Bowl Countdown: 2012 Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 20, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's matchup against Northern Illinois at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 will mark the program's 14th-straight bowl appearance. In the lead up to the contest, BroncoSports.com will look back at the Broncos' 13 bowl games since the start of this streak in 2002.

Today BroncoSports.com looks back at Boise State's third-straight trip, and win, at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, where this time the Broncos defeated Washington, 28-26, on Michael Frisina's field goal with 1:16 to play.

Recap from the AP

Michael Frisina came up big for Boise State, kicking a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 left to give the No. 20 Broncos a 28-26 victory Saturday over Washington for their third MAACO Bowl Las Vegas trophy in a row.

Frisina made the winning kick after Washington had taken the lead for the first time on Travis Coons’ 38-yard field goal. Boise State (11-2) sealed the win when Jeremy Ioane intercepted Keith Price’s pass as the Huskies (7-6) neared midfield.

Boise State had to overcome a 205-yard rushing game by Bishop Sankey against a normally stingy Bronco defense. Sankey also had 74 yards receiving, giving him 279 of Washington’s 447 yards from scrimmage. He was the MVP of the game, despite being on the losing side.

Frisina was 12 for 17 on field goals coming into the game, adding three on Saturday, including a 34-yarder to open the scoring that was his first field goal over 30 yards for the year.

Boise State, which outscored Utah and Arizona State 82-24 in its two previous Las Vegas Bowl wins, looked to be heading for a third straight blowout when Holden Huff scored on a 34-yard pass with 5:25 left in the second quarter for an 18-3 lead. But Sankey scored on a 26-yard run on Washington’s next possession, and Price scrambled for another score with 3 seconds left to make it 18-17 at halftime.

After both teams scored touchdowns on long drives in the third quarter, the Huskies took their only lead of the game on the field goal by Coons with 4:09 left. On the ensuing kickoff, though, freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes returned the ball 47 yards to the Washington 42, and Joe Southwick guided them to the 12 before Frisina hit the winning kick.

The teams traded long drives in the third quarter, with Boise State going 74 yards in 15 plays to open the second half, and Washington responding with a 75 yard, 12 play drive. The Huskies went for a 2-point conversion that would have tied it, but the pass was incomplete.

Southwick ended the day with 264 yards passing, while D.J. Harper added 72 on the ground. Matt Miller added 90 yards receiving in the Bronco win


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