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December 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It’s official: Huskies to play Oklahoma State in Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2

Washington coach Chris Petersen and the Huskies celebrate their Apple Cup victory in Pullman. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington coach Chris Petersen and the Huskies celebrate their Apple Cup victory in Pullman. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

The Huskies will cap off their first season of the Chris Petersen era against Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game will kick off at 7:15 p.m. PT for an ESPN broadcast.

Petersen is scheduled to meet with the media at 5 p.m. today at UW.

The Cactus Bowl, hosted by the Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation, was renamed this year, after being called the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl the last two years and the Insight Bowl before that.

UW (8-5 overall) finished the regular season third in the Pac-12 North with a record of 4-5, the eighth-best record overall in the Pac-12.

The Cowboys finished in seventh place in the Big 12 Conference, going 6-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. They lost five games in a row in October and November — to TCU, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Baylor — before closing out the regular season by upsetting rival Oklahoma, 38-35, in overtime on Saturday.

In the College Football Playoff rankings released Sunday morning, the Pac-12 had two teams in the top 10, which allowed UW to move up to the Cactus Bowl, which typically gets the sixth pick in the Pac-12.

No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl in a playoff semifinal game, and No. 10 Arizona will play No. 20 Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

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