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BYU football: Cougars to face Washington in Fight Hunger Bowl

Published December 8, 2013 7:23 pm

College football • Game is Dec. 27 in San Francisco.
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Provo • It is not as juicy as it appeared to be before some coaching changes last week, but BYU's matchup in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl is a good one.

The Cougars announced Sunday afternoon that they will meet the Washington Huskies in the game at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Dec. 27. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. MST and the game will be televised by ESPN.

It will be the first bowl meeting between BYU and Washington. The all-time series is tied 4-4, with BYU having won the last three meetings.

Washington was coached this season by former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian, but he is leaving to take the head coaching job at USC. He will be replaced by Boise State's Chris Petersen, but Marques Tuiasosopo will serve as interim coach in the bowl game.

The last time BYU faced an interim coach in a bowl game, it defeated UCLA 17-16 in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl.

The Huskies went 8-4 in the regular season with nonconference wins over Boise State, Idaho State and Illinois.

The Huskies feature one of the best running backs in college football, junior Bishop Sankey. He has rushed for 1,775 yards and 18 touchdowns, and quite likely will be playing in his last college game because it is expected he will enter the NFL Draft in April.