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Dec 23, 2011, 1:11 AM | Updated: 3:56 am

4th Quarter

12:30 or so remaining…these updates will now slow down as I make my
way down to the field to cover the post game press conferences. More
coverage coming from Vegas on

13:05 left – Osweiler hits Robinson on a 21-yard td pass to make things
look a little better, for now. Alex Garoutte adds the extra point to make
it 49-17. With that pass, Brock Osweiler became the all-time single
season passing yardage leader in ASU history, surpassing Andrew Walter.

14:17 left – Just when you thought it couldn’t get uglier, Cameron
Marshall fumbles and recovered by Travis Stanaway 26 yards for
ANOTHER Boise State touchdown to make it 49-10.

Tonight’s attendance: 35,720. Percentage that are Boise State fans?
Approximately 84%.

14:55 – D.J. Harper starts the 4th quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run
that also includes a personal foul penalty on Corey Adams of ASU. 42-
10 Boise. Where’s the fast forward button?

We’ve been handed our ballots for the Rossi T. Ralenkotter MVP
Trophy…leaning toward Boise RB Doug Martin, who has 109 yards
rushing through three quarters, and looks ready for the NFL.

3rd Quarter

End of the 3rd Quarter, Boise leading 35-10.

1:31 left – Boise State driving again. I’m rooting hard for the clock. I
mean so much so, that I’ve made signs and I’m coordinating cheers in
the press box, against the wishes of the administration here.

4:27 left – Osweiler hits Robinson on a couple of nice completions, but
takes a sack on 3rd down. ASU punts again. Robinson has gone over
100 yards receiving for the 6th time this year, but as Arizona Sports’
Craig Grialou just tweeted, only once in a win. BSU still leading 35-10.

Note: That was the longest interception return in Las Vegas Bowl history
by Taylor. This is the 20th year of the game.

6:52 left – Not only does ASU not convert on the turnover again, but
Osweiler throws a pick-6 to Jamar Taylor on a horrible throw to Pflugrad.
Taylor takes it back 100 yards for a touchdown and Boise State pads
their lead to 35-10. To make matters worse, Erickson clearly called a
timeout that was not granted. Ball game.

10:29 – Moore and center Cory Yriarte can’t complete the center
exchange, ASU’s Jamaar Jarrett recovers. ASU in business again.

12:08 left – Facing a 4th down and 4 at the 39-yard line, ASU brought
on the punt team (for some reason) and Osweiler waved them off.
However, under a blitz from Boise State, Brock’s pass to Rashad Ross was
incomplete. ASU fails to capitalize on the second interception of Moore
in the game. Boise takes over, but ASU showing a lot more energy and
guts than they did in the first half.

13:25 left – And there’s the defensive play…Colin Parker picks off Kellen
Moore, who was hit by Will Sutton as he threw. ASU takes over at the
Boise 45.

14:43 left – ASU goes for an onsides kick, but Boise recovers at the ASU
45-yard line. ASU needs to make a defensive play early in this half if
they want to make this a game.

14:45 left – Rashad Ross starts the 2nd half with a 98-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown. A rare Sun Devil highlight. 28-10 Boise State

Note: Brock Osweiler needs just 122 yards the rest of the
game to
become the all-time single season passing yardage leader in ASU

Silver Lining #3 – With a 5:00 PST kickoff, this bloodletting will be over
relatively early.

2nd Quarter

Halftime- Total domination by the Boise State Broncos. They lead ASU
28-3, and it’s really hard to even find a lone bright spot at this point,
other than the Mountain Dew and Clint Floyd.

:43 left – And to add salt in the wounds, on first down, BSU runs a trick
play with Matt Miller throwing a 5-yard td pass to Kyle Efaw. 28-3
Broncos. 12-play, 72-yard drive, 4:53. Boise is doing what most
thought they would, they are toying with the Sun Devils. Sad to see
Erickson go out this way, really.

1:17 left – Boise State does what Erickson wasn’t willing to try…going for
it on 4th down in the red zone, and they convert.

Silver Lining #2 – Safety Clint Floyd is playing a pretty solid game to this
point. Made a nice tackle for loss on Doug Martin, who has been
running free pretty much the entire first half.

5:44 left – 4th and 4 at the Boise 15-yard line, and Erickson opts for the
field goal. Alex Garoutte connects from 32 yards. ASU is on the board,
trailing 21-3.

7:43 left – Mike Willie gets called for a personal foul, basically nullifying
a first down. Jamar Taylor returns the favor with a P.I. call while
defending Willie.

9:13 left – Dion Bailey, USC linebacker just tweeted, “I’m embarrassed we
lost to this team.” Eesh.

Silver lining #1 – There’s Mountain Dew on tap in the Sam Boyd Stadium
press box.

9:43 – ASU forces a 3 and out, Boise State will punt for the second time
tonight, first by their actual punter Brad Elkin. ASU takes over, trailing
21-0 for their 6th possession of the night.

11:05 left – ASU facing another 4th down…thought about going for it,
but will punt for the 5th time.

12:03 left – Any good shows on the strip? It’s still early.

12:03 left – Moore hits MIller on a 2-yard touchdown pass…Miller beats
Irabor on the play. Doug Martin absolutely killing the defense. And,
Vontaze Burfict called for unsportsmanlike conduct. 8-play, 80-yard
drive that took 3:29 off the clock. Boise leads 21-0, and this is beyond
ugly already.

14:36 left – Doug Martin is chewing through the ASU defense. First
downs on back-to-back carries.

1st Quarter

End of the 1st Quarter – Boise State leads 14-0. Sun Devils have 27
yards of offense, and have punted on all four of their possessions. Boise
State with 121 total yards. Moore is 8-11-104 yards with a td and a pick
which wasn’t his fault.

1:11 – On 3rd down and 3, Gerhart’s shotgun snap blows by Osweiler,
Sun Devils lose 20 yards. Nothing’s cooking to answer my previous

2:06 – Sun Devils with back-to-back first downs…something cooking?

3:28 left – Burfict enters the game. Moore throws a strike to Shoemaker,
and he drops it, Clint Floyd intercepts on the carom. Burfict lays out
Shoemaker on the block.

3:56 left – Sun Devils go three and out, but hey, at least there were no
start penalties on those three plays.

4:27 left – After the personal foul, two straight false start penalties on
the o-
line. I’ll refrain from comment.

4:29 left – On the ensuing kickoff, a personal foul by ASU’s Brandon
Johnson. Eesh. This has the makings of a looooong night.

4:36 left – Moore hits Tyler Shoemaker on a 14-yard touchdown pass to
off an 8-play, 54-yard drive that took 3:00 off the clock. Mixup in the
secondary, and Eddie Elder and Alden Darby jawing amongst the finger-
pointing for responsibility. Horrible start in all three phases by Arizona
State–what most Sun Devil fans had feared. Broncos lead 14-0 already.

6:32 – After another 1st down by Boise State, LB Carl Bradford slow to
get up, he’ll come out of the game.

7:13 – Doug Martin is apparently hard to tackle for ASU defense. Then
again, who hasn’t been in their last four games?

7:44 – Osweiler nearly throws pick 6 on 3rd down, broken up by Lee
Hightower. ASU goes three and out on their 2nd possession and Josh
Hubner will punt. Burroughs fair catch…Boise with great field position,
1st and 10 at their own 46-yard line.

9:07 left – Colin Parker makes a nice play on 3rd down and 6, breaking
a pass, but Boise goes for it on fourth down. Nope! Quick kick by Kellen
Moore rolls out of bounds at ASU 11-yard line.

9:57 left – ASU on defense for 1st time, Vontaze Burfict on sideline.

13:18 left – Sun Devils convert…gotta get on the board quick to quiet
crowd. There’s a lot of Boise State fans in attendance. Looks like a
game…the only thing missing is the blue turf.

13:51 – ASU, facing a third down and 4 on their first possession, has to
burn a
timeout. Trevor Kohl was blown up on his first catch, and was shaken

14:46 – Just settling in and Boise State already leads 7-0 on Doug
100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff
the history of the Las Vegas Bowl (previous high was only 51 yards).

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