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College Football
Preview
Brigham Young vs Washington
When: 9:30 PM ET, Friday, December 27, 2013
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

FIGHT HUNGER BOWL STORYLINES

1. Washington made a big splash by hiring Chris Petersen away from Boise State earlier this month, but its new coach will be a casual observer when the Huskies face BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 27. With Steve Sarkisian headed to USC, quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will lead the Huskies against BYU, which has won a school-record four consecutive bowl games. Washington is looking to win nine games for the first time since 2000, when Tuiasosopo was the Huskies’ starting quarterback.

2. BYU boasts a top-25-scoring defense, but the Cougars figure to be tested by an explosive Huskies' offense led by Bishop Sankey, who has rushed for 1,775 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Cougars also have to worry about Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught seven touchdown passes and received the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.

3. The teams have split eight meetings in a series that began in 1985. BYU has won its past three games against the Huskies, including a 23-17 victory in 2010. The Fight Hunger Bowl marks the teams’ first meeting in a bowl game.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Washington -3

ABOUT BYU (8-4): The Cougars recorded six wins against teams going to bowl games, including an impressive 40-21 victory over Texas on Sept. 7. BYU averages 274.6 yards rushing with dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill (28 total touchdowns) and running back Jamaal Williams leading the way. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy looks to follow-up last season’s star turn in the Poinsettia Bowl with another strong effort, but the Cougars’ defense could struggle if linebacker Spencer Hadley (knee), nose tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna (shoulder) and cornerback Robertson Daniel (neck) aren’t able to return from late-season injuries.

ABOUT WASHINGTON (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12): The Huskies won four of their last five games and finished third in the Pac-12 North Division, behind Stanford and Oregon. Senior quarterback Keith Price missed a game after suffering a shoulder injury against UCLA on Nov. 15, but he accounted for two touchdowns in a 27-17 win over Washington State in the regular-season finale. Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha had 10 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to lead the Huskies, who converted 16 of 22 takeaways into scores.

PREDICTION: Washington 34, BYU 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Brigham Young 8-4 W1 31.3 21.3 5-1 3-3 6-3 0-0 0-0
Washington 8-4 W2 38.5 23.4 6-1 2-3 1-3 0-0 5-4
Last Meeting
Brigham Young Washington
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/4/10 WASH 17 BYU 23 410 148 262 394 128 266
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Brigham Young J. Heaps 56.5 131 0 0
Washington J. Locker 54.1 266 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Brigham Young J. Di Luigi 13 69 5.3 0
Washington C. Polk 16 92 5.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Brigham Young J. Di Luigi 4 83 20.8 1
Washington J. Kearse 5 108 21.6 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Brigham Young J. Di Luigi 1
Washington J. Kearse 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Brigham Young T. Hill 54.1 2645 19 13
Washington K. Price 65.5 2843 20 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Brigham Young T. Hill 215 1211 5.6 9
Washington B. Sankey 306 1775 5.8 18
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Brigham Young C. Hoffman 45 727 16.2 5
Washington K. Smith 45 722 16.0 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Brigham Young T. Hill 9
Washington B. Sankey 19
Quickchart Matchup
Brigham Young Off vs  Washington Def
495.4 yards
381.5 yards
5.3 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt
Washington Off vs  Brigham Young Def
514.3 yards
383.8 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
8.4 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt