Boise State defense shuts down - and shuts out - offense in fall scrimmage

ccripe@idahostatesman.comAugust 19, 2013 

The Boise State football team's first-team offense produced a nearly flawless dress rehearsal Sunday night at Bronco Stadium.

Then senior safety Ebo Makinde spoiled it.

Makinde batted starting quarterback Joe Southwick's pass to wide receiver Kirby Moore into the air in the end zone and caught the deflection for an interception.

"Ebo made a great play," said Southwick, who has three interceptions in fall camp. "I thought we had something. Kirby came back and said, 'Where'd he come from?' I thought we had a touchdown."

Makinde identified the play from practice and knew Southwick was likely to throw a seam route to Moore. He came across the end zone to bat the ball.

"I thought, 'If he throws a seam route, I'm going to try to get there,' " Makinde said.

Makinde's play helped the defense win the scrimmage 18-0 - earning points for turnovers, sacks, fourth-down stops and three-and-outs. Southwick only played one series.

The Broncos practiced for about an hour and a half and scrimmaged for about 45 minutes.

"We've got a lot of work to do," coach Chris Petersen said. "It always comes down to little details. I thought at times our offense looked really, really good and ended up with no points in the scrimmage. We've got to get that cleaned up."

Southwick also led a "clutch" drive before the scrimmage. The offense got the ball on its own 30-yard line with 1 minute, 15 seconds left and one timeout, needing a field goal.

Southwick hit wide receiver Aaron Burks for 43 yards on the first play. He was 4-for-5 on the drive, which ended with a 22-yard field goal by junior kicker Dan Goodale.

"That's some good confidence for us going into the season opener," Moore said.

NOTES: Defensive end Sam McCaskill and tight end Holden Huff were among the players who weren't in uniform. Their injuries aren't long-term. ... Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes has a cast on his left arm. He fielded punts and kickoffs but didn't catch passes. Petersen said that isn't a concern. … Others who didn't appear to scrimmage, but were in uniform, included defensive end Tyler Horn, defensive end Kharyee Marshall, linebacker Blake Renaud and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn. … Goodale was 9-for-9 on field goals. Sophomore Tyler Rausa was 6-for-8. … Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Santini made a team-high eight tackles. … The attendance was 7,410.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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