Las Vegas, NV – The storybook ending to a great career finished Saturday night in the city that never sleeps, Washington Huskies defeated Boise State 38-7 in coach Chris Petersen last game.
A few weeks back Washington coach Petersen announced that he would step down from leading his Huskies. Current defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over now to lead the Huskies into the future.
“I never wanted to win a game this bad”, said coach Lake “I want to see Coach Petersen be carried off the field.”
Washington defense set the tone by starting off blitzing in the first half keeping Boise State on its toes.
After stopping Boise State on its opening drive, it was the offense turn to take over and soar. Behind strong arm of Jacob Eason, they marched down the field in 12 plays for 52 yards eating up 6:07 minutes off the clock on touchdown ending drive.
Washington quarterback Jacob Eason finished the game throwing for 210 yards 22/32 with a touchdown. Now the question is will he forgo his senior season for the NFL or stay and play a year with Lake.
Boise State playing multiple quarterbacks from traditional drop back to a Pistol formation with a dual threat quarterback. None of it seam to work, the Huskies kept them off the score board.
Coming back from halftime with 17-0 lead, Washington defense came up big with a Elijah Molden interception. He read the screen and undercut the route to stop Boise in their tracks in 3rd quarter.
Then three plays later Washington punched it in for a touchdown for 24-0 lead. That seemed to be the knockout blow, with Boise State not being able to respond all night.
The turnover battle hurt Boise State giving up two turnover for 14 points before the third quarter was done.
Boise State used a bunch formation with Jaylon Henderson in shotgun to break the shutout and get on the board to avoid a shutout to trail by three scores 24-7 in third quarter.
The Vegas Bowl was a great ending for coach Petersen to ride off into the night down the Vegas strip.
“Awesome for the program, seniors, and Jimmy (Lake)”, said Petersen, “It’s been a great ride.”