Bowl future Sunny for Huskies

El Paso, Texas (December 8, 2002) — University of Washington accepted an invitation today to compete in the 2002 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl. The Huskies (7-5, 4-4 Pac-10) will meet Purdue University (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten) at Sun Bowl Stadium Tuesday, Dec. 31. It will be the 10th meeting between the Huskies and Boilermakers, and Washington leads the series 7-1-1. The most recent meeting was the 2001 Rose Bowl in which Washington defeated Purdue 34-24.

"We haven't had Washington in our game since 1995, and we're excited about having the Huskies return," said John Folmer, Sun Bowl Football Committee Chairman. "Not only will Washington bring many fans, but it will also bring a lot of national exposure to El Paso."

Washington will be making its eighth-straight bowl appearance and fourth under fourth-year head coach Rick Neuheisel.

The 2002 game will mark Washington's fourth Sun Bowl appearance. On Dec. 22, 1979 the Huskies defeated Texas 14-7. Washington lost 28-6 to Alabama in the Dec. 25, 1986 game. And most recently, the Huskies lost 38-18 to Iowa in the 1995 Sun Bowl on Dec. 29.

It will be Purdue's sixth bowl trip in six years under head coach Joe Tiller. Purdue will be making its second Sun Bowl appearance. The Boilermakers lost to Washington State 33-27 in last year's game. For the 10th time in Sun Bowl history, a team will be making a back-to-back appearance: Hardin-Simmons (1936-37); Arizona State (1940-41); Southwestern (1944-45); UTEP (1949-50); Pacific (1952-53); Southern Mississippi (1953-54); UTEP (1954-55): New Mexico State (1959-60); and Texas (1978-79).

Kickoff is at 12:15 p.m. (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 35th consecutive year. Ticket prices are $12, $18, $25, $35, $45 and $55. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), online at or at local TicketMaster outlets. Top Stories