American Football Database
2010 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
33rd Holiday Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7
University of Washington 10 0 7 2 19
Date December 30, 2010
Season 2010
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
Favorite Nebraska by 14[1]
Attendance 57,921
Payout US$2,130,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews
Nielsen ratings 4.0
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The 2010 Holiday Bowl (also known as Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl) was the thirty-third edition of the college football bowl game and was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The game started at 7:00 PM US PST on Thursday, December 30, 2010 and matched the Nebraska Cornhuskers against the Washington Huskies. The game was telecast on ESPN. The Washington Huskies won 19-7. San Diego’s Bridgepoint Education became the new title sponsor of the Holiday Bowl.



Nebraska entered the game at 10-3 on the season and was the Big 12 North Champions. The Huskers came close to a BCS Bowl bid for the second straight season but a midseason injury to quarterback Taylor Martinez brought the offense back down to earth. This was the second straight season that the Cornhuskers played in the Holiday Bowl. The previous season they shut out Arizona 33-0. It was the third time in school history that Nebraska played in the Holiday Bowl as they also participated in the 1998 game against Arizona-a game they lost 23-20.


The Huskies ran off three consecutive wins to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2002. Led by quarterback Jake Locker, Washington boasted one of the better offenses in the country. However, the defense had been less than solid. This was the Huskies' fourth appearance in the Holiday Bowl and their first win in the game. They lost to Colorado, Kansas State and Texas in 1996, 1999, and 2001 respectively (Colorado is now in the same conference as Washington).

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring play Score
1st quarter
WASH - Polk, Chris 3 yd run (Folk, Erik kick), 09:08 WASH 7-0
WASH - Folk, Erik 39 yd field goal, 01:29 WASH 10-0
2nd quarter
NEB - Reed, Kyler 15 yd pass from Martinez, T. (Henery, Alex kick), 10:24 WASH 10-7
3rd quarter
WASH - Locker, Jake 25 yd run (Folk, Erik kick), 13:18 WASH 17-7
4th quarter
WASH - Team safety, 13:38 WASH 19-7


Statistics Nebraska Washington
First Downs 14 21
Total offense, plays - yards 62-189 71-340
Rushes-yards (net) 41-91 52-268
Passing yards (net) 98 72
Passes, Att-Comp-Int 21-10-1 19-6-0
Time of Possession 28:56 31:04

Game notes

The two schools have played each other on eight previous occasions including earlier that season. Nebraska was a blowout winner in the September 2010 matchup between the two teams by a score of 56-21. Going into this game, the Huskers held an advantage in the overall series 4-3-1. Following the Washington victory, the series is again tied with the series standing at 4-4-1. This was the first time that the two schools had met in a bowl game.


  1. The Odds, College Football Bowls, Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2010

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