Boise State's quarterbacks were tied for 3rd in the nation last year for the most interceptions thrown (19) so improving that performance is Job 1 for Head Coach Chris Petersen. Tonight, the four Bronco quarterbacks did well in scrimmage, completing 30 of 49 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Of course, practice is one thing; game situations are another.
Junior Taylor Tharp led the four with a sizzling 199.20 quarterback rating. Tharp rebounded from a shaky first scrimmage to connect on six of eight passes for 79 yards and a 20-yard strike to tight end Ryan Putnam. Senior Jared Zabransky, whose efficiency last year ranked just 49th in the country and who threw 16 of those 19 team interceptions, fared much better in scrimmage than he did in game situations last year. Zabransky completed 8 of 13 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Drisan James for a 12-yard score and then later flipped the screen to Denton who did the rest. Zabransky also picked up 43 yards rushing on five carries.
Sophomore Bush Hamdan, the star of Boise State's first scrimmage two weeks ago, completed 8 of 14 passes for 64 yards, while redshirt freshman Nick Lomax went 8 of 14 for 42 yards with one interception—that Jon Barry Van Hoogen returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
Sophomore Vinny Perretta led eighteen Bronco receivers with four catches for 41 yards, while Denton had 77 yards receiving on three catches. Jerard Rabb, James, Richie Brockel, Jovan Hutchinson, Jeremy Childs, Steven Tracy and Max Davis all caught two passes.
Boise State will practice one more week in preparation for the Annual Blue and Orange Game next Friday, April 14th at 6:30 P.M. Admission is $5, with kids 2 and under free. Fans who purchased season tickets last season will also get in free with their ticket included in last year's season ticket package. Seating will be on the West Side of Bronco Stadium only and free parking is available on the East side of the stadium until 6:30. New 2006 Bronco football posters and schedules will be available at the gate. The Bronco Shop will also set up with "Keep It Rollin'" shirts, 2005 highlight DVD's and more Bronco merchandise available.