SAN DIEGO -- It looks as if someone's trying to sneak a New Year's Day matchup in a couple of days early.
Tonight's Holiday Bowl game pits No. 8 Colorado against No. 13 Washington. Both teams have nine victories and missed at least a share of their conference's championship by less than a touchdown.
Yet they slip into San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium for a 8 p.m. kickoff while teams with worse records will compete on or nearer to New Year's Day.
What these teams can expect to experience is a lot of the other team's offense.
Washington brings tailback Corey Dillon as its offense. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound tailback became a starter in the fourth game of the season and led the Pacific-10 Conference and set Washington's single-season rushing record with 1,555 yards in eight games. He set a school record with 22 rushing touchdowns and another by reception, and he ranked first in the nation in scoring with 12.55 points a game.
Colorado gave up an average of 131 rushing yards.
Washington's defense, led by linebacker Jason Chorak -- the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, also will have its hands full.
Colorado quarterback Koy Detmer leads a quick-striking offense that averaged 452 yards a game -- 303 by air.
Pub Date: 12/30/96