By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick is “fine,” coach Chris Petersen said Monday. He also said he would no longer comment on short-term injuries.
Southwick injured his throwing arm in the first half Friday night at Fresno State. He finished the game but said afterward that he was “hurting.”
The Broncos lost 41-40.
“Joe played tough,” Petersen said. “He’s playing well. But nobody’s playing perfect by a long stretch. There are a handful of plays that he’s got to make if we want to get over that hump. That’s the position on offense that all fingers are going to point at. … He made some really spectacular plays, we’re really proud of him, but there also were some plays he has to make at this point in his career. That’s not to single that whole thing out. We could start right here with me.”
Other highlights from Petersen:
— On his team’s mindset: “They’re fine. They don’t like losing. Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser — that’s the bottom line. But we’ve got a short time to shake it off.”
— On mistakes vs. Fresno State: “I’ve said it before, but everyone wants to blow right by this: This will be the toughest schedule we’ve played since I’ve been here. Now, no one really cares about that, I get that. It’s about finishing on the field, but it’s predictable. These are good teams that we’re playing. You’ve got chances, but you just can’t make that many errors.”
— On tailback Jay Ajayi’s fumble: “It’s technique. The ball just can’t come away from your body. There will always be that hand coming out of nowhere. It’s easier said than done. A hand just barely got in there as he was diving forward.”
— On the failed swinging-gate conversion: Petersen said after the game it was wide open. “It wasn’t wide open,” he said. “They executed better than us. I went back and looked at it. I thought we had it. (Holder Matt Miller) thought we had it.”
— Boise State doesn’t do players of the week after a loss. The scout players of the week were wide receiver Terrell Johnson on offense and linebacker Joe Martarano on defense.
Junior defensive end Beau Martin was at the press conference. A few highlights from him:
— “As defensive linemen, we’ve got to pressure the quarterback. That’s what we do. … Obviously on Friday night, we didn’t do a good job of that.”
— On defensive struggles: “It’s hard. As a player and member of the defense, you take a lot of pride in how things go. It has been difficult. … We have to keep trusting the process. We’ve got the guys. We’ve got the work ethic. We’ve got the best coaching staff. We’ve got to trust them. We can’t mope around. There’s a great tradition of defense around here and it’s been done a certain way. We can’t change that.”
And here’s what senior offensive lineman Spencer Gerke had to say:
— “We just need to finish drives and score touchdowns. Field goals are good, but touchdowns are better.”
— “The closer the game the more of a heartbreaker it is. It was just a bummer to not finish.”
— On a potential rematch with Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game: “That’s in the back of everyone’s minds probably right now and hopefully we can make that happen.”