Boise State notebook: Southwick 'hurting' but wouldn't let injury stop him

Hedrick briefly relieves him, throws TD pass

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 21, 2013 

— Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick injured his throwing arm in the first half of Friday night’s 41-40 loss at Fresno State. He stayed in the game but received unspecified treatment at halftime.

“I’m hurting. I’ll see what it’s like tomorrow. I wasn’t coming out,” Southwick said.

Southwick was injured on a keeper in the second quarter. He waved off trainers to stay in the game, made a 7-yard throw on the next play and caught a lateral.

Junior backup Grant Hedrick entered after that and stayed for three plays — two handoffs and an 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Troy Ware. It was Hedrick’s first TD pass and Ware’s first catch.

The quarterback change was not because of Southwick’s injury, coach Chris Petersen said.

“We had a package for (Hedrick) and he did a great job with it,” coach Chris Petersen said.

Southwick returned for the next possession and finished the game. He was 31-of-45 — both career highs — for 313 yards with one interception. He also rushed for a career-high 54 yards and a TD.

“I just got slammed onto the ground on that one I kept and it just hurt really bad,” Southwick said. “I finished the half and was able to come in at halftime and get some stuff done. … I was fine in the second half.”

Big night for Baltazar

True freshman tailback Aaron Baltazar replaced starter Jay Ajayi in the second half after Ajayi lost a fumble. Baltazar finished with 18 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs. His first career touchdown came on a 35-yard run.

“Aaron runs hard,” Petersen said. “He’s a good player and he’s going to contiue to get better. We have a lot of good, young players that will continue to get better but we have a lot of work to do if we want to try and do what we want to do, I know that.”

Big moment for Carr family

Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr’s first thought when the Bulldogs clinched their victory was of his brother, David Carr. David was the Bulldogs’ star quarterback in 2001, when the Broncos upset them in the schools’ first conference meeting, and was on hand Friday.

“I remember sitting there watching the sack (of David, ending the 2001 game) happen when I was 10 years old — that is one thing that went through my head,” Derek said. “ ‘Where is my brother? I know he is around and I want to go and hug him.’ I told him that one was for him. Because one of the main reasons I came here was because of that moment. I remember sitting up in the stands, crying because my brother lost his game. It was just a game, but it meant a lot to me. So I went straight to him and told him that was for him."

Fast-paced offenses rack up plays

Boise State ran 100 plays, generating 561 yards and 32 first downs. Fresno State ran 84 plays, generating 522 yards and 27 first downs.

Boise State ran 60 plays in the first half alone.

“I was gassed and I didn’t even run 100 plays,” Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said.

WR Aaron Burks out

Boise State senior wide receiver Aaron Burks didn’t make the trip to Fresno because of an injury. Burks averages 17.7 yards per catch on six receptions. He is “week to week,” Petersen said.

Sophomore tight end Holden Huff missed his second straight game. Senior tight end Gabe Linehan was in uniform but did not play, serving an emergency role. That left two tight ends from the usual rotation — junior Connor Peters and sophomore Jake Hardee.

True freshman wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck played in the game, his first appearance. He had been on a redshirt track.

A man of two numbers

Boise State senior offensive tackle Jake Broyles wore jersey No. 99 but still had his usual No. 76 on his helmet. The jersey switch allowed him to play tight end.

More firsts

Peters and redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver got their first career starts. Peters also made his first official catch, a 22-yarder in the first quarter. His only previous catch was on a two-point conversion last year and that doesn’t count officially.

Also, redshirt freshman Sean Wale was the first punter used for the first time.

Quick hits

Boise State wore blue pants, white jerseys and white helmets. … Boise State brought its band — a rarity for the regular season. The university, athletic department and band paid for the trip. … Boise State’s game captains were left tackle Charles Leno Jr., defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, linebacker Blake Renaud and quarterback Joe Southwick. … Fresno State won the coin toss and deferred. … Carr has thrown a TD pass in 23 straight games, the longest active streak in the FBS, according to ESPN. … Fresno State drew its first sellout crowd since a 2008 game against Wisconsin. … Safety Jeremy Ioane left the game with an injury in the first half. Sophomore Dillon Lukehart replaced him and led the team with nine tackles. … Boise State appeared to get caught with 10 guys on the field three times. The Broncos called timeouts twice. … Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams extended his Mountain West record to 11 straight games with a TD catch.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398; Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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