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Sun Bowl: Central Michigan 24, Washington State 21

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas - Lew Nichols III ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, leading late replacement Central Michigan to a 24-21 victory over Washington State in the Sun Bowl.

The Chippewas (9-4) ended a five-game bowl losing streak with their fifth consecutive victory this season. When Boise State opted out of the Arizona Bowl because of COVID-19 issues, Central Michigan switched about 300 miles west from Tucson, Arizona, to the Texas border city of El Paso.

Miami skipped the Sun Bowl for COVID-19 reasons as well. Central Michigan stayed in Arizona before bussing to El Paso the day before the game.

It was the first bowl victory for the Chippewas since beating Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl.

Washington State (7-6) never could get its offense going in the first half, finishing with just 53 yards and trailing 21-0 at the break. The Cougars dropped to 8-9 all-time in bowls.

The Cougars rallied in the second half behind backup quarterback Victor Gabalis, scoring three times to make it close. Gabalis was 12 of 23 passing for 180 yards and two TDs.

After a 13-yard scoring toss to Lincoln Victor pulled the Cougars within three points with 3:13 remaining, they had another chance starting at their 14-yard line with 2:41 remaining. Central Michigan stopped Joey Hobert a yard short on a catch on fourth-and-5.

Marshall Meeder kicked three field goals for Central Michigan, including a 52-yarder for a 6-0 lead and a 43-yarder for a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WashStCentMi
CentMi FG 6:51 Marshall Meeder 49 yard field goal 0 3
CentMi FG 2:18 Marshall Meeder 52 yard field goal 0 6
CentMi TD 0:57 Lew Nichols III 1 yard TD run (Marshall Meeder Extra Point) 0 13
Second Quarter WashStCentMi
CentMi TD 1:48 Joel Wilson 15 yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson (Kalil Pimpleton 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 0 21
Third Quarter WashStCentMi
WashSt TD 4:02 Travell Harris 5 yard TD run (Dean Janikowski Extra Point) 7 21
WashSt TD 2:24 De'zhaun Stribling 5 yard TD pass from Victor Gabalis (Dean Janikowski Extra Point) 14 21
Fourth Quarter WashStCentMi
CentMi FG 9:12 Marshall Meeder 43 yard field goal 14 24
WashSt TD 3:13 Lincoln Victor 16 yard TD pass from Victor Gabalis (Dean Janikowski Extra Point) 21 24
Team Stats
  Washington State Central Michigan
First downs 10 17
  Rushing 2 5
  Passing 5 10
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 1-16, 6% 4-17, 24%
4th down efficiency 1-5, 20% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 25-13 39-147
Passing Yards 228 208
Return Yards 127 68
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-41-0 17-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-44 0-0
Punts 9 7
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-32 11-90
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
V. Gabalis 12 23 180 2 0
J. de Laura 8 18 48 0 0
Central Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Richardson 17 33 208 1 1
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Watson 16 62 3.9 0
T. Harris 1 5 5.0 1
V. Gabalis 4 -8 -2.0 0
N. Haberer 1 -12 -12.0 0
J. de Laura 3 -34 -11.3 0
Central Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Nichols III 30 138 4.6 1
D. Bracy 4 10 2.5 0
K. Pimpleton 1 6 6.0 0
J. Wilson 1 0 0.0 0
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Victor 5 88 17.6 1
D. Ollie 4 72 18.0 0
C. Jackson Jr. 3 32 10.7 0
T. Harris 3 13 4.3 0
D. Stribling 2 13 6.5 1
J. Hobert 2 9 4.5 0
N. Watson 1 1 1.0 0
Central Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Sullivan 7 83 11.9 0
J. Wilson 3 41 13.7 1
L. Nichols III 2 38 19.0 0
K. Pimpleton 3 30 10.0 0
H. Buczkowski 1 11 11.0 0
D. Dixon 1 5 5.0 0
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Brown 1 0
Central Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 7 301 43.0
A. Boyle 2 89 44.5
Central Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Elzinga 7 298 42.6
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Harris 1 10 10.0
Central Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Pimpleton 3 47 15.7
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Harris 5 101 20.2
L. Victor 1 16 16.0
Central Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Lukes 1 21 21.0
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length
Central Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
M. Meeder 44
M. Meeder 25




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