Washington to Face Boise State in 28th Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

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LAS VEGAS —  Creating the game’s first rematch, Washington (7-5) as the Pac-12 Conference choice takes on Mountain West champion No. 19 Boise State (12-1) in the 28th edition of the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl.  The game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. PST. 

Boise State, which will serve as the home team, won all four of its previous Las Vegas Bowl appearances in 2017, 2012, 2011 and 2010.   The UW will be making its second-ever appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl, while this year’s edition will mark Boise State’s fifth trip.  Boise State is 4-0 in previous Las Vegas Bowls.

They faced each other in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl when the Broncos downed the Huskies 28-26.  Current Washington head coach Chris Petersen, who recently announced this would be his final game at the school, was head coach at Boise State in the previous meeting.

Peterson had this to say about the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl, “Love going to Las Vegas.  Been there a few times and they do a great job.  It’s an awesome location for fans.  The other thing is just being an early bowl game.  Sometimes these things can drag on for a long time.  It’s one of the earlier bowl games, so we’ll go prepare and be ready to play.  Personally speaking, there are a lot of other teams that I’d probably like to be playing for this last time, but it is what it is.  It’s interesting how sometimes these things work out.”

Beginning in 2020, the Las Vegas Bowl will be played in the new, state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada and feature a team from the Pac-12 Conference versus a team from either the SEC or Big Ten Conference in a six-year deal announced recently.  

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“It will certainly be a special Las Vegas Bowl this year as we feature a rematch of a great game played seven years ago and we’ll also be saying goodbye to our home of nearly three decades, Sam Boyd Stadium.” said 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl executive director John Saccenti.  “We welcome the Huskies and their fans back for the first time since 2012 and of course we have a wonderful history with the Mountain West champion Broncos and their unbelievable supporters.”

This year the teams will officially arrive Tuesday, Dec. 17, to enjoy a week full of activities.  The Las Vegas Bowl is one of 16 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of Disney. 

The game will be shown nationally on broadcast television.  ABC-Sports, also a subsidiary of Disney will feature Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst), and Molly McGrath (sideline).

For tickets and more information, visit www.lvbowl.com.

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