Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Boise State Broncos (4-1) handed the Southern Miss Golden Eagle (0-5) their fifth loss this season after a superb defensive effort by the Broncos who kept Southern Miss shut out in the first half. With 5 turnovers, the #25 ranked Boise defense was able to hand the ball over to QB Joe Southwick and his offensive team to go for the win.
Southwick finished the day 17 of 26 for 201yards through the air with 3 TD’s and an interception. Eight different receivers caught balls for Southwick, but the lion’s share was caught by two: WR Kirby Moore (5 catches for 61 yards) and WR Matt Miller (4 for 32 yards). One of Southwick’s passes was a 33-yarder to WR Chris Potter for a TD.
Boise’s rushing game did its job as well. There were a lot of short fields for the Broncos to start from and they ended up with 320 total yards of offense. Only 113 of those yards were on the on the ground. RB D.J. Harper had 14 runs for 51 yards and and RB Jay Ajayi had 7 carries for 42 yards.
The early turnovers by Southern Miss made all the difference in the game. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter at the 4:10 mark before the Golden Eagles even got on the board. But that still put them down 30-7 starting the fourth quarter and there was little doubt about the outcome. But the Hattiesburg, Mississippi fans were in it until the end and that helped the Golden Eagles to put up 422 total yards of offense.
The win is a solid performance for Boise State who are ranked #25 in the coaches poll. Boise State kicker Michael Frisina was 2 for 2 on field goals this trip.
While celebrating this win, the Broncos will be back at it next week. Next up is another road game to Frenso, California. Boise State will be taking on the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Battle for the Milk Can next Saturday.
But for the rest of this weekend they can recuperate from the humidity of southern Mississippi and take some time to be reflect on how their season appears to be improving. My own thoughts are so far, so good, but the bigger fights are still ahead.