|Washington RB Bishop Sankey was named MAACO Bowl MVP after rushing for 205 yards in the Huskies' loss. (US Presswire)|
A 38-yard field goal by Husky kicker Travis Coons with 4:09 left in the game gave Washington (7-6) a late 26-25 lead, but Boise State's Michael Frisina responded with a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 left that proved to be the game-winner.
Frisina's kick was set up by Bronco kick returner Shane Williams-Rhodes, who, after Coons' field goal, returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Washington 42-yard line. Boise State QB Joe Southwick then drove the Broncos 30 yards in nine plays to set up the game-winning kick. Southwick finished 26 of 38 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington had a chance to win after Frisina's kick, but Husky quarterback Keith Price threw an interception with 24 seconds left that sealed the game for the Broncos (11-2). Price threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two costly interceptions.
Washington RB Bishop Sankey totaled 279 yards in the game, a number that was good enough to earn game MVP. Sankey carried the ball 30 times for 205 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore running back -- who was third on the depth chart when the season began -- also caught six passes for 74 yards.
When the game turned: Williams-Rhodes' 47-yard kickoff return gave Boise State a big play when the Broncos needed one the most. The return led to great field position for Boise State and the great field position led to Frisina's field goal.
Highlight moments: It wouldn't be a Boise State bowl game without at least one trick play. In the second quarter, Southwick threw a backwards pass to WR Chris Potter who then threw 34-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Holden Huff. ... With Washington trailing 18-3 in the second quarter and needing a score, Sankey came through with a 26-yard touchdown run,
Significance of Boise State's victory: The MAACO Bowl might want to change its name to the Boise State Bowl. The Broncos have won three straight bowl games in Vegas and have won four straight overall, dating back to their Fiesta Bowl win over TCU after the 2009 season. The win over Washington was Boise State's 11th of the season, marking the fifth straight season the Broncos have won at least 11 games.
Significance of Washington's loss: The MAACO Bowl loss sends the Huskies into the offseason in somewhat of a tailspin. Washington ended the year with two straight losses, including an Apple Cup loss to Washington State where it blew a 28-10 fourth-quarter lead. Price's two-interception performance against the Broncos -- and overall inconsistent performance this season -- could mean coach Steve Sarkisian opens up the quarterback competition for the 2013 season. The Huskies missed a chance at reaching the eight-win mark, something they haven't done since going 8-4 in 2001.
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey -- 205 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries; 6 catches for 74 yards.
- Washington WR Kasen Williams -- 6 catches for 95 yards.
- Boise State QB Joe Southwick -- 26-of-38 passing for 267 yards and two touchdowns.
- Boise State WR Chris Potter -- 1-of-1 passing for 34 yards and a touchdown; 8 catches for 55 yards.
- Boise State WR Matt Miller -- 6 catches for 90 yards.
- Boise State WR Holden Huff: 2 catches for 35 yards and two touchdowns.
- Boise State K Michael Frisina: 3 for 3 on field goals, including a career-long 34-yarder.
What they said:
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey on winning the MVP, but losing the game: "There's a lot of mixed emotions going on. The MVP doesn't mean so much when you come out a loser."
- Boise State K Michael Frisina on his game-winning kick: "It's every kicker's dream to win a big game with a field goal. For this one to come on the last game of my career, you couldn't ask for anything more."
Numbers you should know: 205 -- Sankey's 205-yard rushing total is a new Washington bowl game record... 852 -- Huskies TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught six passes for 61 yards against the Broncos, giving him 852 for his career, a single-season record for Washington tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins crushed the old record of 795 set by Dave Williams (1965-67).
(For more on the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, checkout the Eye on College Football Blog here)