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BYU football: Cougars will face Washington in Fight Hunger Bowl

2013-12-09T00:15:00Z 2014-04-07T07:18:49Z BYU football: Cougars will face Washington in Fight Hunger BowlJared Lloyd - Daily Herald Daily Herald
December 09, 2013 12:15 am  • 

Bring on the Huskies.

In an announcement made Sunday evening, the Fight Hunger Bowl made it official that the BYU football team will be facing Washington in the Dec. 27 game in San Francisco.

As the sixth-place team in the Pac-12, the Huskies (8-4) were the obvious choice.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play the University of Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall in a statement. "I’m proud of our team. We are excited to be in the postseason for the ninth straight year with a chance to grow our program facing an outstanding football program."

Not only do they have a better record than the other Pac-12 options (Arizona is 7-5, Washington State and Oregon State are 6-6), but Washington hasn't ever played in the San Francisco-based bowl and has a fan base that travels well.

The only question remaining until Sunday was whether the Pac-12 would get a second team (Oregon) into a BCS game. When the BCS announcement was made with Stanford being the only Pac-12 representative, the other bowls with tie-ins with the conference made their selections.

When it was time for the Fight Hunger Bowl, Washington was still on the board and the Huskies accepted the invitation.

"What an exciting opportunity for the Cougars to travel to the great city of San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl and to play Washington from the Pac-12," said BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe in a statement. "Our coaches, players and fans will love the holiday season in San Francisco. It’s great to be able to add to the wonderful bowl tradition that is long associated with BYU football."

The Cougars and Washington have played eight times, all regular season contests. Each team has won four games, with BYU coming out on top in the last three including a 23-17 win in Provo in the 2010 season opener.

The Huskies enter the 2013 meeting as a team with a decent amount of success but also in a state of flux.

Former Washington head coach (and ex-BYU star quarterback) Steve Sarkisian accepted the head coaching position at USC. The Huskies recently confirmed the hiring of Boise State head coach Chris Petersen.

During the transition, the university said earlier that quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo would be the interim coach for the bowl game.

"I’m humbled and so honored," Tuiasosopo said in a statement when the announcement was made. "It’s a great, incredible honor to lead my alma mater in a bowl game. We still have a lot to play for this season. I am excited to go out and get a ninth win."

Tuiasosopo, a former Washington star quarterback, is in his first year as a Huskie coach. He spent the past two seasons at UCLA.

He has helped Husky quarterback Keith Price have a solid year. Price has thrown for 2,843 yards with 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Washington has also relied on the talents of running back Bishop Sankey, who has rushed for 1,775 yards and 18 touchdowns.

That has to be a concern for the Cougar defense, who has allowed opposing running backs to gain over 100 yards in three of the last five games.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said after the season finale that he plans to start official practices to prepare for the bowl around Dec. 18.

The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. MST at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Dec. 27.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. He can also be followed on Twitter at @JaredrLloyd.

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-- Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd is also the beat writer for the BYU football team, the columnist for the Cougar men’s basketball team and covers a variety of Utah Valley high school athletics. You can connect with him by email at jlloyd@heraldextra.com or by following him on Twitter at

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