By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO-Heading into their first ever Fight Hunger Bowl appearance, the Washington Huskies were hit a blow to the stomach that would have erupted Mt. St. Helens again.
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, who was hired prior to the 2009 season, replacing Tyrone Willingham, who was fired after going 0-12 during the 2008 season left the program and headed to the University of Southern California as head coach.
Sarkisian is eventually being replaced by Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, but during the bowl game, the Huskies will be coached by Marques Tuiasosopo, who led the Huskies a Rose Bowl victory over the Purdue Boilermakers and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on January 1, 2001.
The Huskies, who enter the game with an 8-4 record will face the Brigham Young Cougars, who also enter the game with an identical 8-4 record.
Bishop Sankey is the Huskies leading rusher, as the junior out of Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep High School topped the 1,000 yard plateau for the second year in a row, gaining 1,775 yards after gaining 1,439 yards in his sophomore season.
Senior Keith Price is the Huskies quarterback, and enters the game with 216 completions out of 330 attempts with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The senior out of Compton, CA was named All PAC-12 Honorable Mention, and was a captain for the second consecutive season.
This is the fourth consecutive bowl game for the Huskies, who are just the second team in the last 50 years to have gone from a winless season to four bowl games in five seasons, joining the 1982 Florida Gators.