Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Huskies vs. Boise State

Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Huskies vs. Boise State

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BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Head coach Steve Sarkisian of the Washington Huskies talks to quarterback Keith Price #17

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5), 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Boise State by 5.

Series record: Washington leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
Boise State looks for its third straight Las Vegas Bowl win. Unlike its previous two appearances, though, there is no talk about the No. 20 Broncos being in a BCS game. Washington looks to end the year on a positive note after having a four-game win streak snapped by Washington State in the regular season finale.

KEY MATCHUP
Boise State RB D.J. Harper didn't have huge numbers, but did score 15 touchdowns for the Broncos. He will go up against a Washington defense that has struggled against the run this year. Washington QB Keith Price saw his touchdown passes drop from 18 as a junior to 11 this season and will face a Boise defense that ranked ninth nationally.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Boise State: QB Joe Southwick struggled at times this season after taking over from Kellen Moore, but finished strong with eight touchdowns against no interceptions in his final three games.

Washington: DE Josh Shirley had three sacks in a high scoring loss to Baylor last year in the Alamo Bowl, and played well late in the year, recording four sacks in Washington's last three games.

FACTS & FIGURES
This is the first of two straight games between the two schools, who will meet next August in their season openers in the newly renovated Washington stadium. This could also be the last year for Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, which takes the Mountain West champion as one of its teams. The Broncos are scheduled to play in the Big East beginning next season. ...Boise State coach Chris Petersen leads active major college coaches with a record of 83-8 (.912). ...The Broncos are playing in the postseason for the 11th straight year. ... Price threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more last year as Washington lost to Baylor 67-56 in the highest scoring regulation bowl game ever.

 

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