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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE #17

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Dear Friends of the Fight Hunger Bowl,

I'm thrilled to inform you that earlier this afternoon we invited the University of Washington Huskies to play BYU in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on December 27!

Our Board, staff, and volunteers couldn't be happier about landing Washington. This will be the Huskies' first appearance in our game, and they bring a rich tradition, a passionate fan base, and a large contingent of alumni in the Bay Area. Washington's selection ensures that our matchup will be one of the very best in the 12-year history of the bowl. We will have two 8-4 teams, two nationally known programs, both with explosive offenses and big name players. We anticipate a great game, a huge crowd, and terrific TV ratings. 

A little more about Washington. The Huskies spent a good part of the year in the top 25. They opened the season by christening their newly-renovated stadium with a big win over Boise State, and ended by beating Washington State, 27-17, in the Apple Cup. The 8-4 mark was Washington's best since 2001. Bowl directors always like high scoring teams, and Washington will bring one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Huskies averaged 514 yards per game, second in the Pac-12. Leading the charge were running back Bishop Sankey, who rushed for 1774 yards and 18 touchdowns, and quarterback Keith Price, who threw for 20 TDs with just five interceptions. 

In the past few days you may have heard about the Huskies' coaching change. After Steve Sarkisian moved to USC, Athletic Director Scott Woodward acted quickly to hire Boise State's Chris Petersen, one of the most successful coaches in college football. On top of that exciting news, we're also pleased that the interim coach for our bowl game will be former Husky and Oakland Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo.

On the other side of our matchup, of course, is BYU. We've written a lot this year about the Cougars, and with good reason. They have a potent offense of their own led by sophomore QB Taysom Hill, who accounted for 28 touchdowns in leading the team in both rushing and passing. The defense is anchored by All-America linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

We believe it's shaping up to be a great game and a great week for college football here in the Bay Area. We look forward to welcoming these two fine teams and providing them with a memorable experience in San Francisco. 

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