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Players, Coaches, & Fans Gather To Remember 2003 Holiday Bowl

WSU Players, Coaches & Fans Gathered Monday To Watch The 2003 Holiday Bowl WSU Players, Coaches & Fans Gathered Monday To Watch The 2003 Holiday Bowl

There was definitely a lot of excitement Monday as Coug greats like Matt Kegel, Will Derting and Coach Bill Doba talked about one of the biggest wins in WSU history as part of Coug Week in Spokane.

Celebrating the last Cougar bowl team, former players, coaches and fans watched one of the biggest upsets in program history Monday night.

The 2003 Holiday Bowl matched the 15th ranked Cougars against the 4th ranked Texas Longhorns that included names like Vince Young, Cedric Benson and Roy Williams; all future stars in the NFL.

Trailing 10 to 7 at the half, the Cougs came back to win 28 to 20, thanks to the performance of Matt Kegel, MVP Sammy Moore and a defense that held the Longhorns well below their season average.

Finishing the season 10 and 3, that group of players left as one of the most successful in program history, winning 30 games over 3 seasons.

Monday night was a chance for those former players and coaches to get together and reminisce about that win with die hard fans.

They also had a chance to talk about the upcoming season and see first hand the growing excitement around the new look football program.

"Mike Leach is coming in, i don't know what kind of offense it is.....exciting time for the Cougs," former coach Bill Doba said of Leach's squad.

"Its a huge expectation that we have going into the season....year in and year out," former Linebacker Will Derting said as he talked about the upcoming season.

The excitement will continue to build all week leading up the Crimson and Gray Game this Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium at 1pm.

The game will be carried live on SWX.

Pre game starts at 12:30pm.

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