Alamo Bowl: Washington Headed To San Antonio To Face Texas; Huskies Game Notes

For the first time since a thrilling 2011 appearance, the Washington football team is headed back to the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Huskies will take on Texas, Dec. 29, at 6:00 p.m. PT, in San Antonio in the 30th edition of the game, played at the Alamodome.
The Huskies’ lone prior appearance in the Alamo Bowl was in the 2011 game, an historic shootout against Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and his Baylor team. Despite four passing and three rushing touchdowns from Husky quarterback Keith Price (a bowl game record for total TDs), the Bears prevailed, 67-56, in the highest-scoring, non-overtime bowl game of all time.
This year’s edition will pit the Huskies, ranked No. 12 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, against the No. 20 Longhorns (8-4), who are led by Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies’ third-year coach at the time of the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
Washington, which won its final six games to finish the 2022 season 10-2 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-12 (tied for second place), is making its first bowl-game appearance since the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl. The 2022 season marks just the third time in program history that a first-year head coach has led the Huskies to a bowl game, as Kalen DeBoer has done this year. The Dawgs’ 10 wins were most-ever at UW under a first-year head coach..
The 2022 Valero Alamo Bowl will be the Huskies’ 41st bowl berth.
Washington has faced Texas just four times ever, with the Longhorns winning three of those four. The teams played a home-and-home series in 1974 and 1975, with the Longhorns earning the win in both, led by former UW head coach Darrell Royal. Washington got its first win in the series in the 1979 Sun Bowl, as the 13th-ranked Huskies beat No. 11 Texas, 14-7. The Longhorns won the most recent meeting, coming from behind to edge the Dawgs, 47-43, in the 2001 Holiday Bowl.