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


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.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah