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The Miami Hurricanes set to play Washington State in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 26

The Canes are going to El Paso.

The Hurricanes will spend Christmas in the desert at the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to play Washington State/Utah at 2 p.m. Dec. 26.

The game will be televised on CBS.

“They're pretty hot,’’ Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas told The Miami Herald, regarding the Canes. “They have an excellent brand, they bring a rich history, they’re popular in El Paso and they’re big on TV.’’

   The Washington State Cougars (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12), who have never played Miami, are coached by Mike Leach. They had their best finish since the 2003 season, when the Cougars went 10-3. Behind redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Falk, the Cougars have the No. 1 passing offense in the nation, averaging 397 passing yards per game. They are 22nd nationally in total offense and 91st in total defense. They have wins against Rutgers, Wyoming, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Colorado. They lost to Portland State, California, Stanford and Washington.

 Miami (8-4), will be coached by Larry Scott, who was named interim coach after Al Golden was fired in late October, and who has led the Hurricanes to four victories in the past five games.

Newly hired Canes coach Mark Richt said Friday that he wanted to attend whichever bowl Miami was assigned.

The Canes last played at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, 2010, with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland the interim coach for the bowl after Randy Shannon was fired at the end of the regular season. Up in a stadium box that day watching his new team: Golden.

UM lost 33-17 in that Sun Bowl to Notre Dame.

The Sun Bowl, an artificial turf stadium, seats 50,426 and sits in a city on the banks of the Rio Grande River and is a short walk from the Mexican border. It is the second oldest bowl, and in a city that loves the Hurricanes.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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