Southern Miss-fire; Broncos blow out Golden Eagles
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Boise State blew out Southern Mississippi 60-7 Saturday night. Seven different players crossed the goal line, and BSU was able to get its back-ups(and the back-ups back-ups) plenty of playing time.
Joe Southwick turned in a stellar 19-23, 3 touchdown performance. Grant Hedrick was 3-3 with a rushing TD in relief. The Broncos doled out carries to eight different players, including Jack Fields and Charles Bertoli, who each scored their first career touchdown last night.
"We seem to have these extreme games," said Broncos coach Chris Petersen. "It's either really tight or not tight on both sides, but we're proud of the guys. They worked hard, and it's not easy to come off a hard loss like that."
The only Bronco to find the end zone more than once was Shane Williams-Rhodes. He rushed twice and hauled in nine passes, accounting for 80 total yards and two touchdowns, one of which was scored courtesy a spectacular diving catch.
"I think he was the only guy on the team that could've caught that thing. It was low and away," laughed Petersen. "That's the guy that you want when it's low and away."
"That dude is electric. A playmaker. The dude can play some football," said Southwick.
Coach Petersen seemed even more impressed by his team's defense. Ben Weaver, Darren Lee, and Armand Nance made seven tackles apiece, but defensive end Demarcus Lawrence stole the show. He filled the stat sheet with five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and two blocked field goals.
"He really fires up the team. The whole team, the offense, the defense, special teams when he makes plays like that," said Nance.
Boise State's 53-point victory is even more impressive considering how banged up the Broncos are. Kirby Moore, Gabe Linehan, Holden Huff, Aaron Burks, and Tyler Horn all missed the game with injuries. Starting runningback Aaron Balatazar left after taking just four carries. Coach Petersen said he was dinged up; A seemingly team-wide trend that he hopes will be remedied in the bye week.
"It goes like that, and nobody cares about your injuries except for me and the coaching staff," explained Petersen. "But some young guys did a good job stepping up."