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Huskies to play Nebraska in Holiday Bowl Dec. 30

Four weeks ago, the Husky football team was 3-6 and heading in the wrong direction. But the Dawgs beat UCLA, California and Washington State to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2002. Congratulations to Steve Sarkisian, Jake Locker and all the Husky fans who are celebrating today.

Washington (6-6) has been selected to play Nebraska (10-3) in the 2010 Holiday Bowl. The game is Dec. 30 in San Diego, and the UW Alumni Association will be there hosting its biggest Washington Warm Up in years. Stay tuned for more info and keep checking for the latest details.

The Huskies won the 103rd Apple Cup in dramatic fashion, scoring a 35-28 victory in Pullman on Jake Locker’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with 44 seconds remaining. It was an amazing moment for Husky fans and a statement game for a UW program that has been through so much in recent years. The bowl berth is a huge step forward and we can’t wait to see you in San Diego. has all the info on tickets and more. Of course, there will be plenty of Husky Football Viewing Parties all across the country.

Friday Night’s Husky Happy Hour in Spokane started our Apple Cup fun off right. We packed C.I. Shenanigans and sang Bow Down to Washington with the band as loud as we could. On game day, we rolled down to Pullman in style, with a host of lucky fans taking the Husky Express Bus to Martin Stadium and back. The pre-game Warm Up was awesome (as usual), with an estimated 300 fans enjoying good food, great spirits and all the purple and gold passion they could handle.

The Apple Cup was incredible. This Husky team is resilient. And now we are off to a bowl game. So proud to be a Husky. Go Dawgs!

Photo by Dean Rutz, Seattle Times.


11 Responses to “Huskies to play Nebraska in Holiday Bowl Dec. 30”

  1. jake wrote:
    December 6, 2010

    what hotels are husky fans staying at in san diego for the holiday bowl.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      December 6, 2010

      Hi Jake –

      We are working on this. I will let you know ASAP when we have a little more information.


    • Derek Belt wrote:
      December 14, 2010

      Hi Jake – The two hotels that most fans are staying at in San Diego are Hilton Bayfront and Grand Hyatt. If you haven’t gotten a room yet, there may be a few available through our Husky football travel partner, Northwet Travel. Here’s the link:


  2. David wrote:
    December 7, 2010

    I’d suggest staying downtown in or around the Gaslamp, and not in Mission / Fashion Valley (Hotel Circle). Staying close to Qualcomm can be convenient, but there isn’t much to do. The trolley runs from downtown to the stadium, or you can take a 15 min cab ride.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      December 14, 2010

      Hi David –

      Thanks for the tip. Are you heading down to the game? Will we see you at the Warm Up pre-game party?


  3. Mark Pedersen wrote:
    December 15, 2010

    Dear Alumni:

    As a UW alumnus, Tyee Club purple section season ticket holder, and loyal Husky fan for the past 50 years, I am extremely disappointed in losing our traditional purple and gold uniforms of the men’s football and basketball teams!!

    “Mighty are the men who wear the purple and the gold”, not Black!

    “Go Purple, be Gold”, not Black!!

    Can you imagine Capt Husky wearing all black??!! The marching band in black?? STOP!

    I love ALL the players, regardless of their ethnicity, but if they want to wear black, let them go to Oregon State U., Purdue, Harvard, Iowa, Idaho State U., Grambling State, Missouri, or Wake Forest… but not Husky Stadium or Hec Ed!!

    If the Oregon Ducks want to abandon their traditional school colors and think it is cool – let them stew in their silliness, but not us Huskies!!

    Having an additional set of black or white pants and jerseys is a waste of money, especially during hard economic times and when you are trying to raise money from the Husky alums, like me. All of the fans around me and my wife are complaining about the black uniforms. We even heard complaints when the football team wore white pants instead of gold.

    Let’s get back to the traditional Purple and Gold uniforms and nip this black nonsense in the bud. While I will buy my two Purple Seats to preserve my spot until decision makers come to their senses, I refuse to consider any other financial gifts or support until a change is made. If it is not, I will get even more sick to my stomach and start rooting for the, gulp, Cougs!

    • William Berry wrote:
      December 19, 2010

      If the color of the a few uniforms is enough to make you switch to the Crimson and Silver, then you sir do not bleed true purple and gold. It matters not if the uniforms are black with gold trim or black with purple trim. What matters most is the “W” on the helmets or the “Washington” across the front. These players play for pride and they bleed purple and gold. The package the wins are presented in matters not, if the wins are abundant and I for one am glad that the TRUE Huskies are going to a Bowl game once again.

  4. DJ Pheloneous wrote:
    December 22, 2010

    Heading SD for the game and will be there the 28th to the 1st, where are the parties at?

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      December 22, 2010

      The night before the Holiday Bowl, we are hosting a Husky Happy Hour at Moondoggies and Pacific Beach Bar & Grill near the beach. We’ll have Happy Hour prices going for all fans wearing purple. Definitely the place to be for Huskies in San Diego. Are you going to the Warm Up before the game? This is the UW’s official pre-game party and is going to be loaded.

      Warm Up site:

  5. J. Camealy wrote:
    December 31, 2010

    Help!! Who won the game. We live in Ohio now and tried soooo hard to watch the rest of the game but couldn’t keep the eyes open.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      December 31, 2011

      Washington won the game, 19-7.

      I was there and it was incredible, maybe the best game UW has played in a decade. The defense was the best it’s been in ages, and the running game was down Nebraska’s throat all night long. An amazing win for the Huskies, and a New Years present for all UW fans.

      Steve Kelley’s column in the Seattle Times is the best recap of the game.

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