Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington State University Huskies tailback Bishop Sankey (25) runs the ball in the first quarter at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh Holmberg-USA TODAY Sports

Husky Football: Las Vegas Bowl Halftime Report

The game started terrible for the Huskies, and at a certain point in the 2nd half, it was 18-3 Boise State after a fumble from Bishop Sankey and an interception from Keith Price had left the Washington defense to hold on to force field goals rather than touchdowns. When all seemed lost, a big gain through the air to Kasen Williams followed by a 25-yard touchdown dash from Sankey led to new hope. Just before the end of the half, Price cut the deficit to one point with a determined 7-yard touchdown scramble.

So, while the momentum is certainly with the Huskies, Boise State is still ahead 18-17, and they have a lot going for them. Joe Southwick has been solid, and aside from a single 2nd quarter fumble he has gone 16/21 for 172 yards and a touchdown pass. The Broncos pass rush has knocked Price viciously to the turf again and again, to the point that he seems to be mildly injured, and partly due to that, and partly due to the talented Boise State secondary, Price has put up horrible numbers. 6/18 for 104 yards and a pick. Plus, Boise State gets the ball to start the 3rd quarter.

If Washington is to win, it will be up to the defense to keep consistently stopping the run and to keep Southwick from completing too many long passes. For the offense, it will be all Bishop Sankey all the time. The guy has 129 yards and a touchdown in only two quarters.

I still think Washington can do it, but either way, it will be a great second half.

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