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05/05/2015

USC coach Steve Sarkisian guided

USC coach Steve Sarkisian guided Washington to win over Nebraska in 2010 Holiday Bowl

 

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is soaked with a sports drink cheap nfl jerseys after his team 19 7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

 

Share PhotoWashington coach Steve Sarkisian is soaked with a sports drink after his team 19 7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

 

Steve Sarkisian knows how to beat Nebraska in a bowl game.

 

This bowl game.

 

Sarkisian did it four years ago, coaching Washington to a 19 7 victory over the heavily favored Cornhuskers.

 

Here he is again, Sarkisian Cheap NFL Jerseys capping his first season as USC head coach with the Trojans' first trip to the National University Holiday Bowl. No. 24 ranked USC is favored by a touchdown over No. 25 Nebraska in Saturday night's game at Qualcomm Stadium.

 

Asked after a recent practice about his experience against Nebraska, Sarkisian said: "They've changed, like everybody does. Over time you change. . The basis of what they do is still very similar, but the scheme to fit the personnel (has changed). It's an entirely different quarterback, different secondary, different D line, those types of things."

 

Sarkisian was born and raised in Torrance. He has fond memories of coming to the Holiday Bowl. Those, too, include Nebraska.

 

"Sat in the stands the first time, Arizona Nebraska matchup back in the day," Sarkisian said.

 

He was among a then record crowd of 65,354 who watched Arizona score a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter for a 23 20 victory over Nebraska.

 

"There's been great, great memories," Sarkisian said.

 

For him, maybe.

 

Huskers fans, many of them making the 1,555 mile trip from Lincoln, came out in large numbers for the game. There were a lot of long faces leaving the stadium that night.

 

Sarkisian didn't have a seat when he saw Nebraska play 12 years after that first visit. He was on the Washington sideline, guiding the Huskies to one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 bowl season.

 

Nebraska came into the game a two touchdown favorite. The Huskers also had beaten Washington 56 21 during the third game of the season that year. And the Huskies had to win their last three games just to be bowl eligible.

 

But Nebraska appeared uninspired at the Holiday Bowl, a syndrome seen here on previous occasions when teams had higher Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys aspirations dashed. Nebraska had a BCS bowl in its sights before suffering a 23 20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.

 

The Huskers accepted the Holiday's invitation, but it wasn't with the same enthusiasm as previous trips. In fact, they had just come to San Diego the previous year, putting a 33 0 beating on Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

 

Sarkisian had the Huskies focused from the moment the team got here. They already had practiced twice before Nebraska touched down in town.

 

Asked then if Washington was trying to get an edge in the game, Sarkisian said, "This is our formula. This is a formula that has stood the test of time. nfl jerseys china It's been successful. I believe in it."

 

It was Washington's first bowl game in eight years, so it wasn't a formula Sarkisian developed in Seattle. It evolved at USC, where Sarkisian was an assistant coach with the Trojans for seven years before being hired at Washington.

 

Crucial to Washington's success against Nebraska four years ago was competing up front. Nebraska averaged 25 pounds heavier across the line against Washington, blowing back the Huskies in the early season blowout. In the Holiday Bowl, Washington had shuffled its linemen and the Huskies were substantially more physical up front. USC starts three true freshmen guards Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao and left tackle Toa Lobendahn on the offensive line. It bears watching if they can hold their own. Mama (370) and Talamaivao (330) have the size to do so. The Trojans have an all conference center in junior Max Tuerk. USC's personnel on the defensive line is superior to what Washington possessed. Two time All American defensive end Leonard Williams leads the unit.