Broncos down Skyhawks, Southwick throws five touchdown passes
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Boise State's loss to Washington evoked more questions than answers. What's with this new offense? Since when do the Broncos lose by 32? Can Kellen come back?
Hold your horses, Bronco nation, and welcome the sacrificial lamb... The University of Tennessee-Martin.
Boise State scored nine touchdowns against its FCS opponent Saturday en route to a 63-14 win. Quarterback Joe Southwick threw a career-high five touchdown passes. Slot receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes caught two of them, after being limited to just two offensive touches in Seattle. Kirby Moore, Matt Miller, and Aaron Burks caught the other three TD tosses.
Jay Ajayi led BSU's rushing attack with 80 yards on 15 carries. He found the end-zone twice. Grant Hedrick replaced Southwick in the third quarter and ran 50 yards for the longest scoring play of his collegiate career.
The Bronco defense also got in on the fun, forcing six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles). Cornerback Bryan Douglas intercepted two Skyhawk passes, returning one for a touchdown.
Head coach Chris Petersen took his team's dominance of Tennessee-Martin in stride.
"It's always a work in progress. We've not arrived, we haven't anything," he said. "It's been two weeks, and we took a step forward. I think we learned a lot of things from the last game we played, and we'll learn a lot of things from this game."
Boise State hosts its first Mountain West opponent, Air Force, on Friday.