Saturday, Aug. 18 was the Boise State Broncos’ fall scrimmage as the offense teams took on their respective defensive counterparts at Bronco Stadium. While there was no official times or score keeping, the defense came away as the clear winners with seven turnovers, six as interceptions and one forced fumble.

Redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick went 16-of-24 for 141 yards one touchdown and one interception while red-shirt sophomore Grant Hedrick went 6-of-16, 28 yards, 3 ints, true freshman Nick Patti went 1-for-10, 40 yards, 1 int. Laughrea 1-for-4, 75, int, TD

Leading the running backs was redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi with seven carries for 78 yards and a touchdown and redshirt senior Mitch Burroughs led the receiving corps with seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman defensive back Darien Thompson  had two interceptions and led the team with seven tackles.

Here are some quotes from Saturday night’s scrimmage:

Head Coach Chris Petersen

“We’ll put the tape on. You all know as much as I do on how he did. I mean you saw what I saw. We saw some good stuff but we got to put the tape on” On Southwick’s performance

“Defensively we have seven turnovers we probably won’t lose many games. Offensively, we have seven turnovers we’re not going to win” On the seven turnover night

“I think the important thing is to really create some turnovers, because play against a good offense they’re not just going to hand you them. Our offense handed them a couple and they capitalized. But we got to get turnovers. It’s such a critical element to a successful season” On the defensive performance

“We’re going to have a lot of young guys in there so they have to make plays” On the true freshmen getting in reps with the first team

Redshirt senior linebacker Tommy Smith

“Real aggressive night for the defense. It’s something we emphasize on in practice so getting turnovers is a big thing for the defense” On the defensive performance

“I think we did pretty good. Every week we try to get better” On comparing where the defense was from first scrimmage to now

“It’s different. With Kellen’s class starting since I was freshman and not having them around it’s different. Different people are stepping up in different roles which is always good for a team” On how different fall camp was this time around

Sophomore defensive back Lee Hightower

“I thought it was a reflection of practice, honestly. We always have to get the ball back in practice, always have to get turnovers, that’s one of our things” On the reflection of the defensive efforts

“You always want to focus on something, and that’s the focus of practice everyday, every meeting. It’s good to come out in front of the fans and actually get it done and keep carrying it over” On the fruition of the defense

“I think we’ve done well. We clicked, we got on the same page. So anytime everybody gets on the same page and starts working together it’s gonna make the best for whole the group” On evaluating the defense from fall camp