Live coverage: Boise State 60, Southern Miss 7

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

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter

BSU — Shane Williams-Rhodes 10 run (Dan Goodale kick), 4:53. Key plays: Tailback Aaron Baltazar broke a 24-yard run and wide receiver Matt Miller made a 20-yard grab on a back-shoulder fade. On the TD, the line stood around pointing right, quarterback Joe Southwick took the snap and Southwick handed the ball to Williams-Rhodes from behind and ran right. Williams-Rhodes ran left to the surprise of the Golden Eagles. Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 1:06. Boise State 7, Southern Miss 0

Second quarter

BSU — Goodale 33 field goal, 14:21. Key plays: Southwick hit Miller, who was wide open and made a nice cut to get into the open field. Miller might have scored but he stumbled and fell for a 43-yard gain. A sack killed the drive. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 3:17. Boise State 10, Southern Miss 0

USM — Marquise Ricard 5 pass from Allan Bridgford (Corey Acosta kick), 12:25. Key play: Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick entered for the first drive of the second quarter and fumbled the snap on the first play. Drive: 2 plays, 8 yards, :32. Boise State 10, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Geraldo Boldewijn 42 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 10:10. Key plays: The Broncos worked out of second-and-17 with a 10-yard catch by Miller, an offside penalty and a 5-yard run by Jay Ajayi. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:15. Boise State 17, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Williams-Rhodes 14 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 3:52. Key plays: Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence blocked a field goal and cornerback Donte Deayon returned the ball to the Southern Miss 27-yard line. The TD came on a third-down scramble by Southwick. Williams-Rhodes made a diving catch that held up on replay review. Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, 1:36. Boise State 24, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Ajayi 4 run (Goodale kick failed), 1:09. Key plays: Boldewijn made a terrific, leaping catch on a 50/50 ball for 52 yards on the opening play. Ajayi drove through a couple tacklers on third-and-2 for the TD. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 1:03. Boise State 30, Southern Miss 7

Third quarter

BSU — Miller 18 pass from Southwick (Goodale kick), 10:10. Key plays: Ajayi opened with a 22-yard run. A face mask pushed the ball to the 13 and the touchdown came on a Southwick scramble on third-and-15 at the 18. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 3:35. Boise State 37, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Goodale 26 field goal, 5:50. Drive: 11 plays, 48 yards, 3:38. Boise State 40, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Hedrick 2 run (Goodale kick), 3:11. Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, :39. Boise State 47, Southern Miss 7

Fourth quarter

BSU — Jack Fields 6 run (Goodale kick), 12:45. Key plays: Fields ran on all but one play — a 17-yard pass from Hedrick to tight end Jake Hardee. Drive: 8 plays, 40 yards, 3:34. Boise State 54, Southern Miss 7

BSU — Charles Bertoli 7 run (Goodale kick blocked), 3:22. Key plays: Southern Miss fumbled Boise State’s punt. Fields rushed for 13 yards, then Bertoli carried on four straight plays. Drive: 5 plays, 37 yards, 2:29. Boise State 60, Southern Miss 7

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NOTEBOOK

Moore, Burks, Huff, Linehan, Horn out

Boise State played without four receivers who figure prominently in the passing game — senior wide receivers Kirby Moore and Aaron Burks, senior tight end Gabe Linehan and sophomore Holden Huff. All have been dealing with injuries. Moore, the team’s second-leading receiver, missed his first game, Burks and Linehan missed their second and Huff missed his third.

Junior starting defensive tackle Tyler Horn, the second-leading tackler, also sat with an injury. It was his first missed game of the season. Sophomore defensive tackle Armand Nance made his first start in Horn’s place.

Baltazar starts — sort of

True freshman tailback Aaron Baltazar opened as the primary tailback for the first time. He replaced sophomore Jay Ajayi last week at Fresno State after Ajayi lost his second fumble in as many games. Baltazar didn’t actually start because of a funky formation (wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes at tailback) but was on the field for the next two plays.

Moxey starts

True freshman cornerback Jonathan Moxey made his first start in a three-cornerback alignment. His role has been increasing throughout the first month of the season. Moxey replaced strong-side linebacker Corey Bell.

Look out for Lawrence

Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence single-handedly stopped the Golden Eagles’ first drive. On second-and-9 at the Boise State 34-yard line, Lawrence sacked quarterback Allan Bridgford and stripped the ball. He nearly recovered the fumble, too, but the ball slipped away. Two plays later, Lawrence blocked Corey Acosta’s 47-yard field goal.

In the second quarter, Bridgford threw a pass right to safety Darian Thompson as Lawrence drilled him. And Lawrence blocked another field goal.

Lawrence is the first Bronco with two blocked kicks in a game since offensive tackle Daryn Colledge in 2005 at Hawaii.

Big mistake for Hedrick

Junior backup quarterback Grant Hedrick entered, apparently to run a drive, at the start of the second quarter. But on the first play, he fumbled the snap and Southern Miss recovered at the Boise State 8. That led to a Golden Eagles touchdown.

Another Wish moment

Boise State hosted an out-of-state Make-A-Wish child for the third time in four seasons. Shane Swanson, 12, of Minnesota led the team onto the field and was an honorary captain for the coin toss.

Offensive lineman Charles Leno pushed Shane’s wheelchair out of the tunnel. Shane held a small version of the Hammer and held hands with safety Taylor Loffler, who carried the Broncos’ full-sized Hammer.

Shane has Spina Bifida.

Kickoff pushed back

ESPN pushed back the kickoff by 6 minutes, to 8:21 p.m., because the Florida-Kentucky game that preceded it on ESPN was running late.

Getting tricky

Boise State’s first two touchdowns Saturday came on trick plays. The first was a Fumblerooski-style play. The offensive line stood pointing to the right as the ball was snapped to quarterback Joe Southwick. Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes stayed in his stance as a fullback and took the ball from Southwick, who handed it between the receiver’s legs. Southwick then ran right and Williams-Rhodes scampered left for an easy 10-yard score.

The second came on a play with a scattered offensive line. The interior three linemen and tailback Jay Ajayi stayed with Southwick and the rest of the players, including the tackles, scattered toward the two sidelines. That created confusion for the Golden Eagles defense and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn ran free down the field. He caught Southwick’s pass, made a defender miss and ran 42 yards for the TD.

Quick hits

Boise State wore black pants, black helmets and gray jerseys. … Boise State’s captains were wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, safety Dillon Lukehart and offensive guard Marcus Henry. … The coaches for both teams wore the Coach to Cure MD patches, an annual event to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. … Boise State’s honorary captains were Jim Brekke (tight end, 1995-98) and linebacker/defensive end Nic Stranberg (2001-03).

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PREVIOUS 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
Thursday blog: Matt Miller, Dallas Burroughs … and a replay of our live chat
Friday story: Weekly notebook, including how Grant Hedrick prepared for his big opportunity last week
Name the Score Contest
Saturday story: The fragile nature of success
Murphy column: Goals still attainable


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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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