Demarcus Lawrence’s goal-line stop against Air Force (courtesy of BroncoSports.com)
By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
MW HONORS LAWRENCE
Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week Monday.
Lawrence tied for the team lead with nine tackles (two for loss) and was instrumental in holding Air Force to 95 yards in the second half of a 42-20 win Friday. Lawrence disrupted several key plays, including a third-down pressure that forced a punt and a third-down tackle for loss inside the 10-yard line that forced a field goal.
“Demarcus Lawrence, he is a great player,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said after the game. “I thought there were two key plays hat he made. When it was 28-17, we had third-and-goal from (the 3-yard line) and he had a big play on the stop right behind the line of scrimmage. And then on one of the throws, he beat us on an up-and-under on a pass rush.”
Said Boise State coach Chris Petersen: “It was good to see him be able to show up (against) that style of offense.”
It’s the first player of the week award for Lawrence, who led the Mountain West in sacks last season. He won it the week after he was suspended for the UT Martin game.
UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring (24-of-28, 266 yards, 3 TDs) won the offensive award for leading the Rebels back from 21-0 down to a 31-21 win against Central Michigan. Shaquil Barrett of Colorado State was honored for special teams. He blocked two field goals against Cal Poly.
LATE START FOR BOISE STATE-SOUTHERN MISS
The Boise State-Southern Miss game on Sept. 28 at Bronco Stadium will begin at 8:15 p.m. and air on ESPNU, ESPN announced Monday. Boise State will not receive a national-TV bonus for the game because it’s not on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC. ESPN used its right to schedule the game 12 days before kickoff. It has similar rights to the Wyoming and New Mexico games in November.
Boise State sold about 2,450 discounted tickets Monday to the Southern Miss, Wyoming or New Mexico games. That total includes more than 1,850 of the $10 tickets in the north end zone and nearly 600 of the $25 tickets in select upper-deck sections. Here is my post on the promotion.
Coach Chris Petersen
NOTES & QUOTES
— Boise State has received a commitment from highly recruited defensive end Jaylen Johnson of Corona, Calif. Dave Southorn will have more on him later today.
— Boise State’s internal players of the week were quarterback Joe Southwick (offense), Lawrence (defense), linebacker Chris Santini (special teams), defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (lineman), cornerback Promise Amadi (scout defense), offensive lineman Kellen Buhr (scout offense) and tight end Jake Roh (scout special teams).
— Petersen on the importance of this week’s game at Fresno State: “We know that Fresno has a heck of a team. We’re so much work in progress and trying to get better that all these weeks seem the same to me.”
— Petersen on improvement of the cornerbacks: “We will find out this week, there’s no question about it. … There’s no question that we’ll have to have improved a great deal from game one to where we are now for us to hang in there.”
— Petersen on Fresno State WR Davante Adams: “He’s an NFL player without question. He needs to leave tomorrow.”
— Petersen on quarterback Joe Southwick’s interception (Petersen said after the game he should have thrown a shorter pass): “If he throws a better ball, he’s right. If he doesn’t throw a better ball, I’m right. You’ve got to play the game. He was fine with his decision. The ball wasn’t accurate enough.”
— Petersen on setting the FBS record for team completion percentage against Air Force: “It’s just about playing efficient football. That’s what we appreciate about that. Someone will break that in about three games.”
— Petersen on tailback Jay Ajayi’s pickle juice: “If he doesn’t cramp after drinking it, he can go drink out of the gutter and we’re good.”
— Petersen on Southwick’s mustache: “That mustache is serious business. If that helps him complete 27 passes, that’s serious business.”
— Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has said he took down the Boise State flag in his living room that was a challenge from his brother, David Carr,to beat the Broncos. Carr joked that his dog took down the flag and has said that it was a distraction for his team. Petersen says he thinks that flag is nearby. “I know he’s looking at it,” Petersen said.
— Former Boise State left tackle Ryan Clady could miss a big chunk of the NFL season. Story here.
FRESNO STATE COVERAGE
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Boise State at Fresno State
When: 7:01 p.m. MT Friday
Where: Bulldog Stadium (41,031, FieldTurf)
TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)
Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 2-1 overall, 1-0 Mountain West; Fresno State is 2-0, 0-0
Rankings: Fresno State is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Series: Boise State leads 11-4 (BSU 20-10, 2012 in Boise)
WR Matt Miller
DE Kharyee Marshall