Saturday, December 22, 2012
Instant analysis: Boise St. 28, Wash. 26
By Kevin Gemmell
The Washington Huskies trailed Boise State for most of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas -- falling behind 18-3 at one point. But they battled back and took the lead with four minutes left in the game. The Broncos didn't stay down for long, however. Here's how it all went down in Las Vegas.
It was over when: Washington quarterback Keith Price was intercepted in the final 30 seconds by Jeremy Ioane, ending a potential game-winning drive.
Turning point: After the Huskies took a 26-25 lead late in the game, Boise State's Shane Williams-Rhodes returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Washington 42. That set up Michael Frisina's 27-yard go-ahead field goal with about 1:30 left in the game.
Boise State game ball goes to: Quarterback Joe Southwick was a poised 26 of 38 for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions. But it was really his scrambling and 11 rushes for 39 yards that extended drives.
Washington game ball goes to: Running back Bishop Sankey, who looked like the best player on the field. He rushed for 205 yards on 30 carries and also caught six balls for 74 yards.
Unsung hero: Boise State's kicking game gets a bad rap. But aside from the blocked PAT, Frisina was solid, hitting on all three field goal attempts.
Stat of the game: The layoff didn't impact either team's discipline. It was a very clean game with a combined five penalties for 33 yards.
What it means: For the Broncos, it's another big victory over a BCS conference opponent, a fourth straight bowl victory and their third straight win in Las Vegas. For the Huskies, they again fail to reach the eight-win mark and haven't had an eight-win season since 2001. Coupled with the loss to Washington State in the Apple Cup, they end the year on a two-game skid.