Another senior night has come and gone at Bronco Stadium, and another senior class has left a lasting mark on one of the most successful programs in the country.
“I know how much this experience meant to those guys and how much this experience at Boise State meant to them,” sophomore safety Darian Thompson said. “If there was any way to send them off, we did it the right way.”
A 45-17 win over New Mexico on Saturday night was the icing on the cake for a senior class that finished a regular season with an 8-4 record (6-2 MW), coming just one conference win shy of a rematch with Fresno State in the MW championship game next weekend.
Redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick got the start against the Lobos, just six weeks after he suffered a broken ankle against the University of Nevada.
Southwick put on a story book performance in his lone drive of the night, completing on 2-of-2 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown, finding junior wide receiver Matt Miller.
“That was awesome,” Head Coach Chris Petersen said. “Two for two and a touchdown—no better way to go out on the last day on The Blue.”
The scoring drive took less than a minute and gave the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.
“I’m really happy that we scored on that drive for Joe,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Matt Paradis said. “It was only three plays but it was important for him to get back out there and on our senior night on The Blue and experience one last drive with the offense.”
On the defensive side, redshirt senior defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and junior linebacker Corey Bell had a memorable nights on The Blue. Tjong-A-Tjoe had two total tackles, while Bell had seven total tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
“It was a great performance from everybody from the offense to the defense,” Tjong-A-Tjoe said. “It’s great to win in the last game on The Blue so it was all about that. Just get that win and finish it off right.”
The senior class of 2013 became the first class in the last three seasons to go undefeated in a year on The Blue, a feat Petersen knows is a point of pride for his team.
“Those guys have won a lot here at home and won a lot in general,” Petersen said. “To not get that last one would be hard to do.”
The senior class will have one more game this year, a bowl game in December.