By the time he left Boise State’s campus Sept. 10, a night in which he had his first career interception against Washington State (and the 85-yard touchdown return that followed), sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton said he had more than 100 text messages.
“After that play, it was just crazy hearing from everybody,” Horton said. “I just let them know, that was just one, now it’s time to go out there and make some more.
“I couldn’t even reply to everyone. I was trying to.”
Horton has started both games for the Broncos this season, making seven tackles.
“It’s been going great ... being on a team like this makes it easy,” Horton said.
When Boise State faces Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, it will be a familiar environment for two assistants. Tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Kent Riddle played quarterback for the Beavers from 1987-90, and receivers coach Junior Adams played receiver from 1998-2000.
“They’re doing a little bit better than when I was there,” Riddle said with a smile.
Oregon State won 11 games in the four seasons he played, but has made 11 bowl games since 1999 after a 35-year drought.
Adams was part of that rebirth, playing on the Beavers’ great 2000 team that won the Fiesta Bowl and went 11-1. He was part of a receiving corps that produced Pro Bowlers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
“That was a special time,” Adams said. “... I was able to learn a lot from those two guys.”
Senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck has 13 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns, plus has thrown for another. Though defenses have keyed in on him this season, he’s still found ways to get open.
“Our offensive coaches do a great job in scheming it up to the point where they know the defense’s weaknesses and kind of the soft areas in their zones, and that’s kind of what we attack,” Sperbeck said.
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