Joe Southwick stood all alone in the backfield as his 46 yard bomb was snatched in stride by redshirt junior receiever Aaron Burks. A perfectly thrown deep pass over the outside shoulder allowed Burks to win the foot race on his way to the end zone.
The 46-yard touchdown pass was Southwick’s second of the game, the longest receiving touchdown for the Broncos this year and gave Boise State a 14-point lead in the first quarter.
Southwick’s reaction was hardly worthy of the highlight reel. Just a slight understated fist pump and a shrug. But his performance in the Broncos’ 49-14 dismantling of Hawaii was his best offensive performance of the season. Southwick was 17 of 29 finding holes in the Warriors’ secondary all night, throwing for 209 yards passing and three TDs.
Offensively, the Broncos were balanced all night, rushing the ball for 155 yards on 42 attempts and throwing for 256 yards on 33 attempts for a total of 411 yards.
Southwick’s performance was matched by a defense that notched a season-high six sacks and bottled up a struggling Warrior offense. Hawaii junior quarterback Sean Schroeder was 10 for 19 for 100 yards, sacked four times, fumbled three times, threw for an interception before being benched for sophomore Jeremy Higgins half way through the third quarter.
Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) made sure the Warrior offense was nable to score until early in the fourth quarter for their lone of touchdown on the night.
The Broncos are plus 16 in turnovers on the season and the defense took the ball away five times (3 fumbles and 2 interceptions).
The Warriors (1-8, 0-6 Mountain West Conference) mustered only 67 yards in the first half and went 4-16 on third down. Both quarterbacks were harassed all night and never looked comfortable in
True freshman Donte Deayon in his second game playing for the Broncos had six tackles and one interception.
Sophomore Grand Hedrick replaced Southwick in the fourth quarter. He led the Broncos on a 56-yard drive of more than nine minutes, capping it off with a 4-yard touchdown.
The Broncos take on Colorado State at home this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.