Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
Written by Blake V.
The most intriguing bowl game during the first weekend of postseason play in college football this season will take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 21, when No. 19 Boise State
. Not only is the on-field matchup the best of the early slate of games, but Huskies’ head coach Chris Peterson will be coaching in his final game at Washington before entering retirement. Peterson served as the coach at Boise State from 2006-2013. Huskies’ defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over as head coach following the bowl game. The Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl is being played at Sam Boyd Stadium and will air on ABC.
Washington in final game under PetersonPeterson has been a major part of both program’s success over the last 15 years. He led the Broncos to two BCS bowl wins: the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. He won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award in 2006 and 2009. Peterson led Washington to the College Football Playoff in 2016, but lost to Alabama in the Peach Bowl. His resignation on Dec. 2 came as a surprise, following a lackluster 7-5 regular season. The Huskies were solid out of the gate, winning four of their first five games. However, a loss to Stanford as 16-point favorites led to losses in four of the last seven regular season contests. The Huskies closed the regular season with a dominant 31-13 win against Washington State in the Apple Cup. Washington had five players named to Pac-12 All-Conference First Team.
Junior tight end Hunter Bryant, who leads the team in receiving yards with 825, will be sitting out of the bowl game. Starting left tackle Trey Adams will also be skipping the Las Vegas bowl. Junior quarterback Jacob Eason intends to play. Eason leads the Huskies’ offense with 2,922 passing yards and 22 touchdowns this season. He has thrown eight interceptions. Junior running back Salvon Ahmed has carried the ball 182 times for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Freshman Richard Newton has added 102 attempts for 429 yards and nine scores. Junior Sean McGrew has 52 carries for 336 yards, which is good for an average of 6.5 yards per carry. Behind Bryant in the passing game, senior wide receiver Aaron Fuller leads the team with 54 catches for 673 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore tight end Cade Otton has 29 catches for 330 yards and two scores.
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