Boise State and Washington Meet the Media in Anticipation of Dec. 22 Game

LAS VEGAS - At a media conference Thursday at The Sporting House located inside the New York-New York Hotel on the famed Las Vegas Strip, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas officially welcomed Boise State University (10-2 overall/7-1) and the University of Washington (7-5/5-4) of the Pacific-12 Conference.

The event marked the start of activities leading up to the Thursday, Dec. 22 (12:30 p.m. PST on ESPN and WatchESPN) showdown between the Huskies (visiting team) and No. 20/15 (AP/Coaches) Broncos (home team) at Sam Boyd Stadium that will feature a first-time visitor vs. a co-champion of the Mountain West.

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Representatives from the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority gathered on the Strip to welcome coaches and athletic administrators from both teams -- Las Vegas style. The media conference also featured appearances by two impressive player representatives from the defensive side of the ball: Boise State's J.C. Percy, a senior First-Team All-Mountain linebacker who led the Broncos in tackles with 101 to help them rank ninth in total defense; and Washington's Desmond Trufant, a senior First-Team All-Pac-12 cornerback that is a key factor in a Huskies' pass defense that is currently ranked 16th in the nation.

The 21st edition of the game is a matchup of two teams with very different history regarding Las Vegas. Boise State, which also ranked 19th in the final BCS Standings, is in town for the fourth time in a span of just 25 months (three bowl appearances and a 2011 win over UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium). Combined with three losses to the Rebels in the early mid-1970s, Boise State brings in an overall record of 3-3 in Las Vegas. UW, however, makes its first-ever appearance in the Silver State.

This will mark only the second meeting of the two teams as Washington defeated No. 22-ranked Boise State, 24-10, on Sept. 8, 2007, at Husky Stadium to end the Broncos' nation-leading 14-game winning streak. It will, however, be the first of two straight games between the programs as Boise State opens the 2013 season against UW in Seattle on August 31.

Later this month, Boise State will look to become the first time team to go 3-0 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas as the Broncos defeated Utah 26-3 in 2010 and then downed Arizona State 56-24 last year in the Sun Devils' Sam Boyd Stadium debut. Boise State boasts a 7-4 all-time record in bowls with all of those appearances coming in the last 14 seasons. The Broncos will play a Pac-12 team in a bowl for the second time (Utah was still a member of the Mountain West when they met in 2010).

Washington, which was ranked 25th in the BCS Standings in mid-November, will be making its third postseason trip in as many years and playing in its 33rd bowl game overall. The Huskies hold an all-time mark of 16-15-1 in bowls, dating back to their first appearance in 1924, a 14-14 tie with Navy in the Rose Bowl. This will mark the second time UW faces a team that is currently a member of the Mountain West as the Huskies lost 45-25 to Air Force in the 1998 Oahu Bowl when the Falcons were part of the WAC.

Since the first Las Vegas Bowl was played in 1992, eight of the current 10 MW teams have appeared in the game a combined 13 times, compiling a 6-7 record, including a 2-0 mark by Boise State. Overall, however, the MW has an impressive 8-5 record in the annual affair when counting teams that were members of the league during their appearance.

UW becomes the ninth of the dozen Pac-12 teams to take part in the annual event (Stanford, Washington State and Colorado are the remaining teams that have not been in the bowl) and the current members of the conference have forged a 7-5 overall record in Las Vegas and 5-6 when they were members of the league at the time of the appearance. Overall, the Mountain West and Pac-12 have met head-to-head 10 times in Las Vegas, with the MW winning six of those.

Players, coaches, administrators and fans from both teams will enjoy a complete bowl experience combined with the unmatched entertainment and attractions of Las Vegas, a world-renowned event and resort destination that attracts nearly 40 million visitors each year. As part of Bowl Week, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will host events at some of the city's most exciting venues. The event lineup includes a Welcome Reception and Outback Buffet Bowl at the Fremont Street Experience (Wednesday, Dec. 19); an Opportunity Village visit and Goodie Two Shoes distribution event (Thursday, Dec. 20); Show Night in Las Vegas attending Blue Man Group at The Monte Carlo Hotel (Dec. 20); the annual Kickoff Luncheon at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Friday, Dec. 21) and the Pep Rally at the Fremont Street Experience (Dec. 21).

Scheduled to announce MAACO Bowl Las Vegas XXI for ESPN is Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Tom Rinaldi (sideline reporter). The game will also be broadcast nationally on the Sports USA radio network and along the American Forces Radio Network with John Ahlers and Gary Barnett in the booth. The game will be also available on computers at and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

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