougars are 8-9 in bowl games all time.

“We are excited for another opportunity to continue our season at the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, against a very good Fresno State program,” said WSU Head Coach Jake Dickert. “We’re looking forward for the chance to send our seniors out on a winning note and can’t wait to see all the Coug fans out in Los Angeles.”

Tickets for the 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl may be ordered through Fans may also call the Cougar Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-COUGS starting at 9 a.m., Monday morning. More information is also available at

The 2022 Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will be televised live nationally by ABC at 12:30 p.m. from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.