The Washington Huskies are hoping to make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2008 after finishing last in the Mountain West Conference in 2018.
The Huskies lost to Utah in a 27-24 overtime loss at home on Sunday.
“I think it was really good for us,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said of the victory.
“It was good for our group.
It was a great atmosphere.
I think everybody’s been out there, we’ve been through a lot.
We’re looking forward to playing in the Super Bowl.”
Holgensen said the team is also looking forward the opportunity to get back to the Superdome.
“We’ve been to a lot of different places,” he said.
We didn’t do it in 2018, we didn’t get to the big game in 2022, so we’re excited to get it back. “
When you’re a team that’s playing a bowl game, you have to get a Super bowl win and I think that was the case for us.
Washington’s season has been plagued by injuries. “
You know what, this is the right time to do it.”
Washington’s season has been plagued by injuries.
Linebacker Chris Jones tore his ACL against Oklahoma and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
The team also lost defensive lineman Jordan Mills to a torn ACL last week.
The Cougars also lost linebacker Anthony Cioffi, who suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
The loss of Mills will make it difficult for the Huskies to secure the final playoff berth.
“He’s our top-end guy,” Holgonsen said.
“[I think] with all the injuries, I think there are a lot more guys in there that can contribute to this football team.”
The Husky defense ranked seventh nationally in total defense (264.0 yards per game) and fifth in sacks (10.0) in 2018 before the injury to Jones.
The defense has been among the best in the country in recent years, allowing just 18.5 points per game.
The game was the Husky’s first of the 2018 season.
It will be the Huskers first home game since beating BYU 34-20 in Week 2.
The win is Washington’s second in two days.