42 Points A Game? Not In Our House!

Boise State led the nation with 42.21 points per game last season. Yesterday, they did little against the Bronco defense in the first scrimmage of the spring open to the public at Bronco Stadium.

As is usually the case in the spring, the Boise State defense controlled the first scrimmage of the Bronco football team yesterday afternoon at Bronco Stadium in Boise.

The defense allowed quarterback Kellen Moore one first down in six possessions.  All told, the returning top offense in the country had six straight three-and-outs.   Billy Winn and Kharyee Marshall were constantly in the backfield.  Cornerback Ebo Makinde showed athleticism while Cedric Febis laid a hard hit on Hiwat forcing him to drop a pass. The Bronco defense had the offense on their heels the entire game and constantly walking backward after tackles for loss.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Southwick was able to toss two touchdown passes while senior Michael Coughlin threw another and Jimmy Pavel booted field goals of 32 and 48 yards.

Coughlin hit 16-of-22 passes for 170 yards and a 143.54 efficiency rating, the highest of the three Bronco quarterbacks.  Coughlin was decisive and showed a great command of the offense.  Southwick was 14-23 for 137 yards while Moore was 5-12- for 15 yards.

Highly regarded Aaron Burks and Geraldo Hiwat impressed Bronco fans in attendance.  Burks was the leading receiver with six catches for 92 yards while Hiwat had three receptions for 25 yards and a TD, a nice fade route from Southwick.  Burks showed good speed, ran nice routes and made an amazing catch over the shoulder.  Mitch Burroughs, whom Bronco coaches are counting on for a big season this fall, had three catches for 62 yards and the scrimmage's other touchdown and newcomer Preston Minter grabbed four catches for 30 yards.

Raphiel Lambert paced Boise State running backs with eight carries for 51 yards (6.4 average) and Jarvis Hodge had 22 yards on six carries.

Boise State concludes spring drills with the annual Blue Orange Spring Game, set for Saturday, April 17 in Bronco Stadium.

The Broncos open the 2010 season in Washington, D.C. against Virginia Tech on Labor Day.

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