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Posted Dec 25, 2013


2013 Boise State Broncos ... Head Coach: Chris Petersen


Boise State Broncos

2013 Record: 8-5
8/31 at Washington L 38-6
9/7 UT Martin W 63-14
9/13 Air Force W 42-20
9/20 at Fresno State L 41-40
9/28 Southern Miss W 60-7
10/5 OPEN DATE
10/12 at Utah State W 34-23
10/19 Nevada W 34-17
10/25 at BYU L 37-20
11/2 at Colorado St W 42-30
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 Wyoming W 48-7
11/23 at SDSU L 34-31
11/30 New Mexico W 45-17
2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
12/24 Oregon State L 38-23
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Oregon State 38, Boise State 23
Basically … Oregon State roared out to a 31-6 halftime lead and was up 38-6 in the third helped by two fumble recoveries for scores from corner Rashaad Reynolds from three and 70 yards out, a two-yard Brandin Cooks touchdown catch and two short scoring runs from Terron Ward and Storm Woods. Boise State made the score cosmetically interesting with 17 unanswered points highlighted by a 85-yard Matt Miller touchdown catch, but the Beavers were on cruise control.

- Sacks: Oregon State 5 – Boise State 0
- Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks caught eight passes for 60 yards and a score, and ran four times for 29 yards
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 24-of-33 passes for 259 yards and a score with a pick.
- Oregon State RB Storm Woods ran 16 times for 107 yards and a score.
- Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds made ten tackles broke up a pass and recovered two fumbles for touchdowns
- Boise State QB Grant Hedrick completed 32-of-44 passes for 382 yards and a score.
- Boise state WR Matt Miller caught 11 passes for 206 yards and a score

at Boise State 45, New Mexico 17
Basically … Boise State overcame a massive day from the New Mexico running game with Grant Hedrick throwing three touchdown passes. Matt Miller caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick, and caught scoring passes from 24 and 13 yards away in the fourth. New Mexico tied it at seven with an 18-yard Crusoe Gongbay run, but it was all Boise State the rest of the way.
- Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 22 times for 147 yards and a score, and he caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown
- New Mexico ran 53 times for 300 yards and two scores with Crusoe Gongbay running 12 times for 77 yards and a score.
- Four different New Mexico players combined to completed 10-of-17 passes for 62 yards with a pick.
- Boise State WR Matt Miller caught nine times for 111 yards and three scores.

at Boise State 48, Wyoming 7
Basically … Wyoming scored first on a 19-yard catch from Robert Herron, and then it was all Boise State the rest of the way in a sloppy game. Jay Ajayi ran for three scores from 22, 12 and two yards away, and Grant Hedrick connected with Matt Miller three times on scoring plays from 14, 48 and five yards away. Wyoming moved the ball a bit, but the O turned it over four times.
- The two teams combined for seven turnovers with four lost fumbles. Boise State outgained UW 524 yards to 265.
- Boise State WR Matt Miller caught seven passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
- Wyoming QB Brett Smith completed 27-of-39 passes for 207 yards and a score with two picks. He was held to -6 yards rushing.
- Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 11 times for 70 yards and three scores. Boise State outgained UW 241 rushing yards to 55.

Boise State 42, at Colorado State 30
Basically … Grant Hedrick ran for a two-yard score and threw five touchdown passes with two to Matt Miller from 15 and 13 yards away, and he connected with Shane Williams-Rhodes from 68 yards out as Boise State overcame a 14-0 deficit to bomb past the Rams. Kapri Bibbs ran for three short scores with two coming in the fourth to close the lead to 12, but CSU couldn’t get any closer. Garrett Grayson threw for 397 yards and found Charles Lovett for a seven-yard touchdown, but the Rams turned the ball over twice as Boise State scored 28 straight points to take a commanding lead in the second half.
- Boise State QB Grant Hedrick completed 19-of-27 passes for 305 yards and five scores, and he ran eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown.
- Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson completed 36-of-53 passes for 397 yards and a score with a pick.
- Boise State used punters Trevor Harman, Sean Wale combined with QB Grant Hedrick to put all five of their punts inside the 20 with Wale hitting a 63-yarder and Harman nailing one 51 yards.
- Colorado State outgained Boise State 626 yards to 437 and had the ball for 40 minutes to Boise State’s 20.

at BYU 37 … Boise State 20
Basically … BYU took a 24-3 lead in the first half on two Taysom Hill touchdown passes along with a 20-yard scoring run. And he added a 40-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Mathews to get comfortably ahead 31-6 in the third. Boise State didn’t quit in the second half with Grant Hedrick running for a five-yard score and finding Troy Ware for a 14-yard score in the fourth, but two of Justin Sorensen’s three field goals came in the second half to stay comfortably ahead.
- Boise State tried to keep Taysom Hill for running wild – even though he ran for 69 yards and a score on 18 carries – so he threw it, finding nine different receivers for 339 yards and three touchdowns. And now there’s hope still on the table to go on to finish 10-2, but the season is already figured out after accepting a bid to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. As long as Hill and Jamaal Williams keep on running – Williams ran for 107 yards – the passing game will be wide open and Hill will keep taking advantage of the opportunities. The Cougars didn’t turn the ball over, and the defense came up with four takeaways – and the offense took advantage.
- This isn’t the normal Boise State run defense. It didn’t get into the backfield enough to stop the Cougar running game before it could get started, and the offense couldn’t pick up the slack outside of Jay Ajayi’s 151 rushing yards. With QB Joe Southwick out, most likely for the year, Grant Hedrick spread the ball around well and worked with Shane Williams-Rhodes, hooking up ten times for 95 yards, but the offense couldn’t overcome four turnovers.

Boise State 34, at Utah State 23
Basically … Joe Southwick threw two touchdowns passes and ran for a seven-yarder on the way to a 34-10 Boise State lead in the third quarter. Jay Ajayi started out the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run, and Dan Goodale came up with two field goals on the way to the big lead. Utah State scored the final 14 points with a Nevin Lawson pick six and a Travis Van Leeuwen four-yard touchdown catch, but the Aggies were never close after early in the second quarter.
- Boise State came up with a strong overall game, even with three turnovers. Joe Southwick threw for a career-high 335 yards and two scores, and the defense did a good job of focusing on the Utah State running game and took advantage of the suddenly mediocre passing attack. Jay Ajayi ran for 109 yards, but overall the running game was stalling – Southwick was strong on third downs and to help put the game away in the third.
- Such is life without Chuckie Keeton. Darrell Garretson completed 9-of-14 throws for 116 yards and a score with two picks, and Craig Harrison hit 7-of-17 throws for 105 yards. Neither one did anything to loosen up the Boise State pass defense, and the running backs didn’t pick up the slack with the ground game finishing with 127 yards – it was bottled up all game long. With New Mexico, Hawaii, UNLV and Colorado State up next, the Aggies will start winning again, but it has to happen soon.

at Boise State 60 … Southern Miss 7
Basically … Boise State got up 10-0 before Southern Miss scored on a five-yard Marquise Ricard touchdown catch. That was it for the fun. The Broncos cranked out 50 unanswered points with the offense humming on all cylinders. Shane William-Rhodes scored twice and Joe Southwick finished with three scoring passes.
- There wasn’t any problem after the loss to Fresno State. The Broncos came up with one of their sharpest performances of the season against a vastly inferior opponent – there was no messing around. It was an okay first quarter, and then everything clicked at once.
- Southern Miss simply doesn’t have the firepower. There’s still no downfield passing game, and while the ground game wasn’t bad, it had to be abandoned early on after the Broncos got rolling.
- Joe Southwick completed 19-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three scores. He got al the time he wanted to work, and he did whatever he wanted. The backups came in and combined to go 4-for-4 for 48 yards.
- The USM defense couldn’t get off the field. Boise State was taking target practice, converting on 11-of-16 third down chances and not sweating a lick after the first quarter. The Golden Eagles need to find something it can do well on a consistent basis on both sides of the ball.

at Fresno State 41, Boise State 40
Basically … Josh Quezada started out the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown catch, and closed it out a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to help Fresno State take a 41-40 lead with just over two minutes to play, but Boise State had one final shot. A Joe Southwick pass at midfield was broken up, and the Bulldogs escaped after blowing a 34-19 lead. Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes including two to Josh Harper, but Southwick kept pressing with 313 passing yards and his one-yard touchdown run helping the Broncos take a 40-34 late to cap off a run of 21 straight points.
- Fresno State might have buckled in the second half, but when Derek Carr needed it, he came up with a tremendous drive to set up the game-winning touchdown. While he wasn’t shy about pushing the ball down the field, he got a lot of help with plenty of time to work and with Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse combining for 22 catches for 258 yards and a score.
- The lack of a pass rush continues to be a problem for the Broncos. They couldn’t get to Carr – who completed 39-of-60 passes for 460 yards and four scores - and it showed with way too much time to relax and find the open man. Beau Martin came up with the team’s only sack; the secondary was forced to do way too much.
- The Fresno State defense might have struggled, and despite the four sacks there were way, way too many tackles made after contact and down the field, but there were some terrific performances. CB L.J. Jones wasn’t necessarily a blanket, but he made 11 tackles with a recovered fumble and four broken up passes. However, it was Jonathan Norton who closed out the game with a terrific broken up pass.
- This might not be a vintage Boise State team, especially on defense, but it kept fighting. Joe Southwick caught fire when he needed to, and Aaron Southwick and Jay Agayi helped kick the ground game into high gear, but the two turnovers were way too costly and the defense couldn’t get off the field late. Fortunately for the Broncos, they might get a second shot in the Mountain West title game.

at Boise State 42, Air Force 20, Sept. 13
Basically … Jay Ajayi ran for four touchdowns and Joe Southwick threw a nine-yard touchdown pass and ran for a one-yard score as Boise State pulled away for the double-digit win. Air Force took a 17-14 lead late in the first half on Jaleel Awini’s second one-yard touchdown run of the game, but the Broncos went on a 28-3 run to close things out.
- After a rough performance against Utah State, Jaleel Awini ran the Air Force offense much better, even with the stalls in the second half. He completed 4-of-9 passes for 99 yards and a pick, and he ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
- There were fumbling problems in the rain, but Jay Ajayi took control of the Boise State running game with 17 carries for 125 yards and four scores, but Joe Southwick had the stronger overall performance completing a razor-sharp 27-of-29 passes for 287 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Between Southwick and backup Grant Hedrick, Boise State quarterbacks threw 31 passes and only one wasn’t caught.
- Air Force can’t win against a team like Boise State when it’s outgained on the ground. The Falcons ran for 188 yards, but the Broncos took control and got more physical running for 229 yards and doing everything right to move the chains. The Falcons allowed the Boise offense to convert 8-of-10 third down chances.
- What stops a great option attack? A penetrating defensive interior, and Demarcus Lawrence was terrific for the Broncos with nine tackles and several disruptive plays.

at Boise State 63, UT Martin 14, Sept. 7
Basically … Joe Southwick threw five touchdown passes and Bryan Douglas returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown as Boise State rolled at will. UTM tied it at seven with an 11-yard Trent Garland touchdown catch, but the Broncos closed out the first half with 42 straight points and got up 63-7 before UTM got back on the board in the fourth.
- That’s how you come back roaring after an ugly defeat. It might have only been UT Martin, but the team needed to look sharp. Joe Southwick took a few sacks, but he did whatever he wanted completing 17-of-25 passes for 234 yards and five scores.
- The offensive line generally did a good job, but it couldn’t handle UTM’s Tony Bell, who came up with two sacks and camped out in the Bronco backfield.
- There wasn’t any question about the outcome thanks to six takeaways, but the defense was a little soft against the pass. It only gave up 14 points, but it the secondary struggled on third downs. UTM threw for 210 yards.

at Washington 38, Boise State 6, Aug. 31
Basically … Washington opened up its new home with a bang, breaking open a tight game in the third quarter with Keith Price touchdown passes for Kasen Williams and Joshua Perkins. Bishop Sankey and Dwayne Washington added fourth quarter touchdown runs to help the Huskies close out with 28 unanswered points.
- What happened to the Boise State defense? It was expected to go through a year of transformation, but the line wasn’t even close in the second half as it struggled to get to Keith Price and couldn’t hold turn Dawg running game in check. UW ran for 268 yards averaging five yards per carry.
- There’s a chance that Washington is just that good. Boise State didn’t play well, and the offense failed to get into the end zone, but Steve Sarkisian has built the program into potentially something special. Give it a few weeks to properly judge this.
- Boise State was active defensively, but it made too many plays down the field. Just when it seemed like things were changing with one good play, the D was gouged the next play.
- There wasn’t any pass rush from the Washington defensive front, but it didn’t matter. Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick didn’t have too many open receivers to work with. The Huskies got dinked on, but they didn’t give up anything major. The Broncos’ biggest pass play was just 16 yards.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited There aren’t any more questions about the quarterback situation and who’ll replace Kellen Moore. Joe Southwick didn’t exactly set the world on fire in place of the Bronco legend, but the team went 11-2 losing its two games by a combined total of six points – Southwick was fine. With top target Matt Miller coming back along with big senior Kirby Moore, the passing game should be even sharper and more consistent. On the other side of the ball, the entire defensive front is back after finishing 11th in the nation in sacks and second in the Mountain West against the run.

Why To Be Grouchy Who’s going to protect Southwick? Boise State never seems to have problems finding replacements up front to step up and produce, but it’s still a problem with three starters gone including tackle Brenel Myers and guard Michael Ames. Defensively, the back seven needs to come up with massive changes losing top tackler J.C. Percy and linebacker running mate Tommy Smith. Also gone are starting corners Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins from the nation’s fifth-ranked pass defense.

What Needs Working On The kicking game needs to be stronger. Punter Trevor Harman wasn’t bad, averaging over 41 yards per kick, but overall the unit didn’t work with the punting game averaging just 34 yards per try. Michael Frisina hit 15-of-20 field goals and didn’t miss any important kicks, but now he’s gone and untested Dan Goodale is stepping in. The team could also use a bit more pop out of an offense that was efficient, didn’t make mistakes, and was effective enough to win 11 games, but it didn’t have the normal explosion against the good teams. The Broncos failed to score more than 28 points against any team that ended up in a bowl game.

Team Concerns For 2013: Scoring? Boise State? The offense wasn't all that bad, but it wasn't up to normal Boise State standards in a transitional season for the attack. Quarterback Joe Southwick put together a decent year in place of Kellen Moore, but the passing game was merely average and the offense didn't explode against the medium-to-strong teams. The punting has to be better after netting just over 34 yards per kick.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Last year the concern of the recruiting class was the lack of help for the front four - not a problem this time around. Chris Petersen went big on defensive tackles getting Tutulepeata Mataele and Justin Taimatuia from the JUCO ranks to see time right away in the interior, while Nick Terry and Kamalei Correa are two excellent prepsters who are as good as the program has brought in. The secondary also got a ton of help with JUCO corner Mercy Maston to find a role out of the boc and corner Dionza Blue a future starter. The offense isn't being ignored with three nice receivers in Kendal Keys, Jake Roh and Tanner Shipley along with running back Aaron Baltazar.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 59. That Class Was Heavy On ... The Broncos could use a few defensive linemen, or else next year will have to focus mostly on the front four. Quarterback has been addressed over the last few classes, and receivers are in place for the future. Linebacker might turn out to be the strength with a little bit of time, while the stars of the class will be for the secondary. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive front seven. How much impact has Boise State’s move to the Mountain West had on recruiting? Yawwwwwwn. Down the road, the move up might matter a little bit, but it didn’t do much this year with a good class, but not an elite one. However, JUCO transfer safety Dextrell Simmons is a special prospect and corner Eric Agbaroji is a nice pickup for the secondary. The strength is on the defensive front, including linebacker Blake Renaud for the middle, with tackle Jeff Worthy and ends Sam Ukwachu and Robert Ash all expected to be rocks over the next several years.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 94. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quality over quantity. There simply weren't any spots to fill, and it showed with a light class. However, the players brought in were good ones highlighted by big receiver Matt Miller, QB Grant Hedrick, who won't be in the mix until at least 2013, and corner Bryan Douglas, the next great Bronco shut-down defender. This year's defensive line didn't need a whole bunch of work, but it got a little boost from JUCO transfer Tyrone Crawford, a speed rusher for the outside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 62. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebacker. While the Broncos were able to come up with a little something for several spots, the stars are at linebacker where John Michael Davis and Allen Mooney were two tremendous gets, while Gabe Linehan should be excellent with a little time in the weight room. This is the Boise State 2013 starting linebacking corps. Two good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick and Mikey Tamburo, were also signed to develop until Kellen Moore is done.


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