Boise State, Washington Outcome Decided late in Maaco Bowl Las Vegas

By Patrick Schmidt
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Many come to Vegas with the idea of having unforgettable experiences that they’ll never be able to remember. When the Maaco bowl was over, I wished I could forget what I had just seen.

Boise State entered Saturday’s game looking for their third straight win in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, but suffered a loss off-the-field prior to their kickoff vs. Washington when the team sent home defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for violating team rules.

Lawrence has 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss this season and was an all-MWC selection. This is his second suspension on the year. The team also announced that Chris Roberson, the team’s long snapper, was also suspended for the game–his third suspension this season–for a violation of team rules.

Chris Petersen’s team could have used him on that front four and injured defensive tackle Michael Atkinson who is out for the season with a torn ACL, because Washington running back Bishop Sankey had his way with the vaunted Broncos defense rushing for more than 200 yards.

I came into this game expecting to see a double-digit victory for Boise and I don’t think much of Washington, but I came away thinking little of either team after four quarters.

Joe Southwick is nothing to write home about at quarterback and his counterpart Keith Price is erratic, inconsistent and less than spectacular, although he is tough, but that doesn’t help his completion percentage.

If you had to do some Christmas shopping today and missed the game today, then you didn’t miss any crazy trick plays that Boise State has shown in past bowl games and Washington didn’t find themselves in a track meet as they did a year ago.

The game was only separated by one-point at halftime, two-points separated the teams entering the fourth quarter and a game decided in the final 80 seconds, but I just couldn’t get excited about what I was watching.

From this hardcore football junkie this game was a relative snooze fest and I expected more creativity and explosive plays in the game plan from both Petersen and Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian.

Maybe I’m just a Grinch, but I wanted to turn the game off and watch Elf or National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for the 978th time to break up the monotony.

On the bright side we’re one day closer to Jan 1 and the BCS bowls that follow.

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