Boise State notebook from Husky Stadium

Idaho StatesmanSeptember 1, 2013 

SHORT WAIT FOR FRESHMEN

True freshman running back Aaron Baltazar was the second Bronco to get a carry in the game. He handled the ball on back-to-back plays in the first quarter and gained 6 and 4 yards.

Other true freshmen who played: linebacker Darren Lee, stud end Gabe Perez, stud end Kamalei Correa and cornerback Jonathan Moxey.

THREE BRONCOS LEFT HOME

Three Boise State backups did not make the trip because of team-rules violations — redshirt freshman linebacker Andrew Pint, junior tight end Connor Peters and junior tailback Derrick Thomas.

GOODALE STARTS WITH BLOCK

Boise State junior kicker Dan Goodale’s return to the starting lineup didn’t get off to a great start. His first attempt since the 2011 miss against TCU was blocked. The 34-yard kick came out low, but Washington’s Danny Shelton also got through the protection.

Goodale responded in the second quarter by making a 37-yard field goal — the longest field goal for the Broncos since Nov. 19, 2010.

TRADING PICKS

Each quarterback threw an interception in the first 2 minutes of the game. Boise State sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon made a leaping interception on Washington’s second play of the game. Washington safety Sean Parker answered, moving across the field to grab Joe Southwick’s underthrown pass down the sideline.

PAC-12 TO BSU: THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said he is aware of Boise State’s interest in joining the conference, but the league is not looking for additional members.

“I hear from President (Bob) Kustra and (Athletic Director) Mark Coyle from time to time. I appreciate their interest. I’ve tried to make it clear that we have no intention of expanding for the foreseeable future,” Scott said at halftime. “We expect to stay at 12. But they’re very good to stay in touch with me.”

Scott said Boise State officials have not asked for his advice in moving to the Pac-12. “They’ve got high aspirations. That’s great. They have great athletic programs. I know they are improving their academics all the time.’’

FOX ANALYST: BSU ‘ONE OF THE GREATEST SUCCESS STORIES’

Charles Davis provided color commentary for Fox Sports 1. Davis also called Boise State’s 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory against Oklahoma.

He said the Broncos’ sustained success is “one of the greatest stories in college football.”

“In this day and age, we have a guy (Petersen) that says this amount of money is fine with me. I like it here. Guys graduated, yet they still have the same type of success and don’t act like it’s a surprise,” Davis said Friday.

“Now the surprise would be if Coach Petersen does leave. Or if they fell off the pace or if Coach Pete took off on his own volition.”

That success — Petersen entered the game 84-8 in seven seasons — has elevated the program to a unique place among non-BCS programs. Boise State is No. 19 in both major preseason polls.

Davis said Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who did not play in the Broncos’ 28-26 victory against Washington in last year’s MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, would be a player to watch Saturday evening.

“He’s a man. He looks the part. I think last year’s troubles are behind him,” Davis said, referencing Lawrence’s two one-game suspensions. “He understands his purpose now and gets it. … I like him. To me, he looks the part of any defensive end in any conference.”

QUICK HITS

Boise State wore all-white uniforms, including helmets. … Before the game, Washington honored the construction workers who rebuilt Husky Stadium. … Boise State’s single-game captains were Southwick , defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, safety Jeremy Ioane and center Matt Paradis. … Linebacker Blake Renaud led the team onto the field with the Hammer. … Senior Trevor Harman started as the punter. He was listed as co-starter with redshirt freshman Sean Wale. … Strong-side linebacker Jonathan Brown left the game with an injury in the second quarter.

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