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2017 Las Vegas Bowl Game Notes

Posted December 17, 2017 | lasvegasbowl

2017 Las Vegas Bowl Game Notes


Las Vegas, NV – December 16, 2017 – Sam Boyd Stadium: Leighton Vander Esch (38), head coach Bryan Harsin and Cedrick Wilson (1) of the Boise State Broncos during the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl
(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Game Notes

-No. 25 Boise State and Oregon met for the third time in history and the Broncos’ 38-28 victory in the bowl made them 3-0 all-time against the Ducks.


-The attendance of 36,432 ranked ninth in Las Vegas Bowl history.


-This marked the 11th time in the last dozen years that at least one of the teams in the Las Vegas Bowl was ranked in the top 25.


-Boise State returned to the Las Vegas Bowl for the first time since 2012 and became the first team to win four Las Vegas Bowls.


-The Broncos (4-0) and UNLV (2-0) are the only teams with multiple appearances that are undefeated in the Las Vegas Bowl.


-Oregon returned to the Las Vegas Bowl for the first time since 2006 and lost its second straight appearance to fall to 1-2 in the game.


-The Mountain West improved to 11-7 in the Las Vegas Bowl, including winning the last two. The MW also improved its record to 9-6 when going head-to-head with the Pac-12 Conference in the game.


-Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was voted the Rich Abajian Las Vegas Bowl Most Valuable Player. The senior finished with 10 receptions for 221 yards with a long of 65, including a 26-yard touchdown. The 221 yards were the second-most in Las Vegas Bowl history, trailing only the 241 rolled up by Gerrell Robinson of Arizona State vs. Boise State in 2011.


-MW Defensive Player of the Year Leighton Vander Esch turned in a monster game on defense, finishing with 12 total tackles, including one quarterback sack, three tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble.


-Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien’s 362 yards passing ranks third in Las Vegas Bowl history (395 by Brock Osweiler of ASU in 2011 vs. Boise State and 375 by John Beck of BYU in 2006 vs. Oregon).


-This marked the first Las Vegas Bowl with three defensive touchdowns.


-Oregon is the third team to post two defensive touchdowns in the same Las Vegas Bowl game. Utah scored on two pick-sixes during the first quarter vs. BYU in 2015 and Boise State had a 100-yard interception return and a 26-yard fumble recovery for a score vs. Arizona State in 2011.


-The teams combined for seven total turnovers – all in the first half (two interceptions each, 2 lost fumbles by Oregon, 1 lost fumble by Boise State). It tied for the most turnovers in a Las Vegas Bowl with the seven suffered in the 2010 game between Boise State and Utah (one interception and six lost fumbles).


-Oregon’s Troy Dye’s 86-yard fumble recovery was the longest fumble return in Las Vegas Bowl history.


-Oregon’s Tyree Robinson’s 100-yard interception return tied Boise State’s Jamar Taylor’s Las Vegas Bowl record set in 2011.


-#VegasStrong: Taking part in today’s coin toss at midfield was Ms. Rylie Golgart, an 18-year-old Henderson native who was one of hundreds of victims of the October 1 tragedy on The Strip.