Demarcus Lawrence had a career game before halftime in Boise States 60-7 win over Southern Miss at Bronco Stadium.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior defensive end had five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two blocked field goal in the first 25 minutes. He became the first Bronco to block two kicks since Daryn Colledge did so Oct. 1, 2005, when he blocked a field goal and a PAT.
Demarcus is very good at that, coach Chris Petersen said.
Lawrence sacked Southern Miss quarterback Allan Bridgford on the Golden Eagles fourth play, forcing a fumble and nearly recovering it. Southern Miss settled for a field goal on the drive, a Corey Acosta 47-yard attempt, which Lawrence then blocked 4 minutes, 27 seconds into the game.
Acosta next attempted a 38-yarder with less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter, and again, his kick was swatted by Lawrence. Donte Deayon picked it up for a 40-yard return to the Southern Miss 27-yard line. Four plays later, Boise State had a 24-7 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick to Shane Williams-Rhodes.
He really fires up the whole team, offense, defense, special teams, when he makes plays like that, defensive tackle Armand Nance said. He pushes me to make plays like he does, hes definitely a great asset to the team.
Lawrence and the Boise State defense bounced back after a 41-40 loss last Friday against Fresno State, allowing a season-low seven points. He came into Saturdays game with only one sack in three games played (he was suspended for Sept. 7s game against UT Martin) after leading the team with 9.5 sacks in 2012. His 24 tackles this season are second on the team.
Even when he doesnt register the sack, or the tackle, or the block, Lawrence can alter plays.
In the second quarter, his pressure on Bridgford forced an off-target pass that safety Darian Thompson intercepted at the Broncos 10-yard line.
Last year, the same thing happened (in a game), he got the pressure and he threw me the ball he's a great player and he makes tremendous plays, Thompson said.