Fight Hunger Bowl Dec. 27, 2013 at AT&T Park
By: Tyler Gosnell
The Washington Huskies will meet the BYU Cougars in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl game.
The two teams, both sporting 8-4 season records, will square off on Friday, Dec. 27 at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. [PST]/9:30 p.m. [EST] kickoff and will be shown to a national audience by ESPN.
The teams have split eight previous meetings. Their last contest was in 2010 with BYU a 23-17 victory.
BYU’s arduous schedule was highlighted by a 37-20 home triumph Oct. 25 over Boise State that elevated the Cougars to bowl eligibility and made them the first of 70+ teams to qualify for postseason play. BYU put together a 5-game winning streak midseason and also defeated Texas in September. The Cougars completed their regular season with a come-from-behind victory at Nevada Nov. 30.
Washington also finished 8-4 after negotiating its way through what’s arguably the most difficult conference schedule in college football, the Pac-12. Highlights included a season-opening victory over Boise State that christened the newly-renovated Husky Stadium; a 4-game win streak to begin the campaign; and four victories in their last five contests. Washington concluded the season by throttling Oregon State 69-27 on the road and followed up with an Apple Cup victory over Washington State 27-17. The 8-4 finish was Washington’s best since 2001.
“This year’s matchup will be one of the very best in the history of our game,” Gary Cavalli, Bowl Executive Director and co-founder, said. “We have two 8-4 teams, two nationally known programs, both with explosive offenses and big name players. We expect a great game, a huge crowd and terrific TV ratings.
Washington brings one of the game’s most prolific offenses to San Francisco. The Huskies averaged 514.3 yards of total offense, which was second overall in the Pac-12. The rush game averaged 243.0 yards/game and the pass game 271.3.
This year’s contest will be the finale at AT&T Park, the Bowl’s home since its 2002 inception. Beginning in 2014, the game will be played at Levi’s Stadium, the soon-to-be-completed, state-of-the-art stadium in Santa Clara, CA that will house the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Also next year, the game will feature matchups between the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences. The two conferences announced earlier this year that each would provide upper echelon teams to the Bowl over the course of a six-year agreement that runs through 2019.
For ticket information visit www.fighthungerbowl.org or call 800-225-2277.
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