Goodale boots career-long field goal in Boise State victory

ccripe@idahostatesman.comNovember 17, 2013 

LONG FIELD GOAL FROM GOODALE

Junior kicker Dan Goodale made a career-long 47-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Boise State a 31-7 lead.

Goodale's previous long field goal was 39 yards, set earlier this year. That was also his longest career attempt.

"It's not surprising. That's exactly what Dan does in practice. He's got a strong leg," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "… The opportunity presented itself, and he did a great job."

Goodale made a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. Goodale has made 12 straight field goal attempts.

DEMAS, LOFFLER GET CHANCE

Coming out of a bye week, the Broncos gave extended playing time to a couple of young players.

Redshirt freshman tailback Devan Demas got his first extended action of the season late in the first quarter. He carried on three of the first four plays of the drive and gained a total of 28 yards, including a 16-yard run. Demas finished as the Broncos' leading rusher with12 carries and 73 yards).

Petersen said Demas has been impressive on the scout team offense for several weeks, and coaches decided he deserved a chance to show if he could do it in the game.

"He's a different kind of back then some of those other guys are," Petersen said. "He's got a very good burst. He can find a crease. We've been watching him for the last couple weeks and we finally said, 'We need to get him incorporated in the game.' He did a nice job."

Redshirt sophomore safety Taylor Loffler, who has played mostly on special teams this season, played more than usual, too. He intercepted an overthrown pass late in the first quarter and returned it 35 yards - the longest interception return for the Broncos this season - to set up a touchdown.

The Broncos rotated four safeties - Darian Thompson, Jeremy Ioane, Dillon Lukehart and Loffler.

ODHIAMBO RETURNS

Boise State sophomore right tackle Rees Odhiambo started Saturday night. He missed three of the previous four games - and most of the fourth - after sustaining an injury Sept. 28 against Southern Miss.

Linebacker Ben Weaver, the team's leading tackler, missed a game for the first time this season with an ankle injury. Wide receiver Kirby Moore missed his sixth straight game with a foot injury. Moore practiced during the week.

Linebackers Blake Renaud and Tanner Vallejo played in backup roles. Renaud missed the previous three games, and Vallejo was injured during the Nov. 2 game against Colorado State.

Defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe returned from a one-game absence with concussion symptoms to start, and free safety Darian Thompson, who was sidelined late in the game at Colorado State, also started.

Quarterback Joe Southwick, who is recovering from a broken ankle, took shotgun snaps, dropped back and threw passes in sweats during pregame warm-ups while the other quarterbacks were doing drills in uniform. He also threw passes to the wide receivers. Southwick is expected to return in the next two weeks.

SLOW STARTS CONTINUE

Wyoming took a 7-0 lead on a first-quarter touchdown that followed a fumble by Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick. That continued a trend of poor starts by the Broncos.

Boise State's opponent has scored first in seven of 10 games this season. Wyoming was the fourth straight opponent to score first. The previous three games all started out 10-0 in favor of the opponent.

"I always think we're going to start fast. I'm surprised every game. I'm starting to feel comfortable when we turn it over right away because then I know good things are going to happen right after that," Petersen said.

'STAY STRONG BOONE!'

Boise State honored injured Kuna High football player Boone Bartlome between the first and second quarters Saturday night at Bronco Stadium.

Bartlome, a junior wide receiver and defensive back, broke his neck in a state playoff game earlier this month and remains hospitalized. He moved his arms earlier this week during a visit from Petersen.

The pubic address announcer listed off Boone's athletic achievements and pictures of him in a football uniform appeared on the video board.

The final slide read: "Bronco Nation will always stand behind you."

NICE TRY

The Broncos ran a hook-and-lateral for senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr. on the last play of the first quarter. Wide receiver Matt Miller caught a 3-yard pass and flipped to Leno, who was tackled almost immediately.

"We're just trying to get the big fella in the end zone. We couldn't quite get it done," Petersen said. "He did a great job. He had a couple guys on him, bobbling it, tape all over his hands and he still hung on. I was proud of him."

BYE-WEEK SUCCESS

Boise State is 18-0 under Petersen when they have 10 or more days to prepare for a game, not including season openers and bowl games. The Broncos beat Utah State and Wyoming after byes this season.

QUICK HITS

Boise State wore black pants, blue jerseys and black helmets. … Boise State's captains were Goodale, Ioane, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and right guard Marcus Henry. … Cornerback Chaz Anderson, a redshirt freshman, carried the Hammer. … Boise State won the coin toss and deferred.

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