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 Goodales return to the starting lineup didnt 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 Washingtons 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.
Each quarterback threw an interception in the first 2 minutes of the game. Boise State sophomore cornerback Donte Deayon made a leaping interception on Washingtons second play of the game. Washington safety Sean Parker answered, moving across the field to grab Joe Southwicks underthrown pass down the sideline.
PAC-12 TO BSU: THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said he is aware of Boise States 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. Ive 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 theyre 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. Theyve got high aspirations. Thats 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 States 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 dont act like its 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 years MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, would be a player to watch Saturday evening.
Hes a man. He looks the part. I think last years troubles are behind him, Davis said, referencing Lawrences 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.
Boise State wore all-white uniforms, including helmets. Before the game, Washington honored the construction workers who rebuilt Husky Stadium. Boise States 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.