LAS VEGAS —
The teams traded long drives in the third quarter, with Boise going 74 yards in 15 plays to open the second half, and Washington responding with a 75 yard, 12 play drive. The Huskies went for a 2-point conversion that would have tied it, but the pass was incomplete
Sankey kept Washington in the game almost by himself in the first half, scoring the first touchdown for the Huskies and gaining huge chunks of yardage against the normally stingy Bronco defense.
Of the 238 yards Washington gained in the half, Sankey had 178 of them. He ran 16 times for 130 yards and stretched out two short passes for another 48 yards.
Boise State was playing without starting defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, the team’s sack leader. Lawrence was sent home Thursday for violating unspecified team rules, his second suspension of the season.
The two teams had met only once before, but they won’t have to wait long to meet again. They will play in the opener of Washington’s new stadium next August.