Now, the wait.
While most are projecting Washington to play Brigham Young in the Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Dec. 27, it likely will be another week before the Huskies’ postseason destination becomes official.
The BCS Selection Show is scheduled for next Sunday, Dec. 8, and the rest of the bowl matchups will be finalized after that. BYU (8-4), an independent, accepted an invitation from the Fight Hunger Bowl in late October.
Until that matchup becomes official, the Huskies (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) will take a bit of a break from football.
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“Wherever they send us, we’ll go play,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Friday after the Huskies’ 27-17 victory over Washington State. “We’ll prepare and do a great job. Right now, for us it’s about hitting the road recruiting as coaches, and for our players it’s about finishing off this quarter really well, finishing great in school. So that’s where our focus shifts now for the next couple weeks.”
With the victory over the Cougars, the Huskies’ record rose to heights not seen in 12 years. Eight victories, Sarkisian said, was a significant step for the program after three consecutive 7-6 years.
Several other significant records fell Friday, too.
By virtually every statistical analysis, UW had its best year ever on offense.
With their new up-tempo offense, the Huskies gained more yards (6,172), averaged more yards per game (514.3), per play (6.5) and scored more points (462) than ever before. UW’s 1991 team that shared the national championship scored 461 points, also in 12 games, and held the previous record of 471.9 yards per game.
Junior running back Bishop Sankey, in what might have been his final game at Husky Stadium, finished the regular season with 1,775 yards to break Corey Dillon’s record of 1,695 that stood since 1996. Sankey also scored his 35th career rushing touchdown, passing Napoleon Kaufman for most in school history.
Senior Keith Price, in his final game at Husky Stadium, overcame two first-half turnovers against WSU to lead UW’s second-half rally. He threw his 74th touchdown pass to move into a tie for ninth place on the Pac-12’s career list.
Price and safety Will Shamburger are UW’s only fifth-year seniors, both having signed with UW before Sarkisian’s first season in 2009. Fifteen other UW seniors were honored during a pregame ceremony.
“I’m proud of our guys, proud of our seniors,” Sarkisian said. “As I just got done telling them, they chose to come to the University of Washington when this might not have been the hottest school in our conference or in the country to come and play at. …
“They are walking out of here knowing that this football program is in a better place today than it was when they got here. That’s a real credit to those guys and the work they’ve put into it.”
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