For the second time in 2010, the Washington Huskies and Nebraska Cornhuskers will do battle on the gridiron. This time around, the stakes are higher. The Huskies and Huskers hit the field in San Diego for the ever prestigious Holiday Bowl, with Washington quarterback Jake Locker looking to avenge a 4-20 performance against Nebraska in September.
The vaunted Nebraska defense, ranked 8th in the nation in points allowed, features a defensive backfield loaded with NFL-caliber talent. Prince Amukamara steals the show for the Huskers, but the Blackshirt defense has plenty of talent to go around. Dejon Gomes is a ball-hawk in the defensive backfield, someone Locker has to account for as he tries to move the Washington offense.
The Huskies will have some help, though. Running back Chris Polk has been a tank in 2010, inviting contact as he punishes defenders after contact. Polk ran for 1238 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, including 284 yards and two scores in the Apple Cup. Throw change-of-pace back Jesse Callier’s 424 yards in there and Washington has the ability to provide a balanced attack to keep the Nebraska defense on their toes.
Can Washington step-up in the Holiday Bowl and get revenge for that 56-21 loss in Seattle or will it be all Nebraska yet again. We’ll find out tonight at 7 p.m. in San Diego as the Huskies and Cornhuskers square-off again. Tune in live to ESPN and follow our StoryStream throughout the game for live updates.