Boise State football OC Robert Prince on offense: ‘We are 100 percent confident that this will work’

WR Kirby Moore on the Broncos’ game at Washington and their new offensive scheme

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

I am writing a story for Thursday’s paper on Boise State’s transition to a no-huddle, mostly pistol-based offense. Here are some of the quotes from offensive coordinator Robert Prince:

— “We had some good runs. The run game, a lot of our main runs had very positive yardage. There were some runs that obviously we need to tweak, but we felt really good with the run game.”

— “We need to create more explosive plays and in the red zone when we’re down there, we’ve got to punch it in.”

— “It always starts back with me. I’ve got to put us in better situations. We looked back at the game plan and there are some things we feel we can do better and hopefully we’ll be doing that stuff this next game.” Pressed for details, he said, “You’ll see on Saturday.”

— On the wide receivers: “Their DBs did a great job on our receivers. We’ve got to win the 1-on-1 matchups. The quarterback is going to make a certain read and if he sees the opportunity he’s going to throw it and we’ve got to go make those plays and we didn’t win the 50/50 balls. … I’ve got to create opportunities to help them get open a little bit more.”

— He said he was concerned that the team might have had too many plays in the game plan going into the game. Not all were used. “You’ve got to make the decision, these are the plays we’re going with and let’s get good at them,” he said.

— “We are 100 percent confident that this will work. Unfortunately, it didn’t work Saturday and so we got a chance to study the film and see what we needed to tweak and we feel good with it.”

— On QB Joe Southwick: “I think Joe, along with everybody, has to play better. Joe was disappointed, I’m sure. He was one of the first guys in on Sunday to watch the game and he’ll get better.”

Other quotes on the offense:

— Senior center Matt Paradis on the performance against Washington: “The red zone was the part that really sticks out and kind of gnaws at me the most. We were stopped on fourth right near there, that’s not OK, and we tried three field goals. The culture we have here is you’re expecting touchdowns.”

— Senior wide receiver Kirby Moore said the playbook isn’t much smaller but the terminology has been simplified. He also likes the pace. “If you make a mistake, you’re just on to the next play. I kind of like that. It simplifies things and there’s less thinking out there.”

— Moore on the lack of big plays: “We need to create them and obviously they’re not going to give us any explosive plays. We need to go out and create them. We’ve been doing that in practice and hopefully it carries over. … We have a pretty veteran group (at wide receiver). That has a lot to do with us.”

— Moore on fan angst: “I hope we show them a better showing on Saturday.”

— Coach Chris Petersen: “We’re just trying to see if we can score more points, for sure, but in a different way where our guys can play fast and know exactly what they are doing.”


As part of the Mountain West/Boise State TV deal with ESPN, as many as two Broncos games per year can be shown exclusively on ESPN3 — a Web-based service.

That’s where Saturday’s game against UT Martin will be shown. One more could land there — likely Southern Miss or New Mexico.

ESPN3 games can be viewed online at through participating Internet providers (Cable One, for example; full list here), college campuses and military bases. They also can be viewed on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app or streamed on TVs through an Xbox LIVE or Apple TV, but those devices require a participating TV provider: Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Cablevision, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-verse.

ESPN says the service is available in more than 85 million homes and to about 21 million college students and U.S.-based military personnel.


CB Donte Deayon


— Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said alignment issues and missed tackles (more than 30) were major contributors to the Broncos’ loss Saturday. He is considering moving to the press box on game days to give him a better chance to spot and fix alignment issues in the future. He hasn’t worked from the box since joining the Boise State in 2006. I’ll have more from Kwiatkowski tomorrow.

— Redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver on his college debut: “It’s a lot bigger and a lot more fun at the same time. Playing in front of that many people why always exciting, especially the first game in their stadium. … you think you’re prepared until you’re in front of 70,000 people. When I first got in there, I was tunnel-visioned a little bit.”

— Weaver on fan support: “We just need the support of Boise and the rest of the fans to be behind us as much as possible.”
— Sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon on his interception against Washington: “It was exciting, real exciting. But I’m never going to hang my hat on one interception. Gotta make more, gotta keep playing and get more interceptions.”



Monday blog: News, notes and video from Monday’s press conference
Tuesday story: Chris Petersen breaks down what went wrong in opener
Tuesday blog: Boise State falls out of the Top 25
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: UT Martin will play two quarterbacks, including a Favre; our scouting report is down the right side of the page

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Boise State game notes

Boise State depth chart

Tennessee-Martin game notes

Tennessee-Martin depth chart

Mountain West release



UT Martin at Boise State

When: 1:04 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bronco Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf)

TV: None

Video: ESPN3 (Jim Barbar, Kevin O’Connell). ESPN3 is a Web service that requires Internet access through a participating provider, college campus or military base.

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 0-1; UT Martin is 1-0

Rankings: Boise State is receiving votes in the FBS polls; UT Martin is receiving votes in the FCS polls

Series: First meeting

Color scheme: Tri-color

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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