This is becoming a familiar pattern for the Boise State Broncos -- win at least 11 games and end the season with a win in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
The Broncos won for the third straight year, eking out a win over the Washington Huskies. Here are the top notes to know from this contest.
1--Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick completed 80 percent of his passes from inside of the pocket, including both of his touchdown throws.
Passing Inside of the Pocket
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
The key for Southwick was the success he had on third down, as noted in the chart on the right.
Washington’s Keith Price struggled from inside of the pocket, throwing two interceptions and completing less than 55 percent of his passes from inside of the pocket.
2--Boise State also had the edge when it came to throws of 15 yards or longer. The Broncos were 7-for-13 for 179 yards and a touchdown on those passes (the score came on Chris Potter’s 34-yard touchdown throw to Holden Huff on a wide-receiver throwback).
Price, who had not thrown an interception on his 68 pass attempts of longer than 15 yards entering the day, threw two in this contest, and was just 2-for-7 on those pass attempts.
3-- Bishop Sankey rushed for 205 yards in defeat, a Washington bowl record. He was able to find lanes along the outside, averaging 7.5 yards before first contact on 13 rushes outside of the tackles.
Stat of the Game
Boise State had a 15-point lead in the first half. The Broncos have won 22 straight games in which they led by at least 15 (last loss was to Nevada in 2010).
Washington has lost 34 straight games in which it has trailed by at least 15 and hasn't overcome a deficit of 15 or more to win since 2006 against UCLA.