Jake Locker bounced back from an injury and scored on a 25-yard run in the third quarter and tailback Chris Polk ran for 177 yards and a score to help Washington to a 19-7 win over listless Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl Thursday night in San Diego.
The Huskies (7-6) avenged a 56-21 loss to the Huskers (10-4) in Seattle on September 18th. The Cornhuskers piled up 533 yards of total offense in that game, including 383 rushing.
While Washington was a winner in its first bowl game since 2002, the Huskers came out flat in their second straight Holiday Bowl appearance. They were manhandled on both sides of the line and imploded under 12 penalties for 102 yards.
Washington outgained Nebraska 340 yards to 189, including 268 to 91 rushing.
Nebraska starting quarterback Taylor Martinez limped off the field in the third quarter and was replaced by Cody Green. Martinez missed the regular-season finale against Colorado because of injuries to his right ankle and left foot.