MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Boise State 28, Washington 26 (final)

By Brian Murphy and Chadd Cripe &

LAS VEGAS — Boise State senior kicker Michael Frisina booted a 27-yard
field goal with 1 minute, 16 seconds left Saturday afternoon at Sam
Boyd Stadium to give the No. 20 Broncos a 28-26 victory over
Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

Sophomore safety Jeremy Ioane clinched the win by undercutting a route
and intercepting quarterback Keith Price’s throw with 14 seconds left.

Frisina was 3-for-3 in the game, including a career-long 34-yard field
goal. He was 14-for-14 this season on kicks of 30 yards or less.

“Oh, man, it’s everything,” Frisina said of what the moment meant to
him. “It’s every kicker’s dream to hit a game-winning field goal. … I
knew I made it right when I hit it.”

Boise State junior quarterback Joe Southwick was 26-of-38 for 264
yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed 11
times for 39 yards. His performance allowed the Broncos to convert
seven of 19 third-down attempts and both fourth-down attempts.

Senior wide receiver Chris Potter made nine catches for 55 yards and
tossed a 34-yard TD pass to freshman tight end Holden Huff.

Senior linebacker J.C. Percy made a career-high 17 tackles to finish
with 118 this season.

Washington tailback Bishop Sankey earned the MVP award with 30 carries
for 205 yards and a TD and six catches for 74 yards.

The Broncos led 18-3 in the second quarter but just 18-17 by halftime.

“We knew coming in Washington would be as good of an opponent as we
could face, and they were, it showed on the field today,” Southwick
said. “We did a great job down the stretch. We knew it would be a
four-quarter game. We knew we couldn’t beat this team in two

First quarter

BSU — Michael Frisina 34 field goal, 10:26. Key plays: Defensive tackle Darren Koontz forced a fumble and defensive end Tyler Horn recovered to give the Broncos the ball on the Washington 46-yard line. Quarterback Joe Southwick scrambled for 8 yards on third-and-8 to avoid a punt. Drive: 8 plays, 29 yards, 2:14. Boise State 3, Washington 0

UW — Travis Coons 26 field goal, 4:47. Key plays: Washington tailback Bishop Sankey carried four times for 48 yards, including a 33-yard run down the right sideline. But wide receiver Kasen Williams dropped a potential TD pass on third-and-2 at the Boise State 8-yard line. Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 2:37. Boise State 3, Washington 3

BSU — Geraldo Boldewijn 16 pass from Southwick (Frisina kick blocked), :15. Key plays: The Broncos converted four third downs — a 1-yard sneak by Southwick, a 7-yard run by Harper, a 9-yard pass from Southwick to wide receiver Chris Potter and a 3-yard run by Harper. On the touchdown, Boldewijn caught the ball at about the 5-yard line, made a defender miss and darted into the end zone. Drive: 14 plays, 79 yards, 4:26. Boise State 9, Washington 3

Second quarter

BSU — Frisina 30 field goal, 9:00. Key plays: Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor’s interception gave the Broncos the ball at their own 44-yard line. Southwick completed a 16-yard pass to Potter and a 19-yarder to Boldewijn, but Potter was tackled 2 yards short of the first down on third-and-8. Drive: 6 plays, 43 yards, 2:27. Boise State 12, Washington 3

BSU — Holden Huff 34 pass from Potter (Matt Miller run failed), 5:25. Key plays: On third-and-14 at his own 8-yard line, Southwick scrambled out of the end zone and found Miller open for an 18-yard gain. Southwick hit Aaron Burks on a 40-yard deep ball on the next play and Potter tossed to tight end Holden Huff on a trick play for a touchdown on the next play. Huff rolled over a defender and into the end zone. Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 2:16. Boise State 18, Washington 3

UW — Sankey 26 run (Coons kick), 4:42. Key plays: Boise State’s kickoff went out of bounds and Kasen Williams made a 39-yard reception on the first play of the drive. Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, :43. Boise State 18, Washington 10

UW — Keith Price 7 run (Coons kick), :03. Key plays: Sankey took a screen pass 42 yards down the left sideline on third-and-6 and Boise State safety Darian Thompson was flagged for targeting on an incomplete pass in the end zone. Price scrambled for the TD on third-and-goal, breaking a tackle inside the 5. Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:34. Boise State 18, Washington 17

Halftime note

Washington RB Bishop Sankey has 177 yards of total offense in the first half. The rest of the Huskies have 60.

Third quarter

BSU — Huff 1 pass from Southwick (Frisina kick), 8:13. Key plays: Southwick connected with Miller for 15 yards on third-and-8, Harper ran for 17 yards and the Broncos got a first down on a pass-interference penalty on fourth-and-5. Southwick scrambled for 17 yards to set up a fourth-and-1, which he converted with a sneak. Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 6:39. Boise State 25, Washington 17

UW — Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6 pass from Price (Price pass failed), 2:28. Key plays: Price dumped a pass to Sankey on third-and-10 and the tailback turned upfield for a 16-yard gain. Price also hit Williams for 24 yards on third-and-11 and the TD came on third-and-4. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:45. Boise State 25, Washington 23

BSU — Frisina 27 field goal, 1:16. Key plays: True freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes returned the kickoff 47. Drive: 10 plays, 32 yards, 2:41. Boise State 28, Washington 26.

Pregame notes

LAS VEGAS — Boise State sophomore defensive end Demarcus Lawrence — a first-team All-Mountain West selection — was sent home from the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas for violation of team rules. Boise State plays Washington in the game.

It is the second suspension of the season for Lawrence, who leads the team with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Lawrence was sent home Thursday. Boise State arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

"We’re going to operate a certain way, and if you’re not, we’re not changing our standard for your actions," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said in November. His team has dealt with a rash of suspensions this season.

Tyler Horn is lined up in Lawrence's spot during warm-ups.

Long snapper Chris Roberson, a senior, did not make the trip. It is his third suspension of the season, covering four games. Sophomore Kevin Keane will snap.

• Boise State is wearing black pants, blue jerseys and black helmets. Washington is wearing purple pants, white jerseys and gold helmets.

• Reserve offensive lineman Faraji Wright is not dressed out for the game. He is out with an injury.

* Boise State distributed 3,575 tickets, which includes player/coach/band comps. That's about $75,000 short of its requirement.

Tight end commits

Jake Roh (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) of Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., called Boise State coaches Saturday morning to deliver his oral commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.

Roh chose Boise State over Iowa, Washington State, Duke and San Diego State, he said. He visited all five.

He was recruited as an athlete but Boise State projects him as a tight end. Others saw him as an outside linebacker. He played wide receiver and outside linebacker at Chaparral.

“It was the place that had the most opportunity,” Roh said of Boise State. “The coaches are the best in the nation, probably, from people’s opinions. It just felt right. The offense is perfect. The coaches are great. They’re known for developing players. … It’s a program that has been on the rise.”

— Chadd Cripe


— LB Joe Martarano, 6-3, 215, Fruitland HS
— TE Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 235, Fruitland HS
— QB Ryan Finley, 6-4, 180, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
— OL Eli McCullough, 6-5, 255, Rocky Mountain HS
— C Andrew Tercek, 6-3, 285, East Central HS (San Antonio, Texas)
— LB Tanner Vallejo, 6-2, 220, Nevada Union HS (Grass Valley, Calif.)
— LB Durrant Miles, 6-4, 225, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah);
expects to join in 2016 because of LDS mission
— WR Jack Austin, 6-3, 205, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
— N Mat Boesen, 6-4, 210, West HS (Torrance, Calif.)
— RB Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 198, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
— DT Nick Terry, 6-4, 260, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— WR Kendal Keys, 6-2, 185, Helix HS (La Mesa, Calif.)
— DE/OLB Gabe Perez, 6-4, 215, Valencia HS (Placentia, Calif.)
— TE Jake Roh, 6-3, 210, Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

— K Tyler Rausa, 5-10, 180, Riverside CC (Temecula, Calif.)
— RB Derrick Thomas, 6-1, 210, Butler CC (Dothan, Ala.)
— CB Cleshawn Page, 5-10, 190, Harbor College (Los Angeles)
— DT Deuce Mataele, 6-3, 285, Mt. San Antonio College (West Valley, Utah)

— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)

— LB Chris Collins, 6-1, 208, Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, Calif.)
— WR/S D.J. Dean, 6-1, 190, Eagle HS
— OL Archie Lewis, 6-4, 255, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS

— LB/FB Darren Lee, 6-2, 203, Lassen HS (Susanville, Calif.)

Realignment update

The Mountain West has restructured its television contract with CBS. The new deal gives CBS first pick of a certain number of games, but allows the Mountain West to sell additional television games and control its digital rights, Deputy Commissioner Bret Gilliland told the Statesman.

Previously, CBS controlled all of the league's rights. first reported the restructuring.

CBS currently pays the Mountain West $8 million per season. Gilliland did not indicate whether than dollar figure would decline under the new agreement.

The contract runs through the 2015-16 season, but CBS holds an option for a four-year extension through 2019-2020.

"It’s great for our league going forward, but obviously gives us some advantages as we continue these membership discussions," Gilliland said. "The benefit of that is that gives us some flexibility to sub-license games to other national carriers and do some things creatively, which can help position us in this whole membership carousel."

The Mountain West is having discussions with several universities, including Boise State. The Broncos are scheduled to leave for the Big East in 2013.

"We are having conversations with any number of institutions, including Boise State, about how we strengthen and how we further stabilize and further strengthen our league," he said.

Current Mountain West member San Diego State is not among those teams at this time.

Gilliland said the current 10 members of the league are committed, despite reports that the Big East is considering adding western members or some Mountain West members are looking at creating a new league.

Gilliland said the league had an in-person meeting 10 days ago. "Our 10 have made it clear that they are committed to this league," Gilliland said.

If Boise State were to remain in the league, it is not certain the Mountain West would increase its membership to 12 and play a conference championship game.

"It gives you incremental revenue, not massive amounts, not nearly what you get from a BCS berth," he said. "You run the risk of taking your best team out."

Boise State President Bob Kustra and Athletic Director Mark Coyle declined interview requests Saturday.

"We’re going to do what’s best for us and I know that. That’s why I have no worries about it. So if the Big East is best, great. If not, then we stay put," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "... I know that’s the concept and I get that. I know Mark (Coyle) and Dr. Kustra, those guys, starting at the top with the president, he’s going to do what’s right for Boise State and he’s not going to mess around. They can go do all the heavy lifting."


Hope his family enjoys the game...moron.

Chad, Brian, Mike:

You guys were outstanding this year. Outstanding! And Idaho Sports Talk is a can't miss listen.

I'm the typical, average Bronco fan. I wish I could call out all the players that made this season so fun, a roller coaster, exciting, etc. One heck of an exciting season. I loved it. Wow.

Freakin warriors to the nines. All the players manned up big time! Without question. This team, those studs gave us one heck of a year.

But I can't help but put a shout out to DJ. The man is Class, all the way. 6 years. Bustin' it. Some marriages don't even last that long. I can't wait to see what he's going to do with his life. Whatever it is, my money is DJ. We all could learn about consistency, perseverance, determination, over-coming adversity, etc. Oh....I'm definitely going to follow DJ. Be it football, foosball, business owner, he's a winner. He's got it. Let's see what he does with it.

And Joe; The "Man", has a 3 ton sack. He has the potential and the confidence for greatness.
I'll say it: Next year, he's a Heisman candidate.
He very well may shock collegiate football.
Remember this post.

Well done Artanis

Well done..


That one's gonna hurt. Kudos to Coach Pete for making sure these kids pay the consequences for their actions, even when it isn't convenient to do so.

D still looks solid


Φ eagledave

I think the defense looks fantastic. Just "plug 'em in".

It appears

What happens in Las Vegas doesn't stay in Las Vegas.

Great defense by Taylor

... That second-quarter interception by Jamar Taylor was his fourth of the season. He had excellent coverage. Bad throw by Price.

-- murph

Frisina ...

That 34-yarder was Boise State's longest made FG since 11/19/10 — the game before the Brotzman/Nevada game

Washington is 0-for-6 on third down ...

... midway through the second quarter.

Φ More participation

from Murph on one of his own blogs ... ever.

Keep it up. This is what it should be.

BSU D is outstanding!

Nice to see the hurry-up. Price looks confused.


Offensive pass inteference wipes out a BSU first down ..

... But Southwick finds Miller for 18 yards to convert it.

Just turned my volume down, go Murph!

That was a TD

Φ Southwick

is coming up HUGE and the big wideouts are making a large dent. Now Huff gets a big one.


Mustache power?

Southwick may never cut that mustache off. I need to run pre-mustache/post-mustache stats.


Chris Potter followed Jimmy Claussen as quarterback on his high school team (Oaks Christian HS in California).

Murph, you hit the buffet last night or the blackjack tables?


A little blackjack ...

... Had to rest up.

Espn ran the before/after mustache numbers.


Great closing speed by Taylor ..

... on that fourth-down stop. Taylor is a really, really good player.

Φ Dodged the turnover.


NFL Draft,

Where do you see Taylor going in the draft?

I'm terrible at NFL Draft projections ...

... but I think he might be a 4-5th rounder.

Washington RB Bishop Sankey has been ...

... a different maker so far. Big plays from him helped Washington get back into the game late in the second quarter. Entertaining first half.

Not a way to close out a half

But sure is fun to watch.

Give Southwick his due ...

... He has been terrific in this game — running, throwing.

No question.

Love where his heart is. Bad fumble but was trying to make a first down.

Φ Tremendous

drive to open the second half. Took nearly 7 minutes of the 3rd quarter.

Southwick is doing a great job ... and sticking his nose into the pile.

Φ Whew!!!

Good pass D on the 2-pointer. Now, just one more TD (and PAT), please.

Boise State has not allowed more than 29 points ...

... in a game all season. Washington at 23 to start the fourth quarter.

Missed field goal ...

... by Washington with 12:02 left. Keeps Boise State up 25-23.

Southwick missed Burks on 3rd-and-6 ...

... from the Washington 37. Burks likely would have scored.

A drive that defines Southwicks season

Thanks to SWR it doesn't have to be a long one.

Nice uni's...

...boy, nothing sez Truckdriver U. like flat black helmets and pants. I'd say Nike is messing with you all.... LMAO

A Duck fan commenting on unis...

That's rich.

Still hurting huh? Glad you're watching our game. Your two favorite teams.

Good luck this softball season, kids.


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.


And the game-winning FG puts that issue to rest ... period!!

Great job Broncos. Great job coaches.

Wonderful lead-in to next season. 11-2!!


Where's that idiot ugly and his little lap dog?

Φ ugly is out

blowing out his sprinklers.

ugly does blow. Washington by 3 and Washington by two touchdowns ... both losers. But wait ... that first down wasn't really a first down and that last-minute pick was really bobbled and shouldn't count.

Little Lap Dog (i.e., Fearless Leader) picked BSU by 33-7 ... equally delusional.

How many more Great Predictions can be in the works?

They'll have predicted

...that they blow and are delusional. So we all win.

Sorry razor, but you're wrong.

Ugly doesn't blow, he sucks....Sunny...

Happy would be happy.


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Great game!

Can't wait till next years opener. SWR is lightning in a bottle!

Hey Murph

Thanks for all the posts today. It was great reading and watchn the game at almost the same time.


It was great to pick up Murph's insights from the 10 yaed line. Thanks for joining in to conversation. Basketball game tomorrow?

Great game

Great crowd....

Thought Joe played his best game.

Thanks ...

... to everyone for hanging out. What a game. And what a season for Boise State. We'll have plenty of coverage in tomorrow's Idaho Statesman.

reload complete

11-2... nice.

Bronco Fans....Good job on game. Very impressive. Albeit about

8 inches short of a first down....helk, every frinking angle was short.

The ref had some odds....yes, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....

sure the ref now probably placing $10 bills in g-string.

obviously 8 inches short, but oh well....

Congrats to Broncos. Keep it up and be ready for the Idaho rivalry....