by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
December 28, 2013
A trio of December 27 bowl games ended with a 31-16 win by Washington over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park, the home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants.
The idea of playing football in baseball stadiums seems quite silly - very little room in the back of the end zones, teams standing on the same sideline, sight line issues for fans, etc. But for some reason, this has become a recent trend.
In this particular game, Washington won the battle without head coach Steve Sarkisian who guided the team to an 8-4 regular season record before filling the USC opening. Boise State's Chris Petersen was announced on December 6 as Washington's new head coach, but Sarkisian's QB coach, Marques Tuiasosopo, was appointed interim head coach for the bowl season.
In the end, the school secured its best final record (9-4) since Tuiasosopo himself quarterbacked the 2000 Huskies to an 11-1 mark and a Rose Bowl championship over Drew Brees and Purdue. That was also the year that Washington had to come from behind to win in 8 different games.
A comeback wasn't necessary on this night as Washington never trailed. The Huskies broke open a tight game by scoring 17 of the game's final points.
BYU finished 8-5 for the second straight season and saw a 4-bowl winning streak come to an end.
Washington snapped a 2-bowl losing streak. The Huskies had finished 7-6 in each of the 3 previous seasons.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected the Huskies to win by 2.60 points.