The 2010 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will mark the ninth meeting of the two teams. Nebraska leads the series with a record of 4-3-1. Nebraska marks the return to the Holiday Bowl after its appearance last year.
“We had a great experience in San Diego last year, and the Holiday Bowl committee and staff did an outstanding job of hosting our team. I know we’ll get great hospitality again this year,” Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. “Our team has worked hard since the start of practice in August and are deserving of an enjoyable bowl experience, and the opportunity to win an 11th game.”
Coach Pelini brings his Nebraska Cornhuskers to San Diego with a 10-3 overall record. They posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2000 and 2001. Nebraska again boasts one of the nation’s most dominant defenses, ranking in the top 10 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense.
"We're thrilled to be invited to play in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and to represent the University of Washington and the Pac-10," Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian said. "This is a tremendous reward for a football team that fought through to the end of the season. We look forward to a great trip and an exciting game vs. Nebraska."
The Huskies are led on offense by senior quarterback Jake Locker, who will end his career at or near the top of nearly every statistical category for a QB in UW history. He's joined by sophomore tailback Chris Polk, whose 285 rushing yards Saturday vs. Washington State gave him 1,238 for the season. Junior receiver Jermaine Kearse has 1,001 receiving yards.
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Holiday Bowl Festivities
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
One of the major events during Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl week is the annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, held the morning of gameday. The family friendly event takes place on December 30, 9 a.m., and features a parade of floats, marching bands, and of course, large balloons.
The Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union is recognized as "America's Largest Balloon Parade". San Diego residents along with thousands of Pacific Life Holiday Bowl visitors will enjoy massive inflatables, numbering more than any other parade in the nation, colorful floats, unique drill teams, heart-pounding marching bands, and even racing wiener dogs!
The parade route starts at the County Administration Building on Harbor Drive and continues down to Seaport Village.
Big Bay Family FestivalAfter the parade make sure to visit the Big Bay Family Festival sponsored by Amtrak and Bank of America. Located on Broadway Pier, the Big Bay Family Festival is free fun for the whole family. Climb 25 feet up into the air on the Coconut Climb or try your kicking leg at the Field Goal Kick. The event will also feature carnival games, balloon artists and airbrush tattoos. The entertainment continues with a steel drum band as well as a live ship battle between the HMS Surprise and the Californian right there on The Big Bay, courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.