Talking Points: Garrett Grayson gets it done

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Congratulations Garrett Grayson.

Most people in Clark County will remember how WSU fumbled away a 15-point lead in the final minutes of Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

But Grayson, a Heritage High School graduate, did his hometown proud. The Colorado State quarterback threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

It caps off a record-setting season for Grayson, who is CSU's single-season passing leader.

Saturday was surely sweet for Grayson, who was told by the previous regime at WSU that he wasn't good enough to play quarterback for the Cougars.

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Many people say there are too many college bowl games.

But Saturday's New Mexico Bowl showed that even lower-tier games held before Christmas can be entertaining.

Neither WSU or Colorado State had a player who had ever participated in a bowl game. Both teams played like Saturday's game meant something.

That's what makes next year's four-team BCS playoff a good system. Elite teams will have a bona-fide Final Four, but teams such as WSU and Colorado State can still have a worthwhile bowl experience.

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The largest crowd ever to see a women's hockey game in North Dakota got to see the intensity of the U.S.-Canada rivalry on Friday.

At the end of the game, Team USA became irked at Canadian forward Brianne Jenner for a high hit on USA defenseman Josephine Pucci. So, after Jenner came out of the penalty box, Jocelyne finished a check on Jenner, starting a brawl.

"I'm not a proponent of fighting in hockey," U.S. coach Katey Stone said. "I am a proponent for standing up for yourself. If players are going to take cheap shots at our players, there's going to be an answer for that."