Joe Southwick meets the media after the Spring Game.
By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Senior quarterback Joe Southwick and sophomore tailback Jay Ajayi led the Boise State offense to a 14-7 halftime lead Saturday at Bronco Stadium in the Spring Game — and the offense held on for the victory.
Ajayi scored on a 3-yard run to close a drive on which he carried five times for 42 yards, including an 18-yarder.
Southwick led a 2-minute drive to end the half. He was 4-for-8, including a 17-yard toss to tight end Kyle Sosnowski and a 25-yard strike to wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn on the last two plays.
Ajayi had 11 carries for 69 yards in the half. Southwick was 12-of-20 for 113 yards and a TD. Neither played in the second half.
The offense clinched the victory on a 1-yard TD sneak by sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea. It was a fourth-down play. If he had been stopped, the defense would have taken the lead.
D: Tyler Horn interception (Grant Hedrick), 0-3
O: Jay Ajayi 3 run (Dan Goodale kick), 7-3
D: Beau Martin sack, 7-5
D: Demarcus Lawrence sack, 7-7
O: Geraldo Boldewijn 25 pass from Joe Southwick (Tyler Rausa kick), 14-7
O: Jake Hardee 21 pass from Grant Hedrick (Goodale kick), 21-7
D: Donte Deayon 30 interception return, 21-16
D: Deuce Mataele forced fumble, 21-19
O: Jimmy Laughrea 1 run (Rausa kick), 28-19
Rushing: Ajayi 11-69-1, Derrick Thomas 8-27, Charles Bertoli 5-24.
Passing: Southwick 12-20-0 113 yards, TD; Hedrick 10-14-1 82 yards, TD; Laughrea 5-11-1 43 yards; Nick Patti 2-3-0 13 yards.
Receiving: Aaron Burks 7 catches, 50 yards; Geraldo Boldewijn 3-32 TD, Jake Hardee 3-31 TD, Matt Miller 3-29, Shane Williams-Rhodes 3-12.
Tackles: Blake Renaud 8 tackles, Demarcus Lawrence 7, Travis Saxton 7, Ben Weaver 7, Deuce Mataele 6.
Coach Chris Petersen on the offensive stars (audio here): “You’d hope a senior quarterback would lead the way and I think he did a nice job. Jay’s had a nice spring and he’s kind of picked up where he left off last year, so I think we’ve got a nice foundation set with those two guys.”
Petersen on the no-huddle: “We know how to huddle. We can huddle. We’ve got that figured out. It’s good to do some of that when we have some crowd out here — it changes some things a little bit — and just see how we operate. … We need to be able to do both.”
Petersen on the defense: “When you’re playing everybody, it’s probably not going to look exactly like you want. We have some young guys in there who are going to have to make plays in the fall that maybe aren’t right where they need to be right now but we’ll get them there.”
Southwick on his play: “I played well, executed, was going to the right spots. I wish I would have hit a few more things. The wind definitely didn’t help, but it was excellent practice for us quarterbacks and receivers today. I think it was gusting easily at 30 miles an hour today, so some balls sailed. That’s a good learning experience.”
Southwick on 2-minute drive: “The play-calling was good, we executed well. When you do that and you go fast, it puts the defense in a tight spot — and then Geraldo made a nice play on that last touchdown catch.”
Renaud on the defense: “I thought we were pretty physical today. I liked how everyone was running around, trying to make plays — unfortunately, we didn’t win the turnover battle.”
Petersen said none of the players who missed the spring game are in danger of missing fall camp, except for wide receiver D.J. Dean (torn ACL).
Did not play: S Jeremy Ioane, CB Bryan Douglas, LT Charles Leno Jr., DE Sam Ukwuachu, LB Tyler Gray, LB Chris Santini, DE Kharyee Marshall, Dean, TE Gabe Linehan. Ukwuachu did not attend the scrimmage because of a personal matter, Petersen said.
Injured during play: QB Nick Patti, WR Geraldo Boldewijn. Both are expected to be fine, Petersen said.
The attendance was 9,146 — down considerably from recent years, likely because of the windy conditions. The record was set last year at 17,123.
Petersen ran his 3-mile Beat Coach Pete race Saturday morning in 27 minutes, 11 seconds. A thousand racers beat him, producing a $5,000 scholarship donation from the coach.
Here is a photo gallery from the run.