Anticipation brews at Cougs sendoff as team heads to Gildan New Mexico Bowl

PULLMAN, WA - Seems like just yesterday we were talking about a renewed spirit within the Cougars Football team during the preseason, and suddenly, the regular season is already done.

And Cougar fans were more than excited to send off their Washington State University Football team as they head south for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. It's the Cougs first bowl game since they played in the Holiday Bowl in 2003 where they beat Texas 28-20.

Head coach Mike Leach has truly turned this program around from last year when they went 3-9, and explains how that was done.

"Establishing expectations, raising expectations, and figuring out the ones to commit and do the work to be the best they could be," said Leach. "And then one of the biggest steps for us, and it continues some, is getting everyone to know one another. Cause if you look at our roster, the vast majority of us are freshman and sophomores, so when we started out, it was essentially strangers. It was mostly freshman, and then some guys who had been around here, maybe a junior or a senior, and now we've worked our way to sophomores and a bunch of freshmen. And then some of these older guys have really bought in and I can't be more impressed with them."

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will feature the 6-6 Cougars taking on the 7-6 Colorado State Rams with a scheduled 11 a.m. kickoff.