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Field goal lifts Boise State to its third straight Las Vegas Bowl victory

Joe Southwick AP

Yes, a field goal.

Boise State’s BCS hopes had been dashed two years in a row because of a missed field goal. Against Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas however, Broncos kicker Michael Frisina actually won the game by marrying foot to ball and awkwardly sending it between two uprights.

Even a successful field goal attempt was nerve-racking to watch, but it gave No. 20 Boise State a 28-26 win over the Huskies. Washington quarterback Keith Price had just over one minute to get his team into field goal range to take the lead, but was intercepted by BSU defensive back Jeremy Ioane.

That sealed the Broncos’ third straight Las Vegas Bowl win and fifth straight season of at least 11 wins for Chris Petersen. No matter the conference — and that is a question mark for Boise State going forward — that’s simply incredible. Boise State lost the greatest player in the history of its program, quarterback Kellen Moore, as one of several starters to move on from last year. Yet Petersen’s team lost just two games in 2012.

Replacing Moore this year has been Joe Southwick. The junior ended the season with 266 yards passing and a pair of scores against Washington. Huskies QB Keith Price had 242 yards passing, but two interceptions, and running back Bishop Sankey was the player of the game with 205 yards rushing and a score.

Washington finishes the season 7-6 and needs to have a breakout season in 2013 under coach Steve Sarkisian. Boise State just needs to figure out which conference it will be playing in next year.

And maybe how to keep Petersen around if Oregon coach Chip Kelly decides it’s time to move on to the NFL.

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21 Responses to “Field goal lifts Boise State to its third straight Las Vegas Bowl victory”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 22, 2012 7:51 PM

    After the numbers that qb for Washington put up last year in this bowl, I was expecting a lot more of him.

  2. nickmiller63 says: Dec 22, 2012 8:52 PM

    Washington did not play in this bowl last year.

  3. beastmode5150 says: Dec 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    UW was the better team, but their QB is garbage.

  4. lrg51 says: Dec 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    Washington was 7-5 and unranked…

    (Yawn) Lets stop the Boise State madness until they join a decent conference.

  5. timh1955 says: Dec 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    A totally meaningless high school bowl game.

  6. lostsok says: Dec 22, 2012 11:59 PM

    People keep saying BSU only wins because of their schedule. But dozens of teams have a schedule at least as easy…and they don’t win 11 games a year.

    If it’s so easy, why doesn’t everyone do it?

  7. 27xwschamps says: Dec 23, 2012 1:28 AM

    Sucks 2 b udub !! Go Broncos

  8. txnative61 says: Dec 23, 2012 1:46 AM

    Huskies defense showed improvement from last year’s shootout loss to RG3 and Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Unfortunately Keith Price seemed inept in comparison. Glad it was close enough to be worth watching. Bode’s well for next season’s opener.

  9. panthrobro says: Dec 23, 2012 6:49 AM

    Congrats Boise, you actually beat a team in the top 40! Join a real conference and join the likes of TCU and Utah. And that real conference is not the Big E(aest)-Z . What a bunch of frauds.

  10. pedagoguish says: Dec 23, 2012 8:17 AM


    Are those sour grapes you’re gnawing on delicious?

  11. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 23, 2012 9:50 AM


    Then whatever bowl they played in. Thanks for correcting that minor error. It truly obscured the point I was trying to make.

  12. igottz5onit says: Dec 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    Gotta say the bowls have been pretty entertaining so far. Was not expecting that. Let’s hope the rest of them keep up the pace.

  13. boisehockeyref says: Dec 23, 2012 5:15 PM

    timh1955, you know absolutely NOTHING about BSU. Zip it up, you ignorant zit!

  14. timh1955 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:58 AM

    How do you know what I know about Boise Junior College? I know as much or more than you do. The truth hurts doesn’t it? LOL

  15. intergalacticbronco says: Dec 24, 2012 9:46 AM

    Give timh1955 a break. He’s from Alabama, one of, if not the, poorest, fattest, least educated states in the union. All they have is football down there.

  16. timh1955 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:28 PM


    Just to set the record straight, I am from the Washington DC area (Alexandria, VA). My undergraduate degree is from Alabama and my law degree is from Georgetown. From what technical school will you be graduating from? Have you ever even been in Alabama?

  17. 11thstreetmafia says: Dec 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    There is nothing like proving to everyone that you belong in the upper echelon of college football by winning the Maaco Car Paint Bowl. Yay! Now go away, Boise. Just go away.

  18. timh1955 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:18 PM


    Well said!

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 28, 2012 1:26 PM


    Boise can’t go to relevant non BCS bowls like the Cotton Bowl or Capital One bowl due to conference tie ins.

    What about Boise going into Georgia and beating the Dogs…

    Chris Petterson has built a very strong program up there and I would love to see what Boise could do in the Big XII which ironically needs 2 teams to get back to its namesake. But the Big XII will never admit Boise because they dont bring a large regional tv audience and they dont want to get beaten on a yearly basis.

    Not a broncos fan, hate the blue turf, but I also hate when people don’t give programs their due.

  20. theotherpatrick says: Dec 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    timh1955 says:
    Dec 22, 2012 10:36 PM
    A totally meaningless high school bowl game.

    Glad to see Tim “Tiny” Hammond still following BSU around. Funny that a team that you feel is so meaningless, you certainly spend a considerable amount of time following the Broncos around. Nice work! We appreciate the mileage!
    By the way, the great matter that the Broncos are occupying behind your beady little eyes needs a bit of freshening up. Getting dusty and musty back here with you spouting the same old crap all over the place.
    I also see from your other meaningless posts that you think that you are quite the ambulance chaser. Good for you!

  21. theotherpatrick says: Dec 29, 2012 2:35 PM

    Ugh, great matter… That should swell up your already bloated melon head. Will blame that on auto correct. Meant gray matter.

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