BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University (11-1) officially accepted an invitation Sunday (Dec. 5), to play in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas XIX against the University of Utah (10-2) from the Mountain West Conference. Kickoff for the game, which will be nationally-televised by ESPN, is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT) at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Broncos, ranked No. 10 in both the USA Today Coaches' and Associated Press Polls, will be making their ninth-straight bowl appearance and the 11th in the past 12 years. This will be Boise State's first trip to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
Utah completed the regular season with an overall record of 10-2 and is ranked 19th in the coaches' poll and 20th in the media poll. The Utes finished second in the Mountain West Conference with a record of 7-1.
"We are very excited about our selection to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas," Bronco head coach Chris Petersen stated. "Our team is looking forward to another great bowl experience and the opportunity to finish our season against another nationally-ranked opponent. Utah has one of the top programs in the country and proved that again this season. Coach Kyle Whittingham and his staff do a great job in preparing their team and we look forward to the challenge."
Boise State won a share of the Western Athletic Conference when it completed its regular season this past Saturday (Dec. 4) with a 50-14 victory over Utah State University. During its 10 years as a member of the WAC, Boise State has won or shared eight league championships.
In its 10 postseason bowl games as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (formally I-A), the Broncos have posted a record of 6-4. Two of those victories have come in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (2007 and 2010), three in the Udrove Humanitarian Bowl (1999, 2000 & 2002) and one in the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003).
"On behalf of Boise State University, I want to thank executive director Tina Kunzer-Murphy and her staff in selecting the Broncos for this year's game," Boise State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier commented Sunday afternoon. "The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas committee and the city of Las Vegas have a reputation for hosting great bowl games and we are look forward to experiencing their hospitality firsthand. Boise State has been fortunate to attend several different bowl games over the past decade, and we know this will be another outstanding bowl experience for our team and fans."
This will mark the seventh time the Broncos and Utes have faced each other on the football field. Boise State holds a 4-2 advantage in the series and in the last meeting in Salt Lake City and the Broncos come away with a 36-3 victory, Sept. 30, 2006.
The Broncos other wins against Utah came in 1980 (28-7), 1998 (31-28) and 1999 (26-20). Boise State's two losses to Utah were in 1985 (17-20) and 1987 (27-31).
This year's bowl game will mark the seventh time Boise State has faced a nationally-ranked opponent. The Broncos have a record of 3-3 against ranked teams in postseason bowl games. Those three wins were against No. 19 TCU in the 2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth (34-31); No. 7 Oklahoma, 43-42 in overtime of the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and No. 4 TCU in last year's Fiesta Bowl, 17-10.
The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas is one of just seven bowl games to match-up two teams ranked in the final Bowl Championship Series standings.
The others include No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Alabama in the Capital One Bowl; No. 3 TCU vs. No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl; No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl; No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl; No. 10 LSU vs. No. 17 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl and No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon in the BCS National Championship.