UCLA does not get to go to the Rose Bowl, but the Bruins do get to stay home for bowl season.
The Bruins will play Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Dec. 27. It will allow UCLA to scrub clean the 27-24 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game Friday.
That put the Cardinal into the Rose Bowl and the 17th-ranked Bruins in limbo.
The Valero Alamo Bowl and Holiday Bowl were the two possible destinations. Players received the news that they were going to San Diego before UCLA's season-ending banquet Sunday night.
"I was interested to see what mood the seniors would be in coming off that tough loss and the disappointment of not going to the Rose Bowl," Coach Jim Mora said. "They were excited to get to play one more time together and play in the Holiday Bowl."
The Bruins, 9-4, were appealing to Holiday Bowl officials in part because of the Los Angeles television market. That UCLA fans could make an easy trek to the game was an...