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Boise State Football: Positive Signs to Take from Disappointing Week 1 Loss

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 31:  Joe Southwick #16 of the Boise State Broncos throws a first quarter pass while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on August, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2012

Boise State's loss to Michigan State in Week 1 doesn't come without positives. The Broncos have building blocks to take into Week 2's matchup against Miami (Ohio).

The Broncos lost the majority of their starting defense from last season, and Kellen Moore, but they are still a dangerous squad. Chris Petersen is an excellent coach, and he knows how to get the most out of his squad.

Let's take a look at two positives Boise State can take from the loss to the Spartans.


Forcing Turnovers

The Broncos forced Andrew Maxwell into three interceptions on Friday and also forced a fumble against Michigan State.

It's not a major positive, but forcing four turnovers is never something to frown upon.

Boise State's defense doesn't return a lot of talent, and they are young, but they stepped up in East Lansing. Maxwell looked scared at times, and that was a tribute to Boise State's pressure.

Miami won't present a larger challenge in Week 2, and Broncos fans should be encouraged by this facet of their game.


Joe Southwick

Southwick didn't play great, but he could have been much worse. His box score line isn't impressive, but he was up against it.

He didn't throw a touchdown, and he did throw an interception, but Southwick outplayed his counterpart Maxwell. He didn't have a lot of help, and he made the best with what he had.

The Broncos didn't know what to expect from Southwick entering the game. Asking anyone to replace the school's all-time winningest player is a lot, but he did a fair job considering the circumstances.

Look for Southwick to improve as the year moves along. Comparing him to Moore is tough, but he will keep the Broncos competitive for this season.

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