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Holiday Bowl: After deadline...

December 31, 2010 |  3:01 am


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

"This is the experience I came back for."

-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