The Boise State Broncos gave fans a glimpse of what to expect from the program in 2013 on Saturday. The annual Blue vs. Orange game was entertaining and showed off the good aspects of the team, as well as some of the areas in need of improvement.
The game features a different scoring format because they don't break the squad into two teams. Instead, it's offense vs. defense.
Here's how each side can tally points:
Score format, per BJ Rains of Idaho Press:
Instead of breaking into two teams, they will play offense vs. defense.
The game will consist of four eight-minute quarters. The offense will get the traditional six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal and one point for a PAT. The defense will get six points for a touchdown, three points for a turnover or fourth down stop, two points for a sack and one point for limiting the offense to a field when they are inside the red zone.
Rains also gave us the list of players who didn't dress for Saturday's action:
- Linebacker Tyler Gray
- Nickelback Chris Santini
- Defensive end Kharyee Marshall
- Safety Jeremy Loane
- Tight end Gabe Linehan,
- Offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr
- Cornerback Brian Douglas
The Broncos fans turned out pretty well for the practice session. Per the program's official Twitter account, over 9,000 fans were in attendance.
John Garretson of Arbiteronline.com and Blue Turf tweeted the first score of the game. It came from an interception by Tyler Horn. The defense took the early lead as it looked good most of the first half.
Standout running back Jay Ajayi scored on an 18-yard TD run to make the score 6-3 at the beginning of the second quarter. The extra point made the score 7-3.
After two sacks, the defense was able to even the score at seven. Beau Martin and Demarcus Lawrence did the honors.
Just before the half, Joe Southwick showed why Broncos fans should be excited about the 2013 season. He led a nice drive that culminated with a 25-yard TD pass to Geraldo Boldewijn with just 10 seconds left.
After being seemingly outplayed most of the half, the offense went into the half up 14-7.
In the second half, the offense continued to roll. Jack Hardee's 21-yard TD catch from Grant Hedrick made it 21-7 for the offense.
The defense would continue to make plays, though. Donte Deayon picked off a pass and took it in for a 30-yard interception return for a TD. This true freshman really stood out on Saturday.
The score and turnover brought the score to 21-16.
Deuce Mataele forced a fumble and recovered the ball for three more points to bring the score to 21-19. The Broncos can't be happy with their ball security at this point. With this scoring format, the offense has an advantage if it simply takes care of the ball.
The offense was able to hold onto the ball the rest of the way. It even added a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jimmy Laughrea to win, 28-19.
It is hard to tell whether head coach Chris Petersen should be happier about his defense's playmaking ability, or sad about his offensive mishaps.
Pass Rush: B
In the first half, the Broncos came up with two sacks from Martin and Lawrence. The two junior defensive ends will be counted on to generate a pass rush this season. The Broncos defensive line was young in 2012.
Now as both are upperclassmen, much will be expected of them. No sacks in the second half kept this from being an A.
Southwick, Hedrick and Laughrea were held down most of the first half, but they showed their explosiveness as well.
This team will be better this year offensively than it was last year. Southwick's maturity will be key in that.
Also, Broncos fans should be excited about Laughrea. He could be a star in 2014.
Running Game: A
Jay Ajayi had a nice first half. The sophomore is going to have a really nice year with D.J. Harper moving on.
He had 69 yards rushing in the first two quarters. The running game looks to be in good shape.
Despite being burned on a couple of intermediate length TD passes, the unit still made some plays. Deayon's pick-six was the highlight of a decent day.
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