Boise State Broncos vs Arizona Wildcats – December 31, 2014
The bulk of those numbers came in the first half, though. Once the second rolled around, the Broncos bogged down, allowing Arizona to cut the lead to eight in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats had a final chance, using their quick-strike offense to march down the field, but Correa sacked Anu Solomon at Boise State’s 10-yard on the game’s last play.
The Broncos charged onto the field after Correa’s sack, celebrating a successful first season under coach Bryan Harsin with their third VIZIO Fiesta Bowl victory.
Not bad for a team supposedly in transition.
“People think Boise State isn’t a powerhouse program,” said Broncos receiver Chaz Anderson, who had a 57-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. “It feels good to be back to where we were in the past.”
Arizona (10-4, No. 12 AP) was overrun by Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship and seemed to still have a hangover against the Broncos.
Once the Wildcats shook out of their daze, they shut down Boise State’s high-powered offense and began chipping away at the lead.
The problem was that they needed to take bigger chunks.
Instead of scoring touchdowns, Arizona mostly dinked its way back, settling for three field goals after driving deep into Boise State’s end.
Turnovers also hurt. Solomon threw for 335 yards and a touchdown, but had two interceptions that led to touchdowns for Boise State, including Deayon’s pick six late in the third quarter.
“Everything wasn’t going our way,” the redshirt freshman said. “I was overthinking things and I just can’t do that. I played like a freshman today.”