by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
December 21, 2013
The 2013 bowl season kicked off in grand style as Colorado State tallied 18 points in the final 2:52 to stun Washington State 48-45 in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday (December 21).
After the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 45-37, the Cougars fumbled on their own 31-yard line and Shaquil Barrett, a CollegeFootballPoll.com All-American at linebacker, recovered. Kapri Bibbs scored from 1-yard out with 33 seconds remaining and Donnell Alexander added the 2-point conversion on a Statue of Liberty play as he dove head-long at the pylon and managed to strike it with the ball before landing out of bounds.
The Cougars then fumbled the ensuing kickoff return at their own 24 to set up Jared Roberts' 41-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
Washington State fell to 6-5 all-time in bowl games in its first postseason appearance since 2003. The Cougars dropped to 6-7 for the season, failing to secure their first winning campaign since 2003 and first non-losing season since 2006.
Colorado State improved its bowl record to 6-7 in its first bowl game since 2008, and its 8-6 record this season represents the most victories since 2002 (10-4).
It was the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Last year, the New Mexico Bowl opened the bowl season in similar fashion as Arizona scored two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds for a 49-48 victory over Nevada.
The Congrove Computer Rankings had given Colorado State a 2.86-point edge.