Two more college football bowl games fell into place yesterday, when delighted West Virginia officials received an invitation from the Sun Bowl after Ohio State turned down a last minute inquiry, and Washington revised its plans to go the Aloha Bowl and accepted the Independence instead.

West Virginia seemed an unlikely team for a bowl game after losing to Syracuse on a two-point conversion with 10 seconds left to finish 6-5. But the Mountaineers accepted the invitation yesterday afternoon after the Sun Bowl was refused by Ohio State (6-4-1). The Buckeyes defeated rival Michigan in a regular season finale but have been torn by controversy since the firing of coach Earle Bruce, who has sued the university for $7.44 million, claiming wrongful dismissal and defamation of character.

Bruce criticized the decision to reject the offer: "It hurts me for the seniors. The university has washed the seniors down the road."

"We heard the {Ohio State} seniors wanted to go to a bowl game and a lot of people feel they should be able to accept the bowl after a tough season," said John Folmer, chairman of the Sun Bowl selection committee.

Ohio State announced it would not accept any postseason invitations when Bruce was fired by university President Edward Jennings last week and athletic director Rick Bay resigned in protest. Yesterday, newly named athletic director James Jones conferred with Jennings before informing the Sun Bowl the decision would stand.

West Virginia will meet No. 13 Oklahoma State in El Paso on Dec. 25. Washington will play Tulane in Shreveport on Dec. 19. The Huskies (6-4-1) had expected to go to the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day, but bowls plans were upset when Southern Cal upset UCLA to win the Pac-10 championship. That sends Southern Cal to the Rose Bowl, while the Bruins and Huskies swapped places, the Bruins going to Hawaii to meet Florida.

Ohio State will stay home and hope to quiet some of the controversy that has resulted in the last week since Bruce's firing, which was effective after the Michigan game. It will be the first time in 15 years the Buckeyes will not be making a postseason appearance. Jones did not give specific reasons for the decision, but said it was made by Jennings after discussions with the Board of Trustees.