Southwick's record-breaking night adds to legend of moustache mojo
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Was Joe Southwick's performance against Air Force the most efficient display of quarterback play in Boise State history?
Statistically speaking, it was.
Not Ryan Dinwiddie, nor Jared Zabransky, not even the Kellen Moore could accomplish what Southwick managed Friday night. Joe was 27 for 29 against the Falcons, recording a completion percentage of 93.1%, smashing Zabransky's 21-23 record-showing from 2006.
Southwick threw for 287 yards, ran for 53, and accounted for two touchdowns. His execution of the Broncos' new modified spread offense led Coach Petersen to say he may trust Joe with more option plays down the road.
"Joe is a good player, Joe is an excellent player," said Petersen. "He's as smart as any quarterback we've had since I've been here."
Petersen was especially proud of the way Southwick moved the chains with his feet. "He was in a good groove. He took off and didn't hesitate to run and he got some really big yards."
Jay Ajayi also tore up some turf, setting career highs with 125 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Thanks to ESPN's cameras, he may be best remembered for drinking pickle juice, but Jay and Coach Pete spent more time thinking about Ajayi's pair of fumbles that nearly got him benched.
"It was a great night. At the same time though, those fumbles were unacceptable," said Ajayi. "It was a learning experience."
"I'll say this, if he does it again, we've got a bunch of other backs and he won't come back. You've got to hang on to that football, that's game-changing," replied Petersen.