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Boise State survives ugly game over BYU

Chris Petersen AP

Following last season’s Las Vegas Bowl, I opined that what former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore brought to the game of football — his intelligence, mostly — was going to be far more appreciated once he had moved on.

There was perhaps no better example of that loss in this young 2012 season than what happened Thursday night when No. 24 Boise State survived an ugly 7-6 win over BYU. It was bittersweet in a way. On one hand, it was the second time the Broncos have been held without an offensive touchdown this season (the other time being a 17-13 season-opening loss to No. 13 Michigan State). On the other, BSU defensive tackle Michael Atkinson intercepted a Riley Nelson pass and ran it 36 yards for a FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN!!! 

But Boise State’s offense, like BYU’s, was stagnant the entire evening. While each defense deserves credit there, it also goes to show just how much the Broncos lost on offense outside of Moore. Boise won the turnover battle 5-0 and could only convert one into points. There were mistakes all evening. Both teams had eight penalties for nearly identical yardage and neither had much success converting third downs. Boise’s kicking game is still lacking too. Broncos place kicker Michael Frisina missed a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter and never got another chance; Chris Petersen opted for five fourth-down attempts the rest of the game (of which he converted zero).

Incidentally, Boise won tonight’s game because BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall opted for the two-point conversion (which failed) after backup quarterback Taysom Hill ran in from the 4-yard line for a touchdown with under four minutes to play.

It was an overall defensive struggle, but the miscues were glaring. While trying to run down the clock, Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick snapped the ball on a second-and-10 with seven seconds still left on the play clock and completed a pass to Holden Huff, who went out-of-bounds. Boise got the first down on the play, and that about finished the game, but Petersen looked like he was going to lose his mind. Two plays later, Southwick called a timeout.

When the clock hit all zeroes, Petersen unhooked his headset and said one word that was recognizable by lip reading:

“Unbelievable.”

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18 Responses to “Boise State survives ugly game over BYU”
  1. gfj7000 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:03 AM

    Boise State is going ‘nowwhere’ this year. Without Moore – the team has nothing to boast about and nothing to write home to mother about.

  2. gfj7000 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:03 AM

    Boise State is going ‘nowhere’ this year. Without Moore – the team has nothing to boast about and nothing to write home to mother about.

  3. nytitancl says: Sep 21, 2012 1:44 AM

    Isn’t the average age of BYU players 2 years older than other colleges since they all do a two year mission? Wouldn’t that make some of their guys RGIII’s and Tim Tebow’s age?

  4. rsmeans says: Sep 21, 2012 2:07 AM

    Boise is not as good as last year but I am amazed how well they have played this year given all the personnel losses they had. They easily could have been 3-0 this year and I do not see another loss this year. Next to Saban they have the best coach in the country. Next year they will be tough to beat by anyone.

  5. udub says: Sep 21, 2012 2:09 AM

    First, in answer to the above post. Yes, some are 2 years older but not everyone goes on a mission. There are the few non-Mormons and those that go on a mission later. BYU probably has more older than usual players but it’s not like they’re an 85 man deep roster of 25 year olds. Through people going to junior college first, transferring, medical redshirts etc teams often have older than the norm players.

    Second, this game really angered me for some reason. I just can’t peg it. Maybe it’s because I get the feeling there are enough Boise fan boys falling for their underdog story out there that they’re going to stay in the polls, keep rising as they finish off their cake rest of the schedule 11-1 and end up in the BCS even though they lost and barely won their two toughest games without scoring a TD on offense.

  6. wustlumdnj says: Sep 21, 2012 6:44 AM

    Don’t worry udub, a 4 game playoff which will surely leave the Boise’s of the world out every year is coming

  7. mountaineer50415 says: Sep 21, 2012 7:59 AM

    After that game do you really think that Boise St is a top 25 team? If things work out why not think about putting Cincinnati and Rutgers in their place. Also may think about Arizona if they lose this week end. Of course if they win, wow.

  8. normtide says: Sep 21, 2012 8:14 AM

    I have to think that Peterson will get them back next year.

  9. imaduffer says: Sep 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Maybe it is just me but, after about 10 minutes I have to change the channel because the blue screen makes my head spin.

  10. mogogo1 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Personally, if I’m an extra point away from tying the game late and my opponent would rather go for it on 4th down than send his kicker onto the field, I’m playing for OT knowing I’ll have an advantage. Instead, BYU goes for 2 with 4 minutes left? I just don’t follow that thinking.

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    Last night’s game was a very poor showing for both teams’ offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if neither team is ranked in the next poll.

  12. chuckpit says: Sep 21, 2012 11:23 AM

    It’s to bad that Peterson doesn’t call the plays…it’s first year offense Coordinator Robert Prince!
    He obviously likes to call plays (over & over) for Harper to run straight up the middle. So far he is the worst OC we’ve ever had! Come on coach Pete……do something about it.

    Don’t blame Southwick but instead give him, our tight ends and other running backs & receivers a chance to perform as we know they can. Replace Prince!

  13. timh1955 says: Sep 21, 2012 3:25 PM

    Neither team should be ranked in the top 100 as they are both TERRIBLE! There are a lot of high schools that could beat either team. Also, I thought BSU was not suppose to wear the solid blue uniforms when playing on that ugly looking blue turf?

  14. intergalacticbronco says: Sep 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    @timh1955

    Blue on Blue ban is only for conference games. And it’s funny how an ugly, defensive game is considered ‘gritty’, and ‘old-school’ but this game is not. Watching this reminded me of Alabama – LSU last year.

  15. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    @intergalacticbronco
    You didn’t just compared Boise /BYU game to LSU /Alabama did you ?
    That’s just plain crazy!
    That’s like saying that a Pinto is the same a Bugatti, that’s loco of you.

  16. timh1955 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:53 PM

    @intergalacticbronco
    Alabama & LSU????? You have GOT to be kidding! It reminded me of two high school teams playing on Friday in a little stadium with ugly blue turf.

  17. frank booth says: Sep 22, 2012 5:54 AM

    rsmeans says:
    Sep 21, 2012 2:07 AM
    Boise is not as good as last year but I am amazed how well they have played this year given all the personnel losses they had. They easily could have been 3-0 this year and I do not see another loss this year. Next to Saban they have the best coach in the country. Next year they will be tough to beat by anyone.
    ====================================
    I don’t see another loss this year either. They play a crap schedule (75th in the nation by Sagarin).

    Boise State relies on their first game each year to secure a place in the rankings while they go on to their horrid schedule. They lost to a pretty unimpressive Michigan State team.

  18. theotherpatrick says: Sep 23, 2012 10:36 PM

    Nice to see Tim Hammond sucking the the sec teats outside of b/r.

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