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Arizona State Vs. Boise State Update: Dennis Erickson Ignored By QB, Refs, Etc.

The Arizona St. Sun Devils showed signs of life early in the second half of the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl. Very early, in fact, as Rashad Ross ran back the opening kickoff to give ASU its first touchdown of the game, mirroring Boise St. Broncos running back Doug Martin's game-christening kickoff touchdown. It was then 28-10 Broncos, but reached 35-10 shortly after.

On the next drive, Kellen Moore was picked off and nearly pick-sixed by Colin Parker thanks to some pressure:

ASU made a little progress before facing a fourth down. Soon-to-be-ousted coach Dennis Erickson sent out the punt team, but Brock Osweiler responded by forcibly waving the special teamers back to the sideline. Boise State brought the house and hurried his throw, but it was a fine show of spirit for the quarterback of a team getting buried by a superior squad.

Moore fumbled away a ball on Boise's next effort, setting up an ASU march to the goal line. On that fourth down, Osweiler attempted a fade that was picked off by Jamar Taylor and run back 100 yards -- with Erickson clearly calling for a time out well before the play began. Dennis Erickson may be some sort of ghost only visible to television cameras.

The game's ACC officials took a look and evidently saw nothing to overturn.

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