The University of Washington Huskies will make their first appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl this year. The Huskies, who finished the season 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 Conference, will be making their way to San Antonio to take on the Baylor Bears on December 29th. This year the Huskies became just one of eight programs in the last 50 years to qualify for a bowl twice within three seasons after a winless record.
In his third season as Head Coach, Steve Sarkisian, who was previously an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for USC, arrived at Washington to turn the program around. He is currently one of the longest-tenured coaches in the conference and is standing on solid ground as he continues to improve the Husky program.
Washington started off their season with two non-conference wins against Eastern Washington and Hawai’i but then encountered their first loss to Nebraska, 2010 Holiday Bowl foe, 51-38. The Huskies were able to rebound and post three wins that started out their conference games winning against California, Utah and Colorado. Tough roads approached Washington in their next games where they ended 1-4 losing to Stanford, Oregon, USC, and Oregon State. Washington became bowl eligible after they won the Arizona game on October, 29th. In this game Chris Polk, tailback, became the first Husky ever to total 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He also rushed for a career-best four TDs. The Huskies finished out the season against in-state rival Washington State, where they came out on top 38-21.
Nine players from the Huskies squad have been honored on the Pac-12 all-conference football teams. Chris Polk earned the highest honors as he was named to the first team, followed by offensive tackle Senio Klemente and linebacker Cort Dennison who both earned second-team honors. Six other players also received honorable mention:WR Devin Aguilar, WR Jermaine Kearse, QB Keith Price, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Alameda Ta’amu and CB Desmond Trufant.
"We're excited to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl and to represent the University of Washington and the Pac-12 Conference,” said Sarkisian. “The selection is a testament to the hard work our team has put in, and we look forward to a great trip and exciting game."