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MAACO Bowl Las Vegas moves to Saturday afternoon kickoff

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Boise State’s Matt Miller celebrates a touchdown reception during the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas is moving to Saturday afternoon, it was announced Tuesday.

The 21st MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Sam Boyd Stadium. The game, which features the top pick from the Mountain West against the Pac-12’s fifth choice, will be televised nationally on ESPN.

This is the first Saturday kickoff since 2008 and the first day game since Christmas Day 2002.

“Every year, we study possible dates that make the most sense for the fans and teams, as well as providing the most economic impact for Las Vegas,” Tina Kunzer-Murphy, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas executive director, said in a statement. “With the way the calendar worked out this year, we were excited to get back on a Saturday and also to be able to play in sunshine.”

Tickets for the game go on sale Monday, June 4, with the same levels ($25, $35, $55, $100) as last year until Dec. 1, when prices increase. Last year’s game featured No. 6 Boise State defeating Arizona State 56-24.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or taylor.bern@lasvegassun.com. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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