by CFP Staff
December 22, 2012
A 27-yard field goal with 1:16 remaining lifted Boise State past Washington 28-26 at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Saturday (December 22).
It was the fourth straight bowl win for the Broncos, including three wins in three consecutive seasons in Las Vegas. Boise State's overall bowl record improved to 9-4 while Washington's dropped to 15-16-1.
Washington took its one and only lead with 4:09 to play on a 38-yard field goal, but a 31-yard kick return helped Boise State launch its ensuing drive from the Huskies' 42. A close 4th-and-1 conversion then gave the Broncos a crucial first down at the Washington 32 to keep the game-winning drive alive.
Bishop Sankey had 205 yards rushing and 74 yards receiving for the Huskies in a losing effort.
The Broncos (11-2) finished their fourth consecutive season with at least 11 wins while Washington dropped to 7-6 with their second consecutive close loss. The Huskies fell 31-28 in overtime to Washington State in their annual Apple Cup rivalry game.
The Congrove Computer Rankings projected Boise State as a 7.11-point favorite in the contest.
The computer had forecasted a 9-3 season for the Broncos, but went 12-1 on the team's game week picks. It had the Huskies turning in a 6-6 campaign.