It’ll be Christmas in San Francisco for the Huskies.
As expected, the Fight Hunger Bowl on Sunday evening officially announced its Dec. 27 matchup: Washington (8-4) vs. Brigham Young (8-4) at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants.
Marques Tuiasosopo, named UW’s interim coach last week, will coach the Huskies in the bowl game, the school announced.
New coach Chris Petersen, hired Friday, will be formally introduced at a news conference at noon Monday at the Husky Stadium football offices. His role for the bowl game is unknown.
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In the bowl game, UW will be going for its ninth win of the season, which would be the most for the program since 2000, when Tuiasosopo was UW’s star senior quarterback.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. for an ESPN broadcast. The Fight Hunger Bowl has a $1 million payout to the Pac-12 Conference for UW’s appearance and an $850,000 payout to BYU, an independent.
Washington and BYU have split their eight meetings in a series that began in 1985, when the Cougars beat Washington 31-3 in Provo, Utah. Brigham Young has won the past three meetings, the most recent a 23-17 BYU home win during the 2010 season opener.
This will be the first time the two will have met in a bowl game.
“Washington’s selection ensures that our matchup will be one of the very best in the 12-year history of the bowl,” the bowl’s executive director, Gary Cavalli, said in a statement. “We will have two 8-4 teams, two nationally known programs, both with explosive offenses and big-name players. We anticipate a great game, a huge crowd, and terrific TV ratings.”
The teams are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Dec. 22. The first practice is scheduled for the next day.
The Huskies held a practice Saturday and a team banquet Sunday. They’re scheduled to return to practice Friday.
Junior running back Bishop Sankey and junior defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha were named Washington’s most valuable players and junior running back Deontae Cooper was named the most inspirational during the team’s postseason awards banquet at Husky Stadium’s Club Husky room.
Sankey broke several notable school records during the regular season: rushing yards (1,775), yards per game (147.9), attempts (306) and career rushing touchdowns (36).
As one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back, Sankey is scheduled to attend the College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.
Kikaha, coming back from two ACL injuries in two years, was second-team all-Pac-12 after leading the UW with 10 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Kikaha was also on the all-Pac-12 academic first team.
Washington called the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational award the “program’s oldest and most prestigious team award,” and Cooper won it after his comeback from three ACL injuries in three years. He rushed for 270 yards on 43 carries and scored three touchdowns in a reserve role this season.
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