HAWAII GROWN: 21 Bowl games with local ties

Washington linebacker Psalm Wooching, a 2012 Kealakehe graduate, started every game this season and will end his collegiate career playing in the College Football Playoff. Associated Press photo.
Washington linebacker Psalm Wooching, a 2012 Kealakehe graduate, started every game this season and will end his collegiate career playing in the College Football Playoff. Associated Press photo.

The 2016-17 college football bowl season begins on Dec. 17 with 41 bowls currently scheduled (not including the national championship game). Of those 41, 21 include players who graduated from Hawaii high schools, including both bowl games in the College Football Playoff.

Here are the 20 (excluding the Hawaii Bowl) featuring local players on the mainland including dates, times and TV channel.

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
Houston (9-3) vs. San Diego State (10-3)
Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m., KITV
SDSU: DL Dakota Turner, Jr. (Mililani); LB Ronley Lakalaka, So. (Punahou).
Notes: Lakalaka is second on the team with 64 tackles and has intercepted two passes while playing in every game … Turner moved from fullback to the defensive line and has made 36 tackles with four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

AutoNation Cure Bowl
UCF (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-5)
Orlando, Fla.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 12:30 p.m., CBSSN
UCF: QB McKenzie Milton, Fr. (Mililani).
Notes: Milton won the starting job in the third game of the season and went 4-5 as a starter to help the Knights go to a bowl game after an 0-12 season last year. He completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,583 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Milton is also fourth on the team with 161 rushing yards and three rushing TDs.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Brigham Young (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-5)
San Diego, Calif.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m., ESPN
BYU: DL Handsome Tanielu, Jr. (Waianae); LB Johnny Tapusoa, Fr. (Kahuku). UW: LB Tim Kamana, Jr. (Punahou).
Notes: Tanielu appeared in all but one game and made 11 tackles with one fumble recovery. Tapusoa made four tackles in eight games in limited action. Kamana appeared in all 13 games primarily on special teams and made nine tackles with 1 1/2 for loss.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Idaho (8-4) vs. Colorado State (7-5)
Boise, Idaho
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m., ESPN
UI: DB Russell Siavii, Sr. (Leilehua).
Notes: Siavii played in 11 of 12 games for the Vandals and made 44 tackles and picked off two passes.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech (8-5) vs. Navy (9-3)
Forth Worth, Texas
Friday, Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m., ESPN
Navy: DB Alohi Gilman, Fr. (Kahuku); PK DJ Grant-Thompson, Sr. (KS-Hawaii); OL Adam Amosa-Tagovailoa, So. (Campbell).
Notes: Gilman was named the East Region rookie of the year by the Eastern College Athletic Association on Thursday. Gilman started 10 of 12 games playing three different positions (outside linebacker, cornerback, safety) for the Midshipmen and was second on the team with 62 tackles. He also has five tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles with one return for a touchdown.

Camping World Independence Bowl
N.C. State (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)
Shreveport, La.
Monday, Dec. 26, Noon, ESPN2
VU: OL Sean Auwae-McMoore, Fr. (Kapolei).
Notes: Auwae-McMoore is redshirting this season.

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Army (6-5) vs. North Texas (5-7)
Dallas, Texas
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m., ESPN
Army: RB Paul Andrew Rhoden, Sr. (Campbell); LB Calen Holt, So. (Kamehameha).
Notes: Rhoden has appeared in three games and carried the ball three times for 7 yards. Holt has appeared in 10 games and made nine tackles with one blocked kick.

National Funding Holiday Bowl
Minnesota (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4)
San Diego, Calif.
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m., ESPN
WSU: DL Kingston Fernandez, So. (Kapolei); DL Hercules Mata’afa, So. (Lahainaluna); OL Nilsson Gaisoa, Fr. (Kailua); WR Kainoa Wilson, Fr. (Mililani).
Notes: Mata’afa was named to the All-Pac-12 second team after finishing fifth in the conference with 12 1/2 tackles for loss. He led the Cougars with four sacks and enters the bowl game sixth on the team with 45 tackles. Fernandez appeared in six games and Wilson caught one pass for 4 yards in his only game of the season. Gaisoa is redshirting.

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Boise State (10-2) vs. Baylor (6-6)
Phoenix, Ariz.
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
BSU: DB Ma’a Tanuvasa, Fr. (Mililani).
Notes: Tanuvasa is redshirting this season.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
No. 23 Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. Northwestern (6-6)
Bronx, N.Y.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 a.m., ESPN
Pitt: DL Jeremiah Taleni, Jr. (Kailua). NWU: RB Chad Hanaoka, Jr. (‘Iolani).
Notes: Talent came on in the second half of the season to finish with 19 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss in six games. Hanaoka did not play this season.

Foster Farms Bowl
Indiana (6-6) vs. No. 19 Utah (8-4)
Santa Clara, Calif.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 3:30 p.m., KHON
Utah: DL Bradlee Anae, Fr. (Kahuku); LB Kavika Laufatasaga, Jr. (Farrington); DL Pasoni Tasini, Sr. (Baldwin).
Notes: Tasini was third on the team with 9 1/2 tackles for loss out of his 31 total tackles. He broke up four passes, forced a fumble and had 1 1/2 sacks. Laufatasaga made 40 tackles with three for a loss and forced a fumble. Anae played in five games toward the end of the season and made two sacks.

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Kansas State (8-4)
Houston, Tex.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4 p.m., ESPN
TAMU: WR Jeremy Tabuyo, Sr. (Saint Louis).
Notes: Tabuyo played in every game this season and had 12 catches for 215 yards.

Valero Alamo Bowl
No. 12 Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. No. 10 Colorado (10-3)
San Antonio, Tex.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 4 p.m., ESPN
CU: DB Jaisen Sanchez, So. (Saint Louis); DL Lyle Tuiloma, Fr. (Nanakuli).
Notes: Tuiloma played only three snaps this season while Sanchez missed the entire season with a knee injury.

Hyundai Sun Bowl
No. 18 Stanford (9-3) vs. North Carolina (8-4)
El Paso, Texas
Friday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m., KGMB
Stan: DL Luke Kaumatule, Sr. (Punahou); OL Nate Herbig, Fr. (Saint Louis); PK Jet Toner, Fr. (Punahou).
Notes: Herbig became just the second freshman to start on the offensive line for Stanford since 2000. He started the final four games and appeared in 11. He forced a fumble after an interception in his first career start against Arizona. Kaumatule got limited action in 11 games and made five tackles with one for a loss. Toner is redshirting.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
South Alabama (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3)
Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m., Campus Insiders
AFA: DB Brayden Hill, Sr. (Punahou).
Notes: Hill has appeared in 11 games and made four tackles primarily on special teams.

TaxSlayer Bowl
Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5)
Jacksonville, Fla.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 6 a.m., ESPN
GT: DB Shaun Kagawa, Jr. (KS-Hawaii).
Notes: Kagawa appeared in 11 games this season and made five solo tackles.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 15 Western Michigan (13-0) vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3)
Arlington, Texas
Monday, Jan. 2, 8 a.m., ESPN
UW: OL Micah Kapoi, So. (Kapolei).
Notes: Kapoi is the backup right guard and has made two starts in 11 total appearances.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 9 USC (9-3) vs. No. 5 Penn State (11-2)
Pasadena, Calif.
Monday, Jan. 2, Noon, ESPN
USC: RB Vavae Malepeai, Fr. (Mililani); LB Jordan Iosefa, Fr. (Saint Louis).
Notes: Malepeai had a good fall camp but got injured and is redshirting. Iosefa has played in all 12 games and made nine tackles.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 4 Washington (12-1) vs. No. 1 Alabama (13-0)
Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m., ESPN
UW: OL Shane Brostek, Sr. (Hawaii Prep); LB Psalm Wooching, Sr. (Kealakehe).
Notes: Brostek started the first five games of the season at right guard before suffering an injury and has struggled to get back into the rotation since. Wooching leads the Huskies with six sacks and is tied for sixth with 39 total tackles. He’s also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) vs. No. 2 Clemson (12-1)
Glendale, Ariz.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., ESPN
CU: DL Scott Pagano, Jr. (Moanalua).
Notes: Pagano broke a bone in his foot in the loss to Pittsburgh but could be back for the bowl game. He started four of the 10 games he played in and had 27 tackles with two sacks and 3 1/2 tackles for loss.


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