LAS VEGAS — After two straight blowouts in the Las Vegas Bowl, Boise State had to work late to come up a winner in this gambling city for a third time.
Little Michael Frisina came up big for Boise State, kicking a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 left to give the No. 20 Broncos a 28-26 victory Saturday over Washington for their third Las Vegas Bowl trophy in a row.
Frisina, who stands 5-foot-5, made the winning kick after Washington had taken the lead for the first time on Travis Coons' 38-yard field goal. Boise State (11-2) sealed the win when Jeremy Ioane intercepted Keith Price's pass as the Huskies (7-6) neared midfield.
Boise State had to overcome a 205-yard rushing game by Bishop Sankey against a normally stingy Bronco defense. Sankey also had 74 yards receiving, giving him 279 of Washington's 447 yards from scrimmage.
Sankey, who was third on the depth list when fall practice began, rushed 30 times and caught six passes in the biggest game of his career. He was the MVP of the game, despite being on the losing side.
Frisina was only 12 for 17 on field goals coming into the game, but kicked three of them, including a 34-yarder to open the scoring that was his first field goal over 30 yards for the year.
Boise Statehad outscored Utah and Arizona State 82-24 in its two previous Las Vegas Bowl wins.