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It's official: Washington will face Baylor in Valero Alamo Bowl

The Washington Huskies will face the Baylor Bears on Dec. 29 in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Here's the media release from the Valero Bowl.

Here's some quotes from the bowl media release ...

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian

Opening statements…

On behalf of the University of Washington, it is an honor to represent the Pac-12 Conference in the Valero Alamo Bowl. We can’t thank the Valero Alamo Bowl enough for the invitation. It will be tremendous matchup with the Baylor Bears. I will say that I hope the scoreboard works because, looking at these stats, this is going to be an explosive game.

On how his program has turned around over the last three years…

The history and tradition of the University of Washington is a rich one. You go back 20 years ago, they were national champions. It was a program that fell on hard times and ultimately hit rock bottom with a 0-12 season three years ago. To be where we are now representing Washington and the Pac-12 Conference in the Valero Alamo Bowl against a great opponent like Baylor is very exciting. I’m very happy for our senior class because we would not have been able to accomplish the things we’ve accomplished without them. I’m thankful for their willingness and resiliency because it hasn’t been easy. We’ve had our rough moments, but our kids have responded well and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

On his first trip to San Antonio and its impact on recruiting…

When we were coming together as a new program, we wanted to focus on recruiting from the West Coast. But as our conference has expanded, I think our recruiting zone has expanded. Hopefully the exposure we will get from playing in Texas on national television will benefit our recruitment.

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles

Opening statements…

We are really excited to be able to go to San Antonio. It is a great city with a great facility, so I know our players are excited to get down there to play Washington. I’ve had the opportunity to watch the Huskies this season, and I’ve been impressed with them offensively and defensively and what Coach Sarkisian has been able to do over the last few years. It is going to be a great game and we are excited to play on December 29th.

On Baylor’s offensive playmakers…

We have done well offensively, but we have also come a long way defensively, which is what we are really excited about. Our offensive line is a veteran group and those guys have done a great job of protecting and allowing us to run the ball. Kendall Wright is one of the top receivers in the country and has had an outstanding career, starting all four years. Terrance Ganaway has also done a great job of filling in at the running back position. We have an experienced group of guys on both sides of the ball, but we like having the opportunity to get better. That’s the beauty of a bowl game, it gives you more time to work with your players and increase their production.

On coming back to the Valero Alamo Bowl as head coach of the Baylor Bears…

It is a thrill for our school and our football program. San Antonio is a great city and it is a great bowl experience for the fans. San Antonio is hungry for football because there isn’t a pro team and UTSA is just getting started, so we are excited for the opportunity to get back down there and play.

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