Minshew II breaks Alamo Bowl record as Washington State defeats Iowa State 28-26

Minshew II breaks Alamo Bowl record as Washington State defeats Iowa State 28-26

Gardner Minshew breaks the Alamo Bowl record with 35 completed passes as the Washington State Cougars edge the Iowa State Cyclones 28-26 for their first bowl victory since 2015.

It was a game that started with turnovers. The cougars fumbled in their first possession of the game, then the defense got it right back in their first of two interceptions of freshman quarterback Brock Purdy.

The second interception was run 71 yards for a touchdown, but called back after Marcus Strong was penalized for taunting at the goal line.

Gardner Minshew turned that possession into touchdown pass to Renard Bell. The Cougs took a 14-point lead after a crafty 7-yard run into the endzone.

Iowa State responded with a rush by Purdy to make it 14-7, but before half, Minshew threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Dezmon Patmon.

The Cyclones scored on a Montgomery rushing touchdown right after half to bring ISU within four, and then Connor Assalley’s field goal made it a 1 point game at 21-20.

Enter Max Borghi. The freshman runningback ran 10 yards into the endzone in the fourth quarter to give the Cougs an 8-point advantage.

ISU responded with another Purdy rushing touchdown, but then failed on the two-point conversion.

Washington State was able to run the clock down to win their first bowl game since 2015. Minshew finished 35/49 on the night for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns. WSU clinches their first 11-in season in school history.