FIVE BRONCOS OUT FOR GAME
Four Boise State players weren’t available against Washington. The school didn’t provide a reason.
The four: offensive lineman Travis Averill, a starter last year; wide receiver Rick Smith, the Arizona State transfer who was injured in a locker room incident earlier this year; wide receiver D.J. Dean, a backup; and cornerback Raymond Ford, a backup.
Also, redshirt freshman tight end Chase Blakley tore an Achilles tendon in practice this week.
BROWNING GETS START FOR UW
Washington selected true freshman Jake Browning as its starting quarterback, announced on the team radio broadcast about a half-hour before kickoff.
Browning, who joined the team in January, set or tied national high school records for TD passes in a season (91) and career (229).
He has been compared to former Boise State great Kellen Moore, whose knowledge of the game before he moved to campus and interest in meetings as soon as he arrived set him apart.
“Jake has been a lot like that,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said in April.
THOMPSON STRIKES AGAIN
Boise State senior safety Darian Thompson recorded his 15th career interception in the second quarter. He is tied for fourth in school history. Since the Broncos joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996, only cornerback Gabe Franklin has more picks (18, 2001-04).
RED ZONE STREAK ENDS
Boise State scored touchdowns on its first two red-zone possessions of the season, extending its streak from last year to 49 straight possessions with points, including 40 touchdowns. But the streak ended in the second quarter when tailback Jeremy McNichols was stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Washington 15-yard line.
TWO NOSE TACKLES START
Boise State started senior nose tackles Armand Nance and Justin Taimatuia. They had been competing for a starting job. Tackle Tutulupeatau Mataele was the odd man out. It was unclear if he was available to play.
NOT QUITE A RECORD
The sellout crowd was announced at 36,836 — 28 people short of the stadium record set for the 2012 game against BYU.
Boise State wore all blue. Washington wore all white. ... ESPN pushed kickoff back five minutes to 8:26 p.m. ... Boise State’s game captains were cornerback Donte Deayon and defensive end Tyler Horn. ... Linebacker Darren Lee carried the Hammer. ... Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady served as the honorary captain. ... Washington won the coin toss and deferred. ... True freshman cornerback Tyler Horton and true freshman wide receiver Akilian Butler played. ... Sophomore Tommy Stuart and true freshman Brett Rypien took snaps with the second team during warmups. The Broncos haven’t named a backup quarterback.