During the opening weekend of the college football year, Boise State experienced something they weren’t used to, as they were run out of the building at the University of Washington, 38-6.
On the christening of the Huskies brand new $280 million stadium, Washington came out with energy off the charts. It seemed like a complete 180 from the stagnant offense and struggling defense of the Broncos, who suffered just their third double-digit loss under head coach Chris Petersen. The first came as a 14-point loss in 2007, also at the hands of the Huskies.
“You open up the season like we do every year, you’re going to get your nose bloodied,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “I know that, no one else seems to know that, but I know that.”
Now, as the Broncos return home to take on the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks this Saturday, they will go back to the drawing board to try to figure out what went wrong.
Boise State is coming off their lowest points per game total since 1998, averaging just 30.2 ppg in 2012. Still, the Broncos entered the season as the nation’s highest scoring team since 2000, with an average of 41.04 ppg. The Broncos failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Huskies —the third time in the last two seasons they have done so under second-year offensive coordinator Robert Prince.
“Having been able to score early on could have changed the whole momentum of the game,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “We feed off each other and that could have changed things, but we just couldn’t get anything done.”
The Broncos offensive struggles will need to be focused on in the days leading up to their matchup with the Skyhawks, as seven Football Championship Subdivision teams took down Football Bowl Subdivision teams last weekend and the Skyhawks are looking to add to that total.
“I have a lot of trust in the coaches and I think it will work,” redshirt senior wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn said. “It’s the first game and we have a lot to work on.”
The Boise State offense never seemed to click with each other in Seattle. Focusing on fine tuning their efficiency will be a point of major emphasis in their preparation.
“There are a thousand little details,” Petersen said. “That’s what this game is — a game of details.”
The Broncos will kick it off in their home opener on Saturday in Bronco Stadium and all eyes will be glued to the offense as the Broncos try to bounce back from a shaky start to the season.