The race for television dollars in college sports continued Saturday with Boise State apparently becoming a player in the future of two conferences.
The Mountain West and CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) restructured their contract to let the conference sell to other networks football and basketball games CBSSN doesn't air. The conference confirmed the deal. No terms were released.
But espn.com reported that Boise State — which agreed to leave the Mountain West for the Big East in football next year — was trying to negotiate a deal to keep its home television rights. Which conference Boise State settles on might depend on which one, if either, lets it set its TV deal, the website said.
The Mountain West and CBSSN reworked their deal to accommodate changes in league membership and the end of the league's network, the Mtn., which shut down this year. The deal still runs through the 2015-16 seasons. CBSSN will air 15 football games a year and can choose most of them. The league can cut deals with other networks for the rights to other games. Men's basketball rights would work similarly.
LAS VEGAS BOWL: The past two times Boise State played in this bowl, there were other places the Broncos wanted to be. Not so Saturday, when the smallest player on the team came up big in a 28-26 victory over Washington.
After two straight blowouts in the Las Vegas Bowl, the No. 20 Broncos won this one on a 27-yard field goal by 5-foot-5 Michael Frisina with 1:16 left. Unlike the previous two years, there was hardly any wistful talk about missing out on the Bowl Championship Series.
"These guys, they don't go through the motions," Broncos coach Chris Petersen said. "They have a chip on their shoulder."
Bishop Sankey had 205 yards rushing and 74 receiving, giving him 279 of 447 yards from scrimmage by Washington (7-6).
Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was sent home for an unspecified violation of team rules.
NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Sophomore quarterback Terrance Broadway passed for 316 yards and ran for 108 as Louisiana-Lafayette beat East Carolina 43-34. Broadway opened the season backing up senior Blaine Gautier, who broke a bone in his throwing hand in late September, for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4). East Carolina (8-5) rallied from a 28-7 deficit to tie it at 31, but Broadway hit Javone Lawson for a 14-yard TD to give Louisiana-Lafayette the lead for good.
OREGON: Senior offensive lineman Nick Cody and junior defensive lineman Axel McQuaw will miss the Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl for academic reasons, collegefootballtalk.com reported.
SYRACUSE: Starting linebacker Marquis Spruill will sit out "a significant portion" of the Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl after his misdemeanor arrest Dec. 2, said coach Doug Marrone.
UCLA: Safety Tevin McDonald will miss Thursday's Holiday Bowl after violating a team policy, coach Jim Mora said. McDonald tested positive for marijuana for a third time, the Los Angeles Times reported.