The BYU football team spent Tuesday at the Poinsettia Bowl wrapping up its last full practice of the 2012 season, attended the San Diego Zoo and visited with families from Make-A-Wish San Diego.
The Cougars practiced in a steady early afternoon rain before putting the finishing touches on the field for bowl preparation.
Most of the team visited the San Diego Zoo in the afternoon. Several players had a close encounter with a few giraffes, even getting to feed some of them. Defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah was especially concerned with how personal the giraffe was getting.
Some of the players skipped out on the visit to the zoo to visit some kids from Make-A-Wish in San Diego. Young children with various illnesses and trials visited with both BYU and SDSU players, taking photos, chatting and just hanging out. San Diego State head coach Rocky Long and Bronco Mendenhall, along with their families visited as well.
Marching bands and fans participated in the Gaslamp March in downtown San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter to close out the night's activities.
Both head coaches will participate in a press conference Wednesday morning before both teams attend a luncheon aboard the USS Midway.
Photos by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo