LAS VEGAS -- Senior Michael Frisina kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 remaining as Boise State rallied for a 28-26 victory over Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.
It was the fourth consecutive bowl victory for the Broncos (11-2) and third in a row in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.
Washington (7-6), which lost despite a 205-yard rushing performance by sophomore Bishop Sankey, had taken a 26-25 on a 38-yard field goal by Tyler Coons with 4:10 remaining. But Boise State's Shane Williams-Rhodes returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Washington 42.
The Broncos then drove to Washington nine to set the stage for Frisina's game-winner.
Sankey's 205 yards were the second most in Las Vegas Bowl history. The record is 254 by Utah's Mike Anderson against Fresno State in 1999.
Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 26 of 38 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder to tight end Holden Huff midway through the third quarter to give the Broncos a 25-17 lead.
But Washington cut the deficit to 25-23 on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, only the fourth passing touchdown allowed all season by the Broncos. A two-point conversion try failed.
Coons, who missed a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, then put Washington ahead with his 38-yarder with 4:10 left.
For a while, the game looked like it might turn into Boise State blowout as the Broncos took advantage of a pair of Huskies turnovers, bolting to an 18-3 lead.
Frisina connected on a 34-yard field goal eight plays after defensive end Tyler Horn recovered a Sankey fumble at the Washington 46 to give Boise a 3-0 lead. But the Huskies came right back to tie it on a 26-yard field goal by Coons with a 48-yard drive highlighted by a 33-yard run by Sankey.
The Broncos then scored the next 15 points on a pair of touchdown passes, a 16-yarder from Southwick to wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn and on a double-pass from wide receiver Chris Potter to tight end Huff, that were sandwiched around a 30-yard field goal by Frisina. Both conversion tries failed, including a PAT attempt by Frisina that was blocked by nose tackle Danny Shelton.
But Washington rallied to score two touchdowns in the final 4:42 of the half to close to within one, 18-17. The first came on a 26-yard run by Sankey off left tackle to cap a three-play, 65-yard drive. The second score, which came six plays after a Southwick fumble at the Boise State 37, was on a spinning 7-yard run by Price three seconds before halftime.
NOTES: Boise State played without sophomore All-Mountain West DE Demarcus Lawrence, who was sent home Thursday for what the school a violation of team rules. It was the second time Lawrence, who led the Mountain West with 9.5 sacks, was suspended this season. ... Frisina's 34-yard field goal in the first quarter was the longest by a Boise State kicker since Nov. 19, 2010. ... Boise State and Washington will open the 2013 season Aug. 31 in Seattle for the re-opening of Husky Stadium. They will also play in 2015 in Boise. The two teams had already agreed to the home-and-home series before the bowl bids were extended. ... Washington played its first game in the state of Nevada.