Every year, Boise State holds a fall scrimmage in Bronco Stadium to give fans their first taste of the new squad and to prepare young players for in-game situations. The strength of Boise State’s defense was well documented during fall camp practices by the media and head coach Chris Petersen’s bruisers didn’t disappoint during the scrimmage.
The defense shutout the offense 18-0 to win the scrimmage, which followed an hour and a half team practice. The offense is awarded with standard scoring — touchdowns and field goals — while the defense receives points for turnovers, sacks, three-and-outs and fourth-down stops.
The scrimmage was open to the public and free, drawing 7,410 fans to Bronco Stadium.
Much of the fall camp rumblings focused on redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick’s ability to lead the Broncos back to Bowl Championship Series form that Boise State experienced during his predecessor’s — Kellen Moore — reign as starting quarterback. Southwick played only one series with the first-team offense, completing three of four passes for 28 yards and an interception.
Redshirt senior safety Ebo Makinde batted away a possible touchdown pass from Southwick to wide receiver Kirby Moore and intercepted the free-flying ball in the end zone for three defensive points.
Petersen has yet to name Southwick’s backup, giving both redshirt freshman Nick Patti and redshirt junior Grant Hedrick reps under center during the scrimmage. Patti threw 6-f0r-10 for 64 yards and no interceptions, while Hedrick complete two of his six passes for 11 yards. Hedrick worked out with the second team.