Two rules that irk Boise State football coach Chris Petersen

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

Last week’s game against Wyoming highlighted a couple of rules that Boise State football coach Chris Petersen would like to see changed.

For the second time in three games, the Broncos were flagged for targeting — the rule that this year includes an automatic ejection. Those penalties are reviewed by the replay booth. In this case, linebacker Darren Lee’s ejection was overturned. But by rule, the 15-yard penalty stood.

“I think everybody in America agrees that the penalty is ridiculous,” Petersen said. “If it’s not targeting, why do we still have a penalty?

“… We need to keep making progress on keeping guys safe. Hopefully they’ll look at this and what is the best way to keep making progress with safety but also make the rules a little bit to where they make sense to everybody. I don’t know how everything seems to get messed up. A lot of people get involved and things that are simple always don’t come out simple.”

The targeting review was one of several replay reviews in the game, which lasted 3 hours, 17 minutes and ended at 11:38 p.m.

The Broncos’ 10 games this season have averaged 3 hours, 18 minutes. The shortest was 2:58 against Air Force. The longest was 3:40 against Fresno State.

Petersen would prefer a challenge-based replay system like the NFL has to cut down on the number of stoppages. In college, every play is reviewed and the replay booth stops the action if it needs more time. The lack of huddles in today’s game may prompt more stoppages.

“You don’t need to review every single thing,” Petersen said. “We get it — we want to get it right — but it doesn’t need to slow everything down. The game can go faster. It’s long enough with all the TV stuff.”

Boise State’s games averaged 3:06 last year, so the average is up 12 minutes this year.

NOTES & QUOTES

— Petersen on San Diego State, which has won six of seven mostly close games after an 0-3 start: “They figure out a way to win — that you can see loud and clear. These guys are a very hot team. For whatever reason, they didn’t start their season like they wanted to. Since then, they’ve really done a nice job.”

— Boise State’s 21-19 loss to San Diego State last year was largely due to special teams. The Aztecs returned a kickoff for a touchdown and blocked a punt to set up another touchdown. The Broncos botched a swinging-gate two-point conversion because of a bad snap. That forced them to go for two with 5:35 left and they didn’t get it. “We got hammered on special teams and it cost us,” Petersen said.

— Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi says he makes a point of shaking the hand of the opposing tailback after games. “It’s kind of a respect thing,” he said. “I respect what he does. I watch some of his film.”

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GAME FACTS

Boise State at San Diego State

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Qualcomm Stadium (54,000, grass), San Diego

TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner)

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 7-3 overall, 5-1 Mountain West; San Diego State is 6-4, 5-1

Series: Tied 1-1 (last meeting: SDSU 21-19, 2012, in Boise)


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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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