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Broncos move past Rams, pursue Mountain West title

Robby Milo / The Arbiter

After six years as a member of the Boise State football team, senior running back D.J. Harper knows a thing, or two, about
senior day.

On the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage, Harper weaved through Colorado State defenders on his way to an 80-yard touchdown run.

Harper finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in Boise State’s 42-14 win over Colorado State.

Redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17 of 20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

“That’s exactly what I was hoping for. I told myself, ‘All right let’s make something happen on your last game on the blue,” Harper said following the win.

The Broncos dominated in every facet from the kickoff, taking a 35-0 lead over the Rams in the first half. Boise State’s defense, one of the only consistencies this season, limited Colorado State to 229 total yards of offense in the win.

Senior cornerback Jamar Taylor finished his career on the blue with one interception and three tackles. Linebacker Tommy Smith lead all Broncos with seven total tackles.

“The coaches put together a good game plan,” Smith said. “Everyone was playing fundamentally sound defense. Overall we just played a heck of a game.”

Despite finishing the home schedule strong on the blue, the season is far from over for the Broncos. Next week, Boise State will challenge Nevada for the rights to the Mountain West Conference crown.

Head Coach Chris Peteresen anticipates a difficult challenge in Reno and believes his team is making necessary strides to defeat the Wolf Pack.

“We’ll find out in two weeks if we’re where we want to be. We’ll have a good test over there. We’re making progress,” Petersen said.

Boise State has become reliant on their defense, as well as a dependable running game, to defeat opponents in the 2012-13 season. Despite the deficiencies in Southwick’s skill set, however, Petersen believes the quarterback is more than ready to lead the Broncos to a conference title.

“It always starts with the pass protection. I think Joe’s been doing a good job and he sees things out there really well. He can sniff out blitzes and he can see those things. He’s making strides,” Petersen said.

Anything less than undefeated is normally considered a disappointment in Boise, but the Broncos are focused on winning this year’s Mountain West title.

With continued improvements this coming week in practice, it will be difficult to stop Boise State from obtaining their goal.

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