Coach Chris Petersen
QB Joe Southwick
WR Kirby Moore
S Dillon Lukehart
Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter
By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Here is where you can find our scoring summary and notebook items as tonight’s Boise State-Fresno State game progresses. Below also is the window to join the live chat, hosted by Dave Southorn.
FS — Josh Quezada 14 pass from Derek Carr (Colin McGuire kick), 10:25. Key plays: The Bulldogs converted three third downs — an 8-yard catch by Davante Adams on third-and-7, a 10-yard catch by Greg Watson on third-and-2 and the touchdown, which was a screen pass on third-and-10. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 2:05. Fresno State 7, Boise State 0
BSU — Jay Ajayi 1 run (Dan Goodale kick), 4:02. Key plays: Quarterback Joe Southwick got the drive moving with an 11-yard throw to wide receiver Matt Miller on third-and-7. Southwick added a couple of scrambles on which Fresno State committed personal fouls and a 22-yard throw to tight end Connor Peters. Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 4:14. Fresno State 7, Boise State 7
FS — McGuire 20 field goal, 2:33. Key plays: Wide receiver Greg Watson broke free on a fake screen and caught Carr’s throw. He appeared to score a 69-yard touchdown, but the replay crew said he was down 18 inches short of the goal line. The Broncos then made a goal-line stand. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 1:29. Fresno State 10, Boise State 7
BSU — Goodale 31 field goal, 1:18. Key plays: Southwick hit wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn down the sideline for a 57-yard gain on a fake screen. On third-and-6, Southwick overthrew wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes on a corner route. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 1:15. Fresno State 10, Boise State 10
FS — Josh Harper 21 pass from Carr (McGuire kick), 11:36. Key plays: Carr opened the drive with a 41-yard strike to wide receiver Isaiah Burse, moments after a fourth-down stop by the defense. Drive: 2 plays, 62 yards, :30. Fresno State 17, Boise State 10
BSU — Troy Ware 18 pass from Grant Hedrick (Miller run failed), 9:05. Key plays: Dallas Burroughs returned the kickoff 55 yards to give the Broncos excellent field position. Southwick was injured on a keeper and had to leave the game. Hedrick entered for three plays — two handoffs to tailback Jay Ajayi, who gained 5 yards on third-and-4, and the TD pass. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:31. Fresno State 17, Boise State 16
FS — Harper 4 pass from Carr (McGuire kick), 2:28. Key plays: Burse made an 18-yard catch on the first play and a 15-yard grab on fourth-and-3. Carr threw incomplete on third-and-10 at the Boise State 20-yard line but end Kharyee Marshall was offside. Carr threw to Adams for 11 yards on his second try. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 3:10. Fresno State 24, Boise State 16
BSU — Goodale 32 field goal, :07. Key plays: Southwick hit Boldewijn for 4 yards on third-and-3 and Southwick scrambled for 18 yards. On third-and-3 at the 8, Ejiro Ederaine jumped over Ajayi and sacked Southwick. Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards, 2:15. Fresno State 24, Boise State 19
FS — Adams 1 pass from Carr (McGuire kick), 10:47. Key plays: Burse gained 20 yards on a fly sweep and Marcel Jensen made a 20-yard grab on fourth-and-9. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 4:13. Fresno State 31, Boise State 19
FS — McGuire 28 field goal, :58. Key plays: Burse made a 21-yard grab on third-and-10 and Adams gained 21 yards. But a chop-block penalty erased a touchdown and forced Fresno State to settle for three. Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 3:05. Fresno State 34, Boise State 19
BSU — Aaron Baltazar 35 run (Goodale kick), :41. Key plays: Burroughs hit another big kickoff return, a 58-yarder. Baltazar broke free up the middle on the next play. Drive: 1 play, 35 yards, :17. Fresno State 34, Boise State 26
BSU — Baltazar 2 run (Baltazar run failed), 8:28. Key plays: Baltazar dominated the drive, but Southwick made key throws to Kirby Moore for 8 yards on third-and-2 and Shane Williams-Rhodes on a crazy scramble for 9 yards on second-and-7. Drive: 13 plays, 89 yards, 4:04. Fresno State 34, Boise State 32
BSU — Southwick 1 run (Jake Hardee pass from Miller), 7:04. Key plays: The Broncos recovered a pooch kickoff and Southwick scrambled 28 yards to the 3. He fumbled as he stepped out of bounds, which could have led to a touchback, but the officials determined he was out first. Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:19. Boise State 40, Fresno State 34
FS — Quezada 1 run (McGuire kick), 2:14. Drive: 13 plays, 87 yards, 4:45. Fresno State 41, Boise State 40
Southwick: ‘I’m hurting’
Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick injured his throwing arm in the first half of Friday night’s 41-40 loss at Fresno State. He stayed in the game but received unspecified treatment at halftime.
“I’m hurting. I’ll see what it’s like tomorrow. I wasn’t coming out,” Southwick said.
Southwick was injured on a keeper in the second quarter. He waved off trainers to stay in the game, made a 7-yard throw on the next play and caught a lateral.
Junior backup Grant Hedrick entered after that and stayed for three plays — two handoffs and an 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Troy Ware. It was Hedrick’s first TD pass and Ware’s first catch.
The quarterback change was not because of Southwick’s injury, coach Chris Petersen said.
“We had a package for (Hedrick) and he did a great job with it,” coach Chris Petersen said.
Southwick returned for the next possession and finished the game. He was 31-of-45 — both career highs — for 313 yards with one interception. He also rushed for a career-high 54 yards and a TD.
“I just got slammed onto the ground on that one I kept and it just hurt really bad,” Southwick said. “I finished the half and was able to come in at halftime and get some stuff done. … I was fine in the second half.”
Big night for Baltazar
True freshman tailback Aaron Baltazar replaced starter Jay Ajayi in the second half after Ajayi lost a fumble. Baltazar finished with 18 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs. His first career touchdown came on a 35-yard run.
“Aaron runs hard,” Petersen said. “He’s a good player and he’s going to contiue to get better. We have a lot of good, young players that will continue to get better but we have a lot of work to do if we want to try and do what we want to do, I know that.”
Big moment for Carr family
Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr’s first thought when the Bulldogs clinched their victory was of his brother, David Carr. David was the Bulldogs’ star quarterback in 2001, when the Broncos upset them in the schools’ first conference meeting, and was on hand Friday.
“I remember sitting there watching the sack (of David, ending the 2001 game) happen when I was 10 years old — that is one thing that went through my head,” Derek said. “ ‘Where is my brother? I know he is around and I want to go and hug him.’ I told him that one was for him. Because one of the main reasons I came here was because of that moment. I remember sitting up in the stands, crying because my brother lost his game. It was just a game, but it meant a lot to me. So I went straight to him and told him that was for him.”
Fast-paced offenses rack up plays
Boise State ran 100 plays, generating 561 yards and 32 first downs. Fresno State ran 84 plays, generating 522 yards and 27 first downs.
Boise State ran 60 plays in the first half alone.
“I was gassed and I didn’t even run 100 plays,” Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said.
WR Aaron Burks out
Boise State senior wide receiver Aaron Burks didn’t make the trip to Fresno because of an injury. Burks averages 17.7 yards per catch on six receptions. He is “week to week,” Petersen said.
Sophomore tight end Holden Huff missed his second straight game. Senior tight end Gabe Linehan was in uniform but did not play, serving an emergency role. That left two tight ends from the usual rotation — junior Connor Peters and sophomore Jake Hardee.
True freshman wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck played in the game, his first appearance. He had been on a redshirt track.
A man of two numbers
Boise State senior offensive tackle Jake Broyles wore jersey No. 99 but still had his usual No. 76 on his helmet. The jersey switch allowed him to play tight end.
Peters and redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver got their first career starts. Peters also made his first official catch, a 22-yarder in the first quarter. His only previous catch was on a two-point conversion last year and that doesn’t count officially.
Also, redshirt freshman Sean Wale was the first punter used for the first time.
Boise State wore blue pants, white jerseys and white helmets. … Boise State brought its band — a rarity for the regular season. The university, athletic department and band paid for the trip. … Boise State’s game captains were left tackle Charles Leno Jr., defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, linebacker Blake Renaud and quarterback Joe Southwick. … Fresno State won the coin toss and deferred. … Carr has thrown a TD pass in 23 straight games, the longest active streak in the FBS, according to ESPN. … Fresno State drew its first sellout crowd since a 2008 game against Wisconsin. … Safety Jeremy Ioane left the game with an injury in the first half. Sophomore Dillon Lukehart replaced him and led the team with nine tackles. … Boise State appeared to get caught with 10 guys on the field three times. The Broncos called timeouts twice. … Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams extended his Mountain West record to 11 straight games with a TD catch.
Boise State’s young secondary
Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said he expects to play five cornerbacks against the Bulldogs. Boise State played five corners — Bryan Douglas, Donte Deayon, Cleshawn Page, Mercy Maston and true freshman Jonathan Moxey — in the first two games of the season against Washington and UT Martin.
The Broncos played fewer cornerbacks against run-heavy Air Force.
“They’re all competitors. They all have been in the film room watching a lot of tape,” Lake said. “We’ve made some plays. We’ve given up some plays. Now we’ve got to make sure we correct our mistakes and we learn. If the starting left corner makes a mistake, all the corners have to make sure they don’t make that mistake. We’ve got a very big challenge in front of us Friday night.”
Moxey appeared on the depth chart this week, but Lake said it was just a formality. Moxey has one tackle in three games.
“We just wanted to put him on there. He will be playing in the game. No real big deal there,” Lake said.
— Brian Murphy
Southwick vs. Carr
Much of the talk this week has been about Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr, who gets another chance to knock off the Broncos, who beat his older brother David at Fresno State in 2001.
David Carr was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Derek might not be far behind.
“He is definitely a pro-style quarterback. He does a great job of reading defenses, he gets rid of the ball very quickly. He just does a good job of running his offense. They do a lot of checking at the line of scrimmage, but at the same time they’ll do the fast tempo that is the craze right now in the NFL and in college. He has an NFL quality strong arm. He can make all the throws. He can actually run around a little bit, too. It’s not what he wants to do first, but if we take everything away, he’s going to run it,” said Boise State defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, who spent time as an NFL assistant coach.
Said Boise State safety Darian Thompson: “I just know he’s a great quarterback. He’s very intelligent. He knows where to put the ball in the time needed. If we make any minor mistakes, then we know he’ll capitalize.”
Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick — who set the school and Mountain West records for completion percentage (27-of-29) against Air Force last week — has gotten considerably less ink.
Southwick actually ranks higher than Carr in pass efficiency (36th in the nation for Southwick, 42nd for Carr). The Fresno Bee wrote that one of the keys for Boise State on Friday night is “don’t ask too much of quarterback Joe Southwick. The playmakers — and the matchup problems for Fresno State — are outside. The Broncos can’t overload their quarterback.”
Maybe no one in Fresno (or elsewhere) has noticed, but Southwick has repeatedly drawn praise from Boise State coach Chris Petersen for his command of the offense. Many of the plays in the Broncos’ offense are run-pass checks by Southwick.
“Joe was in a really good groove,” Petersen said of last week’s 27-of-29 performance. “Hopefully it continues. But the opposition is going to be flying a little faster and a little more furious. The ball is going to have to come out quicker.”
— Brian Murphy
Monday blog: Notes and videos from Chris Petersen’s press conference, new recruit, Southern Miss game time
Tuesday story: Boise State football news and notes
Tuesday blog: What this game means to Fresno State
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: Derek Carr hopes for breakthrough season
Wednesday story: Scouting the Bulldogs
Name the Score Contest
Wednesday blog: Ajayi tries to slow pickle juice phenomenon
Thursday story: Petersen’s role in the offense, and other notes
Thursday blog: Improved run game, tough test for Southwick
Friday story: Brian Murphy on the changing world of defense
Friday story: What’s at stake
Friday story: A rivalry with few memorable moments
Friday story: Game breakdown