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Boise State offense not up to snuff in spring game

Kellen Moore

Boise State’s spring game may not typically gain the recognition of other scrimmages like Alabama, Michigan or LSU, but considering that the Broncos were the most polarizing team of 2010, coupled with the losses of two top receivers in Austin Pettis and Titus Young to the NFL Draft and move to the Mountain West Conference, it would be reasonable to assert that they were a team to watch  this spring.

But actually watching the spring game itself turned out to be another story, as Boise’s defense ruled the 21-13 final. Quarterback and Heisman finalist Kellen Moore finished 5-of-14 for 50 yards in three series — almost statistically identical to Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (who finished 5-0f-14 for 68 yards in Michigan’s scrimmage).

Moore’s backup, Joe Southwick, didn’t fare much better — 7-of-17 for 120 yards. The ground game was non-existent.

As for finding a capable replacement for Young or Pettis, receiver Geraldo Hiwat had five catches for 97 yards, including a long of 49 yards. The rest of the team had 180 total yards of offense.

“It’s probably good and impressive that our defense finishes on a high note,” coach Chris Petersen said. “When you’re going against yourself, I think your defense should probably have the upper hand.”

Be that as it may, Boise State’s offense is going to have to find capable replacements, and some rhythm, if they’re going to continue their tradition of winning big games against BCS competition. The Broncos open up the 2011 season in Atlanta against Georgia. 

(Thank you: Idaho Statesman)
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7 Responses to “Boise State offense not up to snuff in spring game”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Apr 17, 2011 6:30 PM

    Maybe it’s because Harsin is at Texas replacing Greg Davis as OC. Boise’s loss, Texas HUGE gain.

  2. Joe Bodolai says: Apr 17, 2011 9:48 PM

    I know it must hurt for Boise fans to think about the Nevada game, but not as much as it probably does for Kyle Brotzman. As tough as that loss was for you, and as much as I was criticized by Boise fans for talking about some of what I felt your program lacked at that time, you have it now. It may not be pretty, but you have a “signature loss”. Your program has grown up. There was pain. It’s going to make the winning all the better when it comes. It will, but when? Let me know what you think of this now:

    http://wp.me/pKBYM-ok

  3. centexhorn says: Apr 18, 2011 9:29 AM

    I feel kinda bad for them. Bryan Harsin’s offense was so important to their success. It’s so big and complex that I have a hard time seeing how anyone could possibly replace him. I couldn’t even tell you who they hired for the job.

    I just hope it works as well at Texas as it did at Boise.

  4. edgy says: Apr 18, 2011 10:21 AM

    thefiesty1 says:

    Maybe it’s because Harsin is

    ***************

    Or it could be the loss of some pretty good receivers. Whether they make it outside of Boise, they were still very instrumental and I’m not surprised to see them struggle now while they’re trying to find replacements.

  5. olskool711 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:26 AM

    Spring game?

    Spring game?

    Are we talking about Spring Game?

  6. burntorangehorn says: Apr 18, 2011 12:41 PM

    It’s questionable how big of a gain Harsin is to Texas. No one even knows how much of a role he played in the success of the BSU offense, especially considering that unit’s success when Whittingham was the OC. And let’s not forget Greg Davis’ amazing accomplishments, producing almost every one of UT’s top ten offenses in school history, one Heisman winner, and three (including McCoy twice) other Heisman finalists.

  7. olskool711 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:05 PM

    Joe whatever,

    There are boards where inferior minds can troll all day and people may actually read their stuff.

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