Nebraska will be making its third trip to the Holiday Bowl.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers to Make Return Trip to Holiday Bowl

By NU Athletic Communications

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Nebraska is set to make its 47th all-time bowl appearance and its second straight trip to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl to take on Washington on Thursday, Dec. 30, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The game against the 6-6 Huskies will be a rematch of a 56-21 Nebraska victory in Seattle on Sept. 18.

The bowl appearance is Nebraska's third straight under Head Coach Bo Pelini and its 47th overall in school history, the fifth-most of any school in the country. It is Nebraska's third overall appearance in the Holiday Bowl, having appeared in the game in 1998 and 2009. This will be the first-ever postseason meeting between Nebraska and Washington.

Kickoff for the Holiday Bowl is set for 7 p.m. PST (9 p.m. CST) on Dec. 30, with ESPN providing the telecast to a national audience.

The Huskers are coming off a 23-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, dropping Nebraska to 10-3 on the season. Nebraska's three losses have come by a total of 13 points, and the 10-win season has given NU back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001.

Nebraska's 35-point victory over Washington in Seattle in September was the eighth all-time meeting between the schools, with NU holding a 4-3-1 edge. The Huskers have won the past three meetings, and the schools will meet again in Lincoln on Sept. 17, 2011.

Nebraska rushed for 383 yards and rolled up 533 yards of total offense in the victory over UW earlier this season. Nebraska also limited a talented Husky offense to just 246 yards of total offense.

Washington heads into the bowl game on a three-game winning streak with victories over UCLA, California and Washington State. The win streak allowed UW to even its record and qualify for its first bowl game since 2002.

Nebraska will receive an allotment of 11,000 tickets for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The remaining tickets in Nebraska's allotment will be available to the general public at, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The Athletic Ticket Office (Stadium Drive Parking Garage) will also be open on Monday morning for over-the-counter sales, and can be reached by phone at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Tickets for the game range in price from $30 to $75.

Other Nebraska Bowl Notes       
--Nebraska has a 24-22 record in bowl games. The Huskers have won 10 of its last 14 bowl games and four of its past five since 2003.

--This year's game will be Nebraska's fifth bowl game in the state of California, including the three Holiday Bowl appearances and the 1941 and 2002 Rose Bowl games.

--Nebraska is 1-3 against the Pac-10 in bowl games, with last year's Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona being NU's first bowl win against the league. In addition to last year's game, NU lost the 1998 Holiday Bowl against Arizona, and also lost bowl games against Stanford (1941 Rose) and Arizona State (1975 Fiesta).

--Six of Nebraska's 2010 opponents are appearing in bowl games. Looking forward to the 2011 schedule, nine of the 11 currently scheduled opponents are set to play in a bowl game this fall, including BCS Bowl participants Wisconsin and Ohio State.


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