Game Analysis - Maaco Bowl

Like the Apple Cup, the Maaco Bowl seemed to be a game dictated by missed opportunities. The Huskies made several mistakes and against a good team like Boise State, that just can't happen if you expect to win. Here is a look at what went right and what went wrong in Washington's 28-26 loss to the Broncos...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: I could think of a couple. Certainly, Kasen Williams' drop of an easy touchdown in the first quarter and Travis Coons' miss from 41 early in the fourth quarter deserved consideration, but what set up Boise State to get their winning points was Shane Rhodes' 47-yard kickoff return to the Washington 42. The play came immediately after Coons had hit a 38-yarder to put the Huskies up by one. Boise State was able to take the outstanding field position and work their way all the way down to the Husky 10, allowing their own kicker to hit a 27-yarder.

Offensive Player of the Game: Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit said it best after the game "we don't typically award the Game MVP to a player from the losing team, but Bishop Sankey was just too good not to name the MVP". The sophomore totaled 205 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries while also hauling in six receptions for 74 yards. The only blemish on his otherwise stellar game was his first quarter fumble that led to Boise State's first field goal of the game.

Defensive Player of the Game: Sophomore linebacker John Timu just continues to get better. Last year, as a freshman, Timu struggled in space and missed plenty of tackles. This year, while he still missed some plays early, he made plenty of plays from the inside linebacker spot in Washington's defense, totaling 15 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack in the loss to Boise State.

Key Stat: There were two – Boise State went 7 of 19 on third downs and 2 of 2 on fourth down. Those conversions allowed the Broncos to extend drives and really put a lot of pressure on both the Husky defense and as well as UW's inconsistent offense.

Handouts to the standouts: In addition to Timu, Justin Glenn had a solid game for the most part totaling 10 tackles (five solo); Both Travis Feeney and Andrew Hudson had nine tackles and a tackle-for-loss; Shaquille Thompson was targeted by Boise State early on, but finished the game strong, racking up eight tackles on the day; Sean Parker also had a solid afternoon notching seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss; while the offensive line struggled early with their pass-protection, there is no debating the fact that they were able to run-block very well against a good defensive front seven for the Broncos; Kasen Williams finished the day with six receptions for 95 yards with a long of 39 that set up Washington's first touchdown; Austin Seferian-Jenkins had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Needs work: A couple of things that stood out today was their field goal kicking (Coons' miss midway through the fourth quarter was huge), their pass protection (Keith Price was sacked four times and pressured or hit numerous other times) and their third-down defense which allowed Boise State to extend drives when facing third-and-long situations. Hopefully for the Huskies, they can get things corrected over the offseason so none of these three areas are a struggle in 2013. Top Stories