Matt Miller provides reliability, toughness for Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

MATT MILLER TAKES A BEATING, KEEPS ON CATCHING

Boise State junior wide receiver Matt Miller participated in 89 of the Broncos’ 102 offensive snaps (100, plus two two-point conversions) last week at Fresno State.

Coach Chris Petersen said Monday that was too many for a receiver.

“At the time, it wasn’t that bad,” Miller said. “It was the next morning that was pretty rough, waking up.”

Miller leads the team with 30 catches and 281 receiving yards this season. He’s on pace to challenge the century mark for catches — and shatter the school record.

Most of his catches are physical in nature — either quick hitches that require him to take on a tackler 1-on-1 or tough catches over the middle of the field.

“I’ve spent more time in that training room than I ever have,” Miller said, “which is good. I’ve got to wear those guys out and prepare myself for the rest of the season.”

Against Fresno State, Miller made nine catches for 93 yards, threw a two-point pass to tight end Jake Hardee on a reverse pass and was stopped at the goal line on a two-point run out of the swinging gate. He also was the holder for two field goals and two PATs.

The two-point pass was a broken play. The intended receiver, Connor Peters, got stuck in traffic.

“Jake Hardee thankfully threw his hand up at the last minute and I just threw it as hard as I could,” Miller said.

The two-point run should have worked, Miller said. If the Broncos had converted, they wouldn’t have needed to try two more two-point conversions in the second half. They ended up with two extra points on those three touchdowns in a one-point loss.

“The look was great (on the swinging gate),” Miller said. “That’s on me. I’ve just got to make the play and cram it in there. I got a little confused on what my blocker was going to do. It was the perfect look for it and I just didn’t take advantage of it.”

BURROUGHS SEIZES OPPORTUNITY

Boise State junior wide receiver Dallas Burroughs made his 2013 debut as a kickoff returner last week. He produced two returns longer than 50 yards and jumped to 13th in the nation with a 31.0-yard average.

“The group as a whole really blocked well,” Burroughs said. “I’ve just got to find the crease that they provided and hit it and after that just hit the burners.”

Burroughs replaced sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes, who averaged 21.7 yards in the first three games.

“Just trying to spread guys around and play to guys’ strengths,” coach Chris Petersen said. “… Those plays were blocked pretty cleanly and Dallas did a nice job hitting the crease.”

MORE DISCOUNT TICKETS RELEASED

Boise State has released 500 unused student tickets for Saturday’s game against Southern Miss. They’re priced at $25, the same as the discount tickets offered in three other sections.

The reserved tickets are in section 120.

Boise State also has other $25 tickets still available for Southern Miss.

The $10 tickets in the north end zone are sold out for Southern Miss and Wyoming.

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The 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. rule for alcoholic beverages in the non-university area around Bronco Stadium does not change depending on kickoff time. So the cutoff will happen around halftime Saturday. Cars won’t be towed from the parks until 3 a.m.

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The Broncos will wear black pants, gray jerseys, black helmets, black socks and black shoes Saturday.

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OUR COVERAGE

Monday blog: Southwick is “fine”
Tuesday story: Broncos lead nation in plays per game
Tuesday blog: 100 plays no surprise for Broncos
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: Southern Miss QB is a Cal transfer with one year to play
Wednesday story: Scouting the Golden Eagles
Wednesday blog: Hedrick capitalizes on opportunity
Thursday story: Charles Leno Jr. continues left tackle legacy

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GAME NOTES

Boise State game notes
Boise State depth chart
Boise State stats

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SOUTHERN MISS COVERAGE

Hattiesburg American

You can follow writer Jason Munz (@munzly) on Twitter.

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GAME FACTS

Southern Miss at Boise State

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bronco Stadium (36,387, FieldTurf)

TV: ESPNU (Joe Davis, David Diaz-Infante); channel 301 on Cable One, 208 on DirecTV and 141 on Dish Network

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

Records: Boise State is 2-2 overall, 1-1 Mountain West; Southern Miss is 0-3, 0-0 Conference USA

Series: Boise State leads 3-0 (BSU 40-14, 2012 in Hattiesburg)


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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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