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FINAL: Boise State 63, UT Martin 14

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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 10:46 am

BOISE - The Boise State Broncos defeated the UT Martin Skyhawks 63-14 Saturday afternoon at Bronco Stadium.

Audio from coach Chris Petersen's postgame press conference can be found here.

Interviews with other players, including quarterback Joe Southwick, can be found on the left side of the page. 

A scoring summary is below. Read tomorrow's Idaho Press-Tribune for much more coverage from tonight's Boise State victory.

UT Martin touchdown makes it 63-14

The University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks went 16 plays on a Boise State defense filled almost entirely with backups and scored on a four-yard run by D.J. McNeil to cut the Broncos lead to 63-14 early in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos have been playing most of the second half with backups on both offense and defense.

Hedrick enters, scampers for 50-yard touchdown run

Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick's 50-yard touchdown run has put the Boise State Broncos up 63-7 midway through the third quarter.

Bryan Douglas, who returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the gas, recorded his second interception of the day to set up the Hedrick scamper.

Southwick's fifth TD pass puts Broncos up 56-7

Joe Southwick's fifth passing touchdown of the game has given the Boise State Broncos a 56-7 lead early in the third quarter.

Southwick found a wide open Shane Williams-Rhodes for a 30-yard strike on fourth down to put the Broncos in the end zone on their first possession of the second half.

Williams-Rhodes has six catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns after barely seeing the field as a wide receiver in the season opener last week.

Broncos lead 49-7 at half

After a week of heavy criticism directed at an offense that couldn't score a touchdown against Washington in 38-6 loss in week one, the Boise State Broncos erupted for 49 points in the first half and lead UT Martin 49-7 at the half.

Quarterback Joe Southwick had a career-high four touchdown passes in the first half for the Broncos, who had five touchdown drives of less than 2:30.

Southwick was 14-for-20 for 180 yards in the first half to go along with his four touchdowns. Four different wide receivers - Matt Miller, Shane Williams-Rhodes, Kirby Moore and Aaron Burks - have touchdown catches for the Broncos.

Running back Jay Ajayi had 10 rushes for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. 

The defense got into the scoring act as well when Bryan Douglas intercepted a pass and took it 33 yards down the Boise State sideline untouched for a touchdown.

UT Martin tied the score 7-7 midway through the first quarter before the Broncos finished the half with 42 unanswered points.

Williams-Rhodes makes it 49-7 with 15-yard touchdown reception

They promised more of Shane Williams-Rhodes. A week late, we're starting to get it.

The speedy Williams-Rhodes scored a 15-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen on a short pass from quarterback Joe Southwick to put the Broncos up 49-7 late in the second quarter.

Williams-Rhodes has already been used in a variety of ways, taking both handoffs and pitches on wide receiver sweeps, that were absent in last week's season-opening 38-6 loss to Washington.

Douglas' pick-six puts Broncos up 42-7

A 33-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bryan Douglas has given the Boise State Broncos a 42-7 lead with 5:03 remaining in the second quarter.

Douglas intercepted a tipped pass and sprinted untouched down the Boise State sideline to continue what's been a dominating effort on both sides of the ball by the Broncos.

Boise State goes up 35-7 on Kirby Moore touchdown reception

A five-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick to Kirby Moore has put the Boise State Broncos up 35-7 with 5:17 left in the second quarter.

The drive covered 59 yards in eight plays and took 2:29. It was Boise State's fourth touchdown drive of less than 2:30 in the first half.

Ajayi's second touchdown puts Boise State up 28-7

An 11-yard touchdown run from Jay Ajayi has put the Boise State Broncos up 28-7 with 10:27 to go in the second quarter. 

The six-play drive covered 63 yards and took 1:53 off the clock. It's the Broncos' third touchdown drive of under two minutes in the first half.

Broncos go up 21-7 early in second quarter

Now this is more like it.

The Boise State Broncos have scored two straight touchdowns on drives lasting less than two minutes to take a 21-7 lead over UT Martin early in the second quarter.

The most recent score was a five-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick to Matt Miller. The six-play, 43-yard drive in 1:35 came after the Broncos recovered an onside kick following their previous touchdown.

Boise State goes up 14-7 on 54-yard touchdown pass 

A 54-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick to Aaron Burks has put the Boise State Broncos up 14-7 late in the first quarter.

The Broncos needed just four plays to cover 66 yards in 1:29. 

Skyhawks tie it up 7-7

The University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks answered the Boise State touchdown drive with one of their own, tying the game 7-7 on an 11-yard TD pass from quarterback Dylan Favre to Trent Garland with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.

The impressive Skyhawks drive covered 75 yards over 13 plays and took 5:16 off the clock. 

Ajayi's 11-yard touchdown run puts Broncos up 7-0

The Boise State Broncos have reached the end zone.

Jay Ajayi's 11-yard touchdown run with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter capped a 70-yard, nine-play drive to put the Broncos up 7-0. The drive took 1:59 off the clock.

It's the Broncos first touchdown of the season after getting two field goals in a 38-6 loss to Washington in the season opener.

Boise State had two previous possessions in the game but quarterback Joe Southwick lost a fumble on the opening series and the Broncos had to punt on the second possession after Geraldo Boldewijn dropped a pass that would have been for a first down.

Boise State suspends defensive end Demarcus Lawrence  

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence has been suspended for today's game against the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks.

No reason was given for the suspension.

Lawrence, a first-team All-Mountain West performer, served a pair of one-game suspensions last season. 

Broncos look to rebound from Washington loss

The Broncos will look to rebound from last week's season-opening 38-6 loss to Washington when they host the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks in the home opener at Bronco Stadium today at 1 p.m.

Boise State will debut a new HD video board and new sound system this afternoon, although it's not 100 percent complete. Both the scoreboard and sound system are fully functional but high winds during the week prevented construction workers from completing the blue mesh trim around the edges.

The Broncos will look to get back on track offensively after failing to score a touchdown against Washington. Much has been made about the new no-huddle, pistol offense that the Broncos  switched to this season, and offensive coordinator Robert Prince believes they made improvements during the week.

The Boise State defense also struggled against the Huskies, allowing 592 yards, 38 points and 33 first downs. They will face a rushing attack from UT Martin that rushed for 289 yards in a 31-21 win over previously-ranked FCS foe Chattanooga in week one. 

We'll have plenty more here in the blog as we approach 1 p.m. Check back during the game as well for live scoring updates.  

Here's a look at our stories from the week to get you ready for kickoff...

Game preview: Broncos look to avoid another FCS upset

Boise State defense looks to make improvements

A look at Boise State's new Pistol offense

Bronco defense to face another ground test Saturday

Boise State looks to clean up the little things from Washington loss

Bronco Football Notebook: New video board to be ready Saturday

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2 comments:

  • Trebuchet posted at 9:35 pm on Sat, Sep 7, 2013.

    Trebuchet Posts: 408

    This win is just what all the BSU fans expected. It may give them some much needed momentum going forward with the season.

     
  • clovet posted at 5:38 pm on Sat, Sep 7, 2013.

    clovet Posts: 1

    The cure to the Broncos anemic office just might be playing more high school teams like UT Martin. Eagle High anyone?

     
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