The Chris Petersen Bowl ends with a 38-7 UW win over Boise State

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Coach Chris Petersen’s last game (for the foreseeable future) pitted his current school, the University of Washington versus his previous school in Boise Sate in the Las Vegas Bowl. UW would get the 38-7 victory in a contest that was hardly much of a game.

The game itself paled in comparison to the changing of the guard and the nod to his position at Boise State, where he entered prominence in the NCAA. At Boise State, Petersen would amass a 92-12 record with 5 conference titles and a 5-3 bowl game record that included 2 Fiesta Bowl wins. A jump to the Pac-12 saw Petersen amass 55 more wins with 2 conference titles, a College Football Playoffs appearance and a Rose Bowl appearance. Petersen is ranked #2 to Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in winning % with a 147-38 record (79% win percentage).

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake (heir to Chris Petersen) put together a fine performance in shutting out the Broncos in the 1st half. UW kept the Broncos to 21-37 passing for 188 yards and a single TD. On the ground, Lake’s defense was also stout allowing just 77 yards.

“Boise State has an excellent offense,” Lake said after the game. “They give you a lot to deal with – different formations, different game plan from week to week, two different quarterbacks today. They sprung that on us. Give a lot of credit to them, because we had to spend a lot of time to prepare.”

The Huskies put pressure on the Broncos forcing 2 key interceptions in the game. Junior DB Elijah Moden added his 4th interception to the season with a  2nd half pick that essentially killed the Broncos comeback chances.

“I kind of read his eyes and then saw the running back flare out and then took it,” Molden, the Las Vegas Bowl MVP, said of the pick. “After that play I went to the offense and was like, ‘OK, it’s your turn to go.’”

The UW offense was a bit inconsistent, which is odd to say in the face of a 38 point output. On the ground, the Huskies struggled at times with just 118 yards on 35 attempts for just a 3.3 yards per carry average. Freshman Richard Newton got the bulk of the attempts with 15 carries for 69 yards and a TD. Whereas junior Salvon Ahmed had just 6 carries for 20 yards—he did get 2 TDs on the day however.

QB Jacob Eason remains an enigma as to whether he stays at UW or jumps to the NFL draft. Going 22-32 with 210 yards, he was hardly lighting the world on fire.  At the end of the game, he declined to comment on his future, saying that “I’m not really into discussing it right now. I’ve got to have a conversation with my family and these coaches and this team and figure it out.”

While Eason’s UW career may end innocuously, Petersen got a great send off. In the closing minutes, Peter he was serenaded by a “Thank you Petersen” chant that rose out of the Husky section behind the bench. An ice bath quickly followed. After it was over, Boise State players formed a line at midfield to hug him and shake his hand.

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