Boise State vs. Fresno State: Pregame preview
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If Boise State is going to continue its seven-game winning streak over Fresno State, the Broncos have to limit Bulldog's quarterback Derek Carr. The senior signal caller has thrown for 661 yards and eight touchdowns in two games. He tossed 37 TD passes last year.
"I'm definitely a different player this year than I have been the last two years," said Carr. "Turning on the film from last year makes me sick when I look at myself."
Friday's game will be Derek's third attempt at beating BSU as a starter. "I have played against their players. I know how they move, I know what kind of stuff they do," explained Carr. "I know who likes to talk trash," he added.
"He’s been playing for a long time. I cannot believe he’s still there," laughed Broncos head coach Chris Petersen. "He can just… you know, he can throw. He’s got really good arm talent, the ball gets out quickly, and then you couple that with really good receivers, and that’s a good group."
Fresno State's receiving corps is led by sophomore Davante Adams, who has already caught 19 passes and three touchdown passes in 2013.
"He’s an NFL player without question. He needs to leave tomorrow to go to the NFL," said Petersen with a laugh.
Boise State may attempt to limit that unit’s effectiveness by fielding extra defensive backs. "We’re playing ten," joked Petersen. "We’re leaving Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe in the middle and playing ten corners."
Fresno State's defensive backs watched Boise State's game against Air Force together last Friday. "We weren’t really trying to sit there and pick too much on it, but we just saw some of the players and how they play," explained defensive back Derron Smith.
"(Joe) Southwick has done a great job all season of being efficient and being productive with that offense. They were hitting a lot of quick passes, so we’ve got to get our corners up a little closer and try to stop that," added Smith.
Coach Petersen said the Bulldogs' defense has improved since last year. "I think their defense is really good. I think it’s a typical case of an offense getting a lot of headlines because they are good, but think their defense is improved."
Bulldogs' head coach Tim DeRuyter praised the development he’s seen in Joe Southwick, and said slowing down the Bronco offense will be difficult.
"The last two weeks they were very explosive. They didn’t punt last week. We’re trying to figure out if their punter is any good but he didn’t play. I think that’s a pretty good indication that their offense is doing alright," laughed DeRuyter.
"This game (will be) very similar to our first game," said Petersen. "They’re going to make you earn things. We’re not going to have guys wide open."
"There’s no question they’ll have to have improved a great deal from game one to where we are now for us to hang in there," he added.