Holiday Bowl: After deadline...
Some post-deadline goodies from Thursday night's Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium...
Washington beat Nebraska, 19-7, and more or less beat the Cornhuskers at their own game, pounding them on defense and running the ball down their throat.
The win helped the Huskies exact revenge for a 56-21 beating Nebraska gave them at Husky Stadium on Sept. 18.
--Washington running back Chris Polk earned Offensive MVP honors after rushing for 177 yards in 34 carries. He also scored a touchdown.
--Washington linebacker Mason Foster earned Defensive MVP honors.
--Nebraska had only 189 yards on the night, a season low.
--Nebraska gave up 85 rushing yards combined in their previous three bowl games. On Thursday, the Cornhuskers yielded 268.
--Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini lost his first bowl game in four years, whereas Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian has gone from an 0-12 team to a team with a bowl victory in only two seasons.
--This tied a Holiday Bowl record for the fewest total points. The other was the 1991 Holiday Bowl.
--It was the coldest game time temperature (51 degrees) since 1984.
Here's some postgame comments:
"We came out here to ring them out. That's what they did to us in week three."
-Washington linebacker Cort Dennison
-Washington quarterback Jake Locker
"I can't believe that like two years ago we were an 0-12 team."
"Well, it's fantastic. I can't wait to get into the locker room, remind these guys they're champions this year. We're Holiday Bowl champions."
And, to close, a quote from Pelini:
"You name it. We didn't play well."
-- Baxter Holmes, reporting from San Diego
Photo: Washington linebacker Mason Foster (40) and defensive tackle Kalani Aldrich bring down Nebraska running back Roy Helu in the third quarter Thursday night. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire