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At the Cactus Bowl

By Jose Romero - Jan 03, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Here in the Valley of the Sun sports fans are fortunate to get at least two college bowl games a year. 

The most prominent one is the Fiesta Bowl. But the folks who organize that game also help run the Cactus Bowl, which has also been named the Insight Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. 

The Cactus Bowl was wise to tie itself to the Pac-12, ensuring that a team from that conference will always play in the annual game. The host venue, Sun Devil Stadium, is home to the Pac-12's Arizona State Sun Devils. On Jan. 2, Washington of the Pac-12 lost 30-22 to Oklahoma State of the Big 12. 

Though the stadium was only about half full (35,000-plus on a very cold night), the action was good. The Cowboys used trick plays and a fine one-handed catch to go ahead 24-0 at halftime. 

The second half belonged to the Huskies, who outscored the Cowboys 22-6, but came up short at the end. 

Bowl games are part of the American sports fabric. It's holiday tradition to watch them in December and January, and although some people say there are too many, I say the more the better. It's football and we love it, and it's a way for fans to hit the road with their team to a different locale.

 

 

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