On Friday in Albuquerque, Boise State senior cornerback Jonathan Moxey watched the first two quarters in the strangest of situations.
Moxey missed the first half of the game at New Mexico because of a targeting penalty at the end of Oct. 1’s game against Utah State. NCAA rules state a player must be ejected, and miss the rest of the game if it is in the first half, or the first half of the next game if in the second half.
He watched in the locker room a game being played just a few hundred yards away, his teammates taking on the Lobos. Moxey was completely suited up the whole time.
“I think he had his helmet on, his (chin)strap, we were laughing about it,” sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton said.
The play, which was reviewed, was by even the most Aggie-tinted view incidental as Moxey was going for running back Tonny Lindsey’s legs, but after dropping a pass, Lindsey put his head down into the path of Moxey’s. Coaches said last week nothing else could be done differently.
“No, but it is what it is,” Moxey said. “But that’s the game of football. Things come with it. Nobody intentionally wants to ever get anybody hurt in a game.”
Moxey said he briefly did think about that play when he was back in Friday, but added that “if you’re thinking about getting in trouble for it again, it’ll happen again.” Since he only played two series of the second half, Moxey feels almost like he had a whole game off heading into Saturday’s game against Colorado State at Albertsons Stadium.
“(Defensive coordinator Andy) Avalos was teasing me, saying ‘fresh legs, fresh legs,’” Moxey said. “You could say that, but I was locked in last week with everybody else. Mentally, I was there fully.”
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