SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Boise State football team’s “get it to him” guy didn’t get the ball in the Broncos’ last game, which featured a sluggish offensive performance in the Mountain West championship game.
Junior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes had made at least two catches in 23 consecutive games. He also often gets the ball in the run game.
His only touch Dec. 6 against Fresno State, though, was nullified by a penalty. He took a screen pass 29 yards for a touchdown. A holding penalty on fellow wide receiver Chaz Anderson removed that play from the stats.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said Fresno State’s defense took away the underneath passing game that is Williams-Rhodes’ specialty. The Broncos also ran just 49 plays.
“We’ve got to get our guys touches — that’s on me not getting him a touch,” Sanford said Saturday at a Fiesta Bowl media availability.
Sanford wasn’t happy with the overall offensive performance in that game. The Broncos were limited to 304 offensive yards and didn’t score after taking a 28-0 lead early in the second half.
Sanford saved his “silver bullets” and called a “boring, conservative” game, he said.
“It was pretty awful,” Sanford said.
Williams-Rhodes still leads the team with 68 catches and seven touchdown receptions. He ranks second with 585 receiving yards.
He missed last year’s bowl game with an ankle injury. He’s been a little banged up this season, too, but says he’s feeling well going into the Fiesta Bowl.
“I feel like I took a lot more hits last year because I think I got the ball a little more,” he said.
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