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SAN FRANCISCO – BYU fell to Washington 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on Friday night.
Washington (9-4, 5-4 Pac-12) scored touchdowns on three of its four trips inside the red zone as BYU (8-5) scored one touchdown and three field goals on its three blue zone trips that contributed to the final margin. The Cougars scored all 16 of their points in the second quarter.
Taysom Hilll finished the game throwing for 293 yards and rushing for 133 yards. Cody Hoffman had 12 catches for 167 yards for his 18th 100-yard receiving game in his career to break the record held by Austin Collie. He also broke the BYU record for career all-purpose yards, ending his career with 5,015 and passing Curtis Brown.
Washington got inside the BYU 20-yard line on two of its first three drives of the game, but the Cougar defense held the Huskies to just one touchdown on their opening possession.
After a muffed punt gave Washington the ball on the BYU 22-yard line, the Huskies converted a fourth down and faced another fourth down from the 3-yard line. Kyle Van Noy broke through the line and tackled the Huskies’ running back for a nine-yard loss to hold the score at 7-0.
BYU responded by driving the ball 88 yards to tie the game at 7-7 on a one-yard run by Hill. The Cougars grabbed the momentum on a fake punt by Daniel Sorensen, and Hill completed his next four passes to move the offense down the field.
Washington returned the following kickoff back for a touchdown to take back the lead at 14-7. Two field goals by Justin Sorensen brought the score within one at 14-13. Sorensen’s first field goal was from 45 yards, which is a season long.
A long kickoff return by the Huskies set up Washington’s second rushing touchdown of the game to take a 21-13 lead with just over two and a half minutes left in the first half.
Justin Sorensen nailed his third field goal of the game as time expired in the first half to close the gap at 21-16 going into the locker room. On the drive, Hill found Hoffman three times for 41 yards to move the ball into field goal range.
Washington scored first in the second half after taking the opening drive of the half 62 yards for the score and a 28-16 lead.
An interception by Robertson Daniel deep in the Huskies’ territory set BYU up with great field position, but the Cougars were unable to turn the turnover into points as BYU went into the fourth quarter with the ball and trailing 28-16.
Craig Bills led the way on defense with nine tackles, and Van Noy had seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
SAN FRANCISCO – The BYU Cougars will meet the Washington Huskies in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl game, it was announced today by Bowl Executive Director and co-founder Gary Cavalli.
The two teams, both sporting 8-4 season records, will square off on Friday, December 27 at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. PST/9:30 p.m. EST kickoff and will be shown to a national audience by ESPN. This year’s kickoff marks a return to prime time for the first time since Nevada played Boston College in the 2010 postseason.
“This year’s matchup will be one of the very best in the history of our game,” Cavalli said. “We have two 8-4 teams, two nationally known programs, both with explosive offenses and big name players. We expect a great game, a huge crowd and terrific TV ratings. Our Board, staff and volunteers couldn’t be happier about landing Washington and BYU. We look forward to welcoming these two fine teams and providing them with a memorable week in San Francisco.”
The teams have split eight previous meetings. Their last contest was in 2010 with BYU earning a 23-17 victory at LaVell Edwards Stadium. This will be the first time the two programs have met in a bowl game.
“What an exciting opportunity for the Cougars to travel to the great city of San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl and to play Washington from the Pac-12,” said BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe. “Our coaches, players and fans will love the holiday season in San Francisco. It’s great to be able to add to the wonderful bowl tradition that is long associated with BYU football.”
BYU’s arduous schedule was highlighted by home victories over Texas and Boise State. The 37-20 home triumph Oct. 25 over Boise State elevated the Cougars to bowl eligibility for the ninth straight season. BYU put together a five-game winning streak midseason that featured wins over bowl-bound Boise State, Middle Tennesse, Georgia Tech, Utah State and Houston. The Cougars completed their regular season with a come-from-behind victory at Nevada Nov. 30.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to play the University of Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco,” said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “I’m proud of our team. We are excited to be in the postseason for the ninth straight year with a chance to grow our program facing an outstanding football program.”
Washington also finished 8-4 after negotiating its way through what’s arguably the most difficult conference schedule in college football, the Pac-12. Highlights included a season-opening victory over Boise State that christened the newly-renovated Husky Stadium; a four-game win streak to begin the campaign; and four victories in their last five contests. Washington concluded the season by throttling Oregon State 69-27 on the road and followed up with an Apple Cup victory over Washington State 27-17. The 8-4 finish was Washington’s best since 2001.
This year’s contest will be the finale at AT&T Park, the Bowl’s home since its 2002 inception. Beginning in 2014, the game will be played at Levi’s Stadium, the soon-to-be-completed, state-of-the-art stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., that will house the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Tickets for the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl vs. Washington are on sale now at BYUtickets.com or by calling 800-322-BYU1. Tickets start at $25. There are great ticket options available in the BYU section.
PREVIOUS WASHINGTON-BYU CONTESTS
Year Result Location
1985 BYU 31, Washington 3 Provo, UT
1986 Washington 52, BYU 21 Seattle, WA
1996 Washington 29, BYU 17 Seattle, WA
1997 Washington 42, BYU Provo, UT
1998 Washington 20, BYU 10 Seattle, WA
1999 BYU 35, Washington 28 Provo, UT
2008 BYU 28, Washington 27 Seattle, WA
2010 BYU 23, Washington 17 Provo, UT