The two-time defending Maaco Bowl Las Vegas champions continued their recent "outsider domination" in 2012, becoming the Mountain West Co-Champions with a 7-1 conference record, sharing the title with the Fresno State Bulldogs and San Diego State Aztecs. After defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack, the Broncos accepted an invitation to their third straight Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.
The Huskies finished at fourth place in the Pac-12 North Division with a 5-4 conference record, accepting the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas invitation at the same time Boise State did. This will be the Huskies' first Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.
Offensively the Huskies are led by tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who set school career marks for receptions (104), receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (12); Kasen Williams (71 receptions); and Bishop Sankey, who rushed for 1,234 yards in 2012. Desmond Trufant is ranked No.16 in the nation (second in the Pac-12) in pass defense (188.9 yards allowed per game).
Washington fumbled on its opening driving, giving Boise State the ball at Washington's 46-yard line. Taking advantage of the fumble, Boise State took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal from Michael Frisina. Washington was able to tie the game with a 26-yard field goal, but Boise State responded with a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Southwick to Geraldo Boldewijn. The subsequent extra point was block, giving Boise State a 9-3 lead going into the second quarter.
After exchanging punts, Boise State intercepted a pass from Washington's quarterback Keith Price. Taking advantage of the interception, Boise State was able to extend their lead 12-3 on a 30-yard field goal from Michael Frisina. Boise State further extended their lead to 18-3 on a 34-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Chris Potter to Holden Huff (the subsequent two-point conversion failed). Washington quickly responded with a 26-yard touchdown run from Bishop Sankey to make the score 18-10. Washington further cut into Boise State's lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by Keith Price to make the score 18-17 in Boise State's favor going into halftime.
Boise State opened the third quarter with a 15-play, 74-yard drive that took 6 minutes and 47 seconds. The drive was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick to Holden Huff to give Boise State a 25-17 lead. Washington was able to respond with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Huskies were unable to convert the subsequent two-point conversion attempt, making the score 25-23 in the Broncos' favor going into the fourth quarter.
Washington missed a 41-yard field goal early in in the fourth quarter. However, Washington's defense was able to force the Broncos to punt, giving the Huskies the ball back with 11:02 left in regulation. Washington went on a 14-play, 76-yard drive that took 6 minutes and 53 seconds. The drive was capped off with a 38-yard field goal from Travis Coons to give the Huskies their first lead of the game, 26-25. On the subsequent kickoff, Boise State's Shane Williams-Rhodes returned the ball 47-yards to Washington's 42-yard line. Taking advantage of Willams-Rhodes' kickoff return, Boise State was able to retake the lead on a 27-yard field goal from Michael Frisina with only 1:16 left in regulation. On the subsequent drive, Washington was able to drive to Boise State's side of the field. However, Boise State's Jeremy Ioane intercepted a pass from Keith Price with 14 seconds remaining in the game, giving Boise State the win and the Broncos' third consecutive victory in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.