Boise State coach Chris Petersen
Boise State QB Joe Southwick
Boise State LB Corey Bell
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian (via Tacoma News Tribune)
Washington WR Kasen Williams (via Tacoma News Tribune)
By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
SEATTLE — We’re taking a different approach to our in-game Boise State football coverage this year. Here’s what to expect:
— In this space, I will post the summaries for scoring drives and notebook items as I write them. (Please forgive the inevitable typo).
— Dave Southorn is hosting a live chat. You can join in the window below. It will include all of the tweets sent out by Brian Murphy and I during the game. We also can add photos and tweets from fans — use hashtag #BroncoFootball.
— I’ll post what I can after the game once I’ve filed for the newspaper.
UW — Bishop Sankey 1 run (Travis Coons kick), 8:20. Key plays: The Huskies converted three third downs. The biggest came from wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, who took a swing pass for a big gain on third-and-9 at the Boise State 38-yard line. Linebacker Travis Saxton hit him out of bounds and the penalty pushed the ball to the 13. Drive: 16 plays, 84 yards, 4:42. Washington 7, Boise State 0
UW — Coons 30 field goal, 10:21. Key plays: Mickens juked Corey Bell on a screen pass to gain 19 yards and get the Huskies out of a first-and-22 hole. Kasen Williams dropped a pass on third-and-5 to lead to the field goal. Drive: 13 plays, 63 yards, 3:43. Washington 10, Boise State 0
BSU — Dan Goodale 37 field goal, 2:31. Key plays: Tailback Jay Ajayi came into the game on third-and-2 and gained 5 yards for a key first down and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn made four catches for 27 yards. Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards, 3:33. Washington 10, Boise State 3
BSU — Goodale 20 field goal, 9:37. Key plays: The Broncos marched down the field with a 14-yard catch by Kirby Moore, a 16-yard catch by Geraldo Boldewijn and an 8-yard, third-down catch by Boldewijn. But tight end Holden Huff dropped a pass near the goal line and Ajayi was stuffed on second-and-goal at the 2. Drive: 18 plays, 72 yards, 5:23. Washington 10, Boise State 6
UW — Williams 19 pass from Keith Price (Coons kick), 7:50. Key plays: Williams caught a back-shoulder fade from Price on third-and-6, then slipped away for a long run and 38-yard gain. Drive: 4 plays, 61 yards, 1:35. Washington 17, Boise State 6
UW — Joshua Perkins 18 pass from Price (Coons kick), 1:34. Key plays: The Huskies quickly shook off a first-and-20 to start the drive. On the TD, Price scrambled left and found Perkins in the back of the end zone. Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 2:14. Washington 24, Boise State 6
UW — Sankey 23 run (Coons kick), 10:45. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 3:28. Washington 31, Boise State 6
UW — Dwayne Washington 8 run (Coons kick), 5:56. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 3:30. Washington 38, Boise State 6
Boise State true freshman running back Aaron Baltazar was the second Bronco to get a carry in the game. He handled the ball on back-to-back plays in the first quarter and gained 6 and 4 yards.
Other true freshmen who played: linebacker Darren Lee, stud end Gabe Perez, stud end Kamalei Correa and cornerback Jonathan Moxey.
Goodale starts with block
Boise State junior kicker Dan Goodale’s return to the starting lineup didn’t get off to a great start. His first attempt since the 2011 miss against TCU was blocked. The 34-yard kick came out low, but Washington’s Danny Shelton also got through the Broncos’ protection.
Goodale responded in the second quarter by making a 37-yard field goal — the longest field goal for the Broncos since Nov. 19, 2010.
Each quarterback threw an interception in the first 2 minutes of the game. Boise State sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon made a leaping interception on Washington’s second play of the game. Washington answered with an interception by safety Sean Parker, who came across the field to grab Joe Southwick’s underthrown pass down the sideline.
Three Broncos left home
Three Boise State backups did not make the trip to Washington because of team-rules violations — redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Pint, junior tight end Connor Peters and junior tailback Derrick Thomas.
Fox analyst says neither team has a decided advantage
Charles Davis will be in the broadcast booth, providing color commentary, for Fox Sports 1 for the Boise State-Washington game. Davis also called the Broncos’ 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory against Oklahoma.
He said the Broncos’ sustained success is “one of the greatest stories in college football.”
“In this day and age, we have a guy (coach Chris Petersen) that says this amount of money is fine with me. I like it here. Guys graduated, yet they still have the same type of success and don’t act like it’s a surprise,” Davis said Friday in an interview with the Idaho Statesman.
“Now the surprise would be if Coach Petersen does leave. Or if they fell off the pace or if Coach Pete took off on his own volition.”
That success — Petersen is 84-8 in seven seasons with the Broncos — has elevated the program to a unique place among non-BCS programs. Boise State is No. 19 in both major preseason polls.
“At Washington, a measuring stick game for them is Boise State. They find out about themselves at Boise State. Boise can run with the big boys. Now when people play Boise State, it’s ‘Can we measure up to them?’ ”
Davis said he expects a “fairly even game” in the opener.
“I don’t look and see a decided advantage anywhere,” he said. “But the kicking game, both coaches are holding their breath.”
Washington freshman kick returner John Ross and Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes could be difference-makers, Davis said.
He said Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who did not play in the Broncos’ 28-26 victory against Washington in last year’s MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, is a player to watch Saturday evening.
“He’s a man. He looks the part. I think last year’s troubles are behind him,” Davis said, referencing Lawrence’s two one-game suspensions. “He understands his purpose now and gets it. I know Washington feels they have to account for him on every snap. If he’s that disruptive, you’ve got to do something with him. … I like him. To me, he looks the part of any defensive end in any conference.”
Boise State wore its all-white uniforms, including the helmets. … Before the game, Washington honored the construction workers who rebuilt Husky Stadium. … Boise State’s single-game captains were defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Southwick, safety Jeremy Ioane and center Matt Paradis. … Linebacker Blake Renaud led the team onto the field with the Hammer. … Senior Trevor Harman started as the punter. He was listed as co-starter with redshirt freshman Sean Wale. Wale punted in the fourth quarter. … Strong-side linebacker Jonathan Brown left the game with an injury in the second quarter. … Washington QB Keith Price tossed his 55th career TD pass, tying the school record set by Caldwell’s Cody Pickett. …
OUR EARLIER COVERAGE
Monday story: Husky Stadium
Monday blog: New and notes from Petersen’s press conference
Tuesday story: Dan Goodale regains starting job
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Tuesday blog: Huskies adjust to up-tempo
Wednesday story: Washington tailback Bishop Sankey dominated in bowl game (sidebar: Scouting Washington)
Wednesday blog: Offensive coordinator Robert Prince gets more comfortable calling plays
Thursday story: Feature on sophomore safety Darian Thompson
Name the Score contest and Brian Murphy’s audio prediction
Read the story Thursday blog: Boise State expects to play four to six cornerbacks
Read the story Friday story: Rare rematch, Joe Southwick’s development and other notes
Friday blog/live chat: Read a replay of the live chat.
Saturday cover story: The Year of the Road Trip
Saturday Murphy column: Chris Petersen’s approach to discipline
Saturday game breakdown: What to look for on offense, defense and special teams
Here is my blog post on Kellen Moore making the Lions roster and other former Boise State players who survived final cuts.