The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which features the Washington Huskies (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) against the #19 Boise State Broncos (10-2, 7-1 MWC), who find themselves in Las Vegas for the postseason for the third year in a row. STAT BOX STORIES owner Brian Parker took control of Washington in their bid to help the Broncos’ Las Vegas luck finally run out after two wins a row.
Five Touchdown Passes and 102 Yard Interception Return Key Huskies 52-31 Win in Sin City
Las Vegas, N.V. – Points and yards came easily at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, but perhaps the biggest gamble in Sin City turned the game firmly in the direction of the Washington Huskies when CB #6 returned an ill-aimed Boise State QB #16 pass on 3rd-and-Goal into a 102-yard defensive touchdown just before halftime.
The game began just as scripted for the Huskies, whose first drive required only 24 seconds before scoring on a 62-yard pass from QB #17 to TE #88. That was the first of five touchdown passes for QB #17, and the first of three touchdown catches for TE #88. Washington WR #3 caught touchdown passes of 73 and 31 yards as well to aid an offense which gained 388 yards through the air.
Boise State QB #16 completed 35 of 47 attempts for 426 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions for the game—including the game-changing red zone interception which turned into 7 points for the Huskies—spoiled an otherwise-stellar performance.
The game was highly competitive early on, with Washington holding only a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter. A 73-yard touchdown pass for the Huskies gave Washington a 17-7 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. The Broncos drove back down the field and were poised to cut the lead to three points with possession inside the Washington 5-yard-line. That set the stage for the 3rd-and-Goal pass attempt intercepted just inside the end zone and returned for a 102-yard score, completely untouched.
The third quarter featured a total of 31 points as the two teams exchanged scoring drives throughout the period. After a 21-yard Broncos field goal, the Huskies scored on two passes with a Boise State pass touchdown sandwiched in-between. Boise State scored on an 18-yard run to close out the quarter facing a 14-point deficit, but it took less than a minute for Washington to score in the fourth quarter and re-establish a 21-point lead. That proved more than enough to settle the result, with neither defense finding an easy stop in the second half.
Player of the Game: Washington TE #88, whose 5 catches went for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a game-long 75 yard touchdown reception.
It was over when… Boise State QB #16 threw a pick on 3rd and Goal at the end of the first half which was returned 102 yards for a Washington defensive touchdown. The Broncos went down by 17 at that point and, despite great effort, never got closer than 14 points again.
Game Ball goes to… Boise State WR #2, responsible for 9 catches and 139 yards with two touchdowns in a losing effort, including a 50-yard touchdown catch after Washington had scored to go up 31-17.
Stat of the Game: 102. In a game filled with five scoring plays of 50 yards or greater, the 102 yard interception return by Washington CB #6 stands out as the biggest of the big plays.
Statistical Tidbits: The 83 combined points scored by the two teams set a new record for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, eclipsing the 77 points scored by Toledo and Nevada in 1995. … The starting halfbacks for each team each surpassed 120 yards rushing; Washington HB #25 rushed 24 times for 123 yards and a touchdown, while Boise State HB #7 rushed 12 times for 124 yards and two scores. … Both teams had multiple 100-yard receivers: Washington TE #88 (191 yards) and WR #3 (104 yards), Boise State WR #2 (139 yards) and WR #20 (112 yards). … Washington converted their lone 4th Down try, while Boise State failed to convert on two separate 4th Down attempts, including a fake punt pass in the first half. … The teams combined for 1,405 total yards for the game.