BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 15: D.J. Harper #7 of the Boise State Broncos runs the ball against the Miami University RedHawks at Bronco Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Boise State (1-1) won its eleventh straight home opener over Miami (Ohio) 39-12 on Saturday. They put on an awesome performance after overcoming a pair of first-half turnovers, including giving up an interception in the endzone that had the crowd at Bronco Stadium speechless. But then the Broncos started to click and began to pull away steadily the second half.
Boise State put up an impressive 599 total yards of offense. QB Joe Southwick accounted for 304 of those yards through the air by completing 24 of 31 and averaging 9.8 yards a pitch. He had two TD’s and gave up an interception. WR Matt Miller had 7 catches from Southwick for 71 yards and WR Aaron Burks caught 3 more for 67 yards.
But it was the 295 yard running game that drew the most attention after the poor showing last week where the Broncos offense struggled to put up a measly 37 yards. The attack today was led by RB D. J. Harper who battled his way through the RedHawks defense for 162 yards on 16 carriers. A fresh face also appeared in the backfield: freshman RB Jack Fields, who had 13 carries for 49 yards.Miami (1-2) actually took a 9-8 lead in the second quarter after a fumble by Boise State at the Boise State 9 yard line. That set up a RedHawk TD pass from RB Spencer Treadwell to WR Andy Cruse. But the Broncos answered right back with a 7-play, 75-yard drive and setting up Harper for a scoring run to retake the lead. RedHawks QB Zac Dysert passed for 176 yards, completing 20 of 27 attempts but in the end it wasn’t good enough and managed only 3 points in the second half. There will be little time to celebrate for the Broncos. Next up is the BYU Cougars (2-0) who are also playing a game today against rival Utah of the PAC 12. The Broncos and the Cougars will have their showdown at Bronco Stadium this Thursday night, 6 PM MT on ESPN.