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Originally published December 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM | Page modified December 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

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Washington playing in Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl vs. Oklahoma State

The Huskies will play Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz., in what will be the first meeting between the two programs in 29 years.


Seattle Times staff reporter

JAN. 2

Washington vs. Oklahoma State, Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz., 7:15 p.m., ESPN

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The Huskies will play Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz., in what will be the first meeting between the two programs in 29 years.

It is not, however, an altogether unfamiliar opponent for first-year Washington coach Chris Petersen, who spent some time as a guest at Oklahoma State a few years ago studying the Cowboys’ offense under coach Mike Gundy.

“I made a pass through there for a day and stopped and watched them practice,” Petersen said Sunday evening, a couple hours after the matchup was announced. “I think (Gundy) has done a wonderful job of building that program. The whole thing — the facilities they have, where they’ve come from and what they’re doing now I think is impressive.”

There seems to be a mutual admiration between the two coaches, both known for offensive innovation.

“We’re up for a great challenge with Washington and coach Petersen. … I have a lot of respect for him,” Gundy told reporters in Stillwater. “So many of (Petersen’s) games (at Boise State) were late at night. I would always run the TV back and write down plays.”

The Huskies and Cowboys have met twice. Oklahoma State won the last meeting, 31-17, in the 1985 season opener at Husky Stadium; UW won their first matchup in 1980, 24-18.

This will be UW’s fifth consecutive bowl-game appearance and first January bowl game since the 2001 Rose Bowl.

Oklahoma State (6-6) defeated rival Oklahoma 38-35 in overtime on Saturday to become bowl eligible. True freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph made his second start for the Cowboys, completing 19 of 35 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Cowboys finished in seventh place in the Big 12 Conference at 4-5.

UW (8-5 overall) finished the regular season third in the Pac-12 North with a record of 4-5, the eighth-best record overall in the Pac-12.

In the College Football Playoff rankings released Sunday morning, the Pac-12 had two teams in the top 10, allowing UW to move up to the Cactus Bowl, which typically gets the sixth selection in the Pac-12.

No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl in a playoff semifinal game, and No. 10 Arizona will play No. 20 Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Cactus Bowl was renamed this year, after being called the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl the last two years and the Insight Bowl before that. Kickoff at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT for an ESPN broadcast.

“I think the location is awesome,” Petersen said. “Who doesn’t want to be heading to Arizona this time of year? I know our coaches and players do, and hopefully at least part of Husky nation wants to come with us.”

Linebackers Shaq Thompson and Hau’oli Kikaha were named co-MVPs on defense and running back Dwayne Washington was named the offensive MVP during the Huskies’ year-end banquet Sunday.

Senior nose tackle Danny Shelton was presented the Guy Flaherty Award as the team’s most inspirational player, considered the program’s most prestigious award.

Linebacker Travis Feeney was named the special teams MVP.

Shelton and Kikaha were also named co-winners of the 101 Club Academic Achievement Award.

Note

• With final exams for UW classes scheduled this week, the Huskies will have most of the week off from football activities. Petersen is also planning to give players six days off for a holiday break before the team travels to Arizona after Christmas.

Adam Jude: 206-464-2364 or ajude@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @a_jude.



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