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The Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and the Washington State Cougars will play each other in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. They’ll kick off at 2 pm from Sun Bowl Stadium on the UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) campus in El Paso, Texas on CBS.

The Canes will be looking to end the season on a high note after it didn’t look good early on. They fired head coach Al Golden after a blowout loss to the Clemson Tigers and a 3-3 start.

Interim head coach Larry Scott – the team’s former tight end coach – took the team on a 4-1 run since that time. This will be his final game with the team as tomorrow Mark Richt – the former Canes quarterback in 1979-1982 – takes over.

The Cougars win this game 41-31, according to our whatifsports.com simulation.

The Cougars had a 32:29 time of possession, while the Canes had 27:31. Yet, Miami out gained them with 538 yards to Washington State’s high-powered offense only had 476 yards.

Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya went 25-34 for 351 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Cougars signal caller Luke Falk went 23-35 for 261 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Gerard Wicks led the Cougars with 106 yards and a touchdown. Jamal Morrow had 52-yards, while Keith Harrington had 39-yards. Falk added 18-yards and a touchdown.

River Cracraft had 84 receiving yards for Washington State. Dom Williams had 79 yards and a touchdown. Morrow had 34-yards, while Wicks had 27-yards and a touchdown.

Kyrin Priester had 16-yards, while Tyler Baker added 13-yards and a touchdown. Harrington had 8-yards.

The Hurricanes were led in rushing by Joseph Yearby with 150-yards and two touchdowns. Mark Walton had 49-yards, while Trayone Gray added three-yards. Kaaya had -15-yards.

Kaaya passed the ball around as Stacy Coley led the team with 116-yards. Rashawn Scott had 54-yards and David Njoku had 45-yards. Braxton Berrios added 36-yards and a touchdown.

Yearby also had 32-yards, while Herb Waters contributed 29-yards. Christopher Herndon IV had 20-yards. Walton had 15-yards and a touchdown, and Standish Dobard added four-yards.

Yearby cut the lead to 31-38 on a 54-yard run. But the Cougars made it 41-31 with a 25-yard field goal from Erik Powell.

The Canes cut the Cougars lead to 24-31 with two touchdowns in the third. Yearby had a 38-yard scoring run, while Walton caught a 10-yard touchdown reception from Kaaya.

Falk increased the Cougars lead to 38-24 on a 10-yard run.

Washington State dominated the second quarter with four touchdowns. Wicks had two rushing touchdowns – one of 56-yards and the other for three-yards.

Williams added a 7-yard touchdown reception from Falk. Baker also had a 13-yard touchdown reception from Falk, as well.

Miami’s only second quarter points came from the leg of Michael Badgley, who made a 41-yard field goal.

They led 7-3 when Berrios caught a 7-yard reception from Kaaya. Washington State took the early lead when Powell made a 46-yard field goal for the 3-0 lead.

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