Boise State Football: Defense Will Lead Broncos to MAACO Bowl Win vs. Washington

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 4, 2012

Oct 27, 2012; Laramie, WY, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen reacts against the Wyoming Cowboys during the third quarter at War Memorial Stadium.  The Broncos beat the Cowboys 45-14.  Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
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Boise State captured a share of the MWC title last week by holding an explosive Nevada team to 21 points.

That defense will lead the Broncos to another victory against Washington in the Maaco Bowl on Dec. 22.

Nevada came into last week's clash averaging 38.5 points, second in the MWC. But the Wolf Pack didn't have the same success against Boise State as they did for much of the season against opposing defenses. They made a run in the fourth quarter, but the 24-7 deficit through three quarters proved to be too much to overcome.

Washington isn't as explosive as Nevada. The Huskies averaged 23.8 points per game this season, 90th in the nation.

On top of that, the Huskies do more damage on the ground with sophomore running back Bishop Sankey, but Boise State has allowed 3.58 yards per carry this season, tied for 21st in the nation (via

And when Keith Price drops back to throw? 

Boise State has been even better against the pass, allowing 5.8 yards per pass attempt (tied for 11th in the nation) and three passing touchdowns while notching 16 interceptions.

The Broncos have also forced 33 turnovers this season while only committing 15 of their own. Their turnover margin of plus-1.5 ranks fourth in the FBS.

You add the fact that Washington's offense struggled in the loss to Washington State last week, going 5-of-15 on third downs, and the Huskies have a problem on their hands.

Boise State has won with its defense all season long, and that won't change in Las Vegas on Dec. 22. Look for the Broncos to romp their way to their third straight Maaco Bowl victory.


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