For the first 73 and a half minutes of the 2013 season, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick seemed lost.
Throwing for just 152 yards and one interception against the Washington Huskies, the Boise State offense was in disarray, failing to score an offensive touchdown for the third time in two seasons.
The loss in Seattle seemed to refocus the Broncos’ offense, as a week later they demolished the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 63-14.
Southwick and the Boise State offense received an outcry of negative feedback after their 32-point loss to the Huskies, and the week to prepare seemed to clear up things for the Broncos.
“It’s just good to go out and execute,” Southwick said. “That’s a good feeling, putting up 63 points as an offense. But it’s back to work tomorrow.”
Southwick was able to overcome a shaky start that included a fumble and a couple of near
The senior threw for 17-25, 234 yards and a career high five touchdowns against the Skyhawks on Saturday
The 63-point total was the highest since the Broncos scored 63 at Colorado State in 2011.
“I felt like we really just executed much better than last week,” sophomore wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes said.
Southwick found Williams-Rhodes for two of his five touchdown passes on the day, as he distributed the ball well, hitting six different receivers on the day, and four different receivers for touchdowns.
“Joe’s really come a long ways,” Williams-Rhodes said. “I feel like every week he’s just still getting better.”
Southwick’s completion percentage through the first two games of the season is up to 64.6 percent.
His completion percentage against Tennessee-Martin was a much stronger showing however, as he averaged 13.7 yards per pass, compared to just 6.1 against the Huskies on opening weekend.
“Sometimes it takes a minute to settle in; it’s always a work in progress,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “We learned a lot of things from the last game and we’ll learn a lot from this game.”
Now as the Broncos head into Mountain West Conference play, Southwick will be put to the test as he will
face a much tougher opponent than Tennessee-Martin each night.
A win like the one on Saturday however, could be the confidence-boost needed.
“It felt good,” redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick said. “but right back to work tomorrow, put the film on. We saw some things we need to clean up obviously, it’s still just our second game.”