Video recap of Boise State-Washington football game

Boise State-Washington highlights and interview clips

Boise State-Washington recap

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Brian Murphy and I are trying something new after games this year — a quick video recap/breakdown of what happened. Last night’s video is above.

Also, the day after every game I will post a video of highlight and interview clips. Today’s is above. It should be done earlier in the future — had some technical issues today.

The polls don’t come out until Tuesday this week.


We talked to defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski last night but didn’t get his comments in the paper.

— “I’m sure we had too many alignment errors that were busts. I think it comes down to tackling and getting off blocks, a lot of the plays seemed like we had guys in position, but didn’t finish the play. The guys on the other side of the field were good players. We’ve got to get better at tackling, leveraging the ball, getting off blocks.”

— On the cornerbacks: “Probably on one of (the TDs), (Donte Deayon) got ducked in on a slant and go. He knows he should stay in on that, let the slant go to the safety. We’ll work on that, work on getting better. The guys battled, they competed.”

— On defending the spread: “I don’t have a real good answer yet, but one thing I do know is that we’ve got to do a better job in the front seven of getting off of blocks and finishing plays. The guys competed, they played their tails off. I’m proud of them for that, but we’ve just got to get better at the fundamentals of each position.”

— On any positives: “They played hard. They didn’t quit. They kept competing — we didn’t play like we want to play.”

Some notes on the defensive performance:

— Points allowed (38) was most since the 2007 Hawaii Bowl loss to East Carolina.

— Yards allowed (592) was most since the 2007, four-overtime game against Nevada (639).

— First downs allowed (33) was the most since the 2007 game at Hawaii. (That’s a lot of 2007s — the last Boise State team to finish unranked.)

— The Broncos allowed a 300-yard passer (Keith Price, 324), a 100-yard receiver (Jaydon Mickens, 109) and a 100-yard rusher (Bishop Sankey, 161).

— Washington was 11-of-15 on third down (73.3 percent). Boise State ranked 80th in the nation last year, allowing 42 percent conversions. The worst defense, Kentucky, allowed 52.3 percent.


Quarterback Joe Southwick’s efficiency rating last night was 89.42 (it was 87.73 in last year’s opener at Michigan State). The biggest problem against Washington: 152 yards on 40 attempts. That’s 3.8 yards per attempt. The lowest-rated quarterback in the country last year averaged 5.6 yards per attempt.

The Broncos’ longest pass play covered 16 yards. They tried to throw deep a few times and Southwick missed an open wide receiver Aaron Burks on one of them. A couple other times, the receivers weren’t able to gain separation.

“We had nothing going in the pass game,” coach Chris Petersen said. “… We missed a couple opportunities. They did a nice job of canceling our receivers out. We have to be able to get off press coverage. We didn’t get up the field fast enough and when we did, we didn’t hit it. It’s a good football team we just played without question, but I know we can play better than we did. I know we have to get a lot better and we will.”

Said Washington coach Steve Sarkisian: “One of the most impressive things from our defense was we kept the ball in front of us.”

The Broncos’ no-huddle attack produced drives of 13, 13, 18 and 12 plays without scoring a touchdown because it couldn’t hit big plays.

“If you’re on the field at that pace, 13 plays, it’s hard to slug it out all the way down there,” Southwick said.



In-game blog: Includes live chat replay and press conference videos
Game story: The Broncos’ worst loss since 2005 at Georgia
Murphy column: Broncos went too far with offensive changes
Sidebar: Athletic director Mark Coyle on home opener, ticket sales
Extra Points blog: What former Broncos were saying on Twitter

Boise State coach Chris Petersen

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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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