Boise State coach Chris Petersen
Boise State QB Joe Southwick
Boise State WR Shane Williams-Rhodes
Boise State CB Bryan Douglas
By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team bounced back from a dreadful opener to smash UT Martin 63-14 on Saturday afternoon at Bronco Stadium.
Senior quarterback Joe Southwick was 17-of-25 for 234 yards and five touchdowns — two for sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes (seven catches, 89 yards) and one each for junior Matt Miller (five, 45), senior Aaron Burks (three, 69) and Kirby Moore (two, 10).
Sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi added 15 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos passed for 252 yards and rushed for 220, including a 50-yard TD run by backup quarterback Grant Hedrick in the second half. Twice, coach Chris Petersen had his team take a knee rather than score.
The defense contributed, too — junior cornerback Bryan Douglas returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and the defense forced six turnovers.
The game helped Boise State put its 38-6 loss to Washington behind the team and prepare for the Mountain West opener Friday at Bronco Stadium against Air Force.
“They came out and beat us good,” UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said. “We’re not Washington, but Boise State had something to prove today.”
A couple other quotes:
— Southwick: It’s good to go out and execute. … To put up that many points makes you feel good. … It’s so exciting now how the Mountain West has the two divisions, the West and the Mountain. It adds excitement for us and adds excitement for people who like the conference. (Air Force) is our first division battle. We’re going to be excited to get to work on them.”
— Petersen: “We just executed a little bit better across the board in all phases. … I was just pleased how the guys worked all week. They worked hard, came back and did get better than last week.”
A couple notes from Petersen:
— Junior Travis Saxton, the backup middle linebacker, likely will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
— Junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who was suspended for a game for the third time in 11 months, will be back for Air Force.
— True freshman quarterback Ryan Finley has had shoulder surgery to correct an injury that lingered from his high school career. He is expected to return for spring ball.
BSU — Jay Ajayi 11 run (Dan Goodale kick), 8:05. Key plays: Ajayi had runs of 10 and 13 yards and Matt Miller made a 15-yard catch on third-and-11. Miller also broke up what could have been an interception. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 1:59. Boise State 7, UT Martin 0
UTM — Trent Garland 11 pass from Dylan Favre (Jackson Redditt kick), 2:49. Key plays: UTM picked up three short third downs, including the touchdown. Favre kept for 11 yards and threw to Jeremy Butler for 14 yards. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:16. Boise State 7, UT Martin 7
BSU — Aaron Burks 54 pass from Joe Southwick (Goodale kick), 1:29. Key plays: Southwick hit Kirby Moore for 5 yards on third-and-3 right before the TD, which was a deep ball to Burks. Drive: 4 plays, 66 yards, 1:20. Boise State 14, UT Martin 7
BSU — Miller 5 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 14:54. Key plays: Safety Ebo Makinde recovered a surprise onside kick at the UTM 43-yard line. Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes gained 23 yards on a fly sweep on the next play. Drives: 6 plays, 43 yards, 1:35. Boise State 21, UT Martin 7
BSU — Ajayi 11 run (Goodale kick), 10:27. Key plays: The Skyhawks were flagged for pass interference twice on deep balls and could have been hit a third time. Williams-Rhodes gained 15 yards on second-and-10 on a quick hitch. Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:53. Boise State 28, UT Martin 7
BSU — Moore 5 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 5:17. Key plays: Williams-Rhodes returned the punt 28 yards, UTM drew a roughing-the-passer penalty and Southwick and Boldewijn connected on a scramble drill pass for 28 yards on fourth-and-9. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 2:29. Boise State 35, UT Martin 7
BSU — Bryan Douglas 33 interception return (Goodale kick), 5:03. Boise State 42, UT Martin 7
BSU — Williams-Rhodes 15 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 2:57. Key plays: Kevin Barfield fumbled a kickoff and safety Taylor Loffler recovered for the Broncos. The TD came on a screen pass on second-and-goal at the 15. Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 2:00. Boise State 49, UT Martin 7
BSU — Williams-Rhodes 30 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 12:26. Key plays: Williams-Rhodes began the drive with catches of 15 and 9 yards. His TD came on fourth-and-7. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 2:34. Boise State 56, UT Martin 7
BSU — Grant Hedrick 50 run (Goodale kick), 7:23. Key plays: Williams-Rhodes made a 7-yard catch after Douglas’ second interception. Drive: 4 plays, 62 yards, 1:40. Boise State 63, UT Martin 7
UTM — DJ McNeil 4 run (Redditt kick), 13:08. Key plays: McNeil rushed for 10 yards on third-and-1 and Abou Toure gained a yard on fourth-and-1. Drive: 16 plays, 84 yards, 5:09. Boise State 63, UT Martin 14
Good crowd for opener
The attendance Saturday was 33,293 — not bad considering the school had distributed about 28,500 tickets by the end of business Wednesday. It’s the smallest crowd since 32,101 turned out for the regular-season finale against Utah State in 2010.
Suite ceiling collapses
The ceiling of the athletic director’s suite on the top floor of the Stueckle Sky Center collapsed around the start of halftime. No one was injured, Boise State officials said.
Makinde recovers onside kick
Boise State senior safety and key special-teamer Ebo Makinde recovered a surprise onside kick late in the first quarter. Kicker Dan Goodale bounced the ball into a hole in the UT Martin return team and Makinde caught it on a hop at the UTM 43-yard line to set up a TD drive.
Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was suspended for Saturday’s game vs. UT Martin. No reason was provided. Lawrence was suspended twice, for one game each, last season. He led the Mountain West with 9.5 sacks last season.
Finley’s arm in a sling
True freshman quarterback Ryan Finley, who was limited in fall camp because of a shoulder issue, was on the sideline with his right arm in a sling.
Boise State wore its blue pants, gray jerseys and blue helmets. … Boise State’s single-game captains were safety Ebo Makinde, wide receiver Kirby Moore, offensive lineman Spencer Gerke and safety Darian Thompson. … Former tailback Ian Johnson was an honorary captain. … UT Martin won the coin toss and took the ball. … Linebacker Corey Bell carried the Hammer. … Defensive end Beau Martin (sack) and Thompson (interception) made big plays to end UTM’s first two drives. … Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet was honored between the first and second quarters. He is fifth in the FedExCup standings on the PGA Tour. … Boise State took a knee at the UTM 34-yard line with 39 seconds left in the first half, leading 49-7. … The 49-point win was the Broncos’ largest since Oct. 15, 2011, when they beat Colorado State 63-13. … The Broncos’ 49 first-half points was the most since scoring 49 against Weber State in 2007. … Twenty-five Broncos have made their career debuts this season — 15 vs. Washington and 10 vs. UT Martin.
Read a replay of our live game coverage, with tweets and photos, below:
PHOTOS FROM BOISE STATE’S TEAM ROOM
OUR EARLIER COVERAGE
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
Wednesday blog: How to watch the game on ESPN3
Wednesday blog: About 8,000 tickets remain for game
Thursday story: Why Boise State changed its offense
Thursday blog: Read a replay of our live chat; running backs impress
Friday story: Boise State changes its practice schedule; why this year’s depth issues started in 2011; how the players and words are chosen for the Bronco Stadium banners
Friday story: Sports bars scramble to get ESPN3
Friday blog: Name the score contest and Murphy prediction
Saturday story: All about the new video board and sound system
Saturday story: Game breakdown
Brian Murphy column: Broncos need to get better fast