By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Oregon State is painting one of its grass practice fields blue this week in preparation for its game Saturday night at Boise State.
Here’s a photo.
The Beavers’ defense and special teams, at least, will use the blue field. The scout team will wear blue jerseys to simulate the blue-on-blue of Boise State.
The field was painted white first, sort of a primer.
The cost was covered by an anonymous donor. The project has been in the works for at least a month.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen started laughing when he was asked about the blue field.
"Perfect," he said. "We've got them right where we want them if they're painting their field."
ESPN has released its second College GameDay promo featuring Petersen. Petersen makes fun of analyst Lee Corso, who is moisturizing with a blue mud mask.
Boise State sophomore wide receiver and punt returner Mitch Burroughs will be out for a while with a high ankle sprain, Petersen said. He still hopes to redshirt wide receiver Kirby Moore.
Defensive end Shea McClellin is day to day with a concussion.
Boise State’s internal players of the week: tailback Doug Martin (offense), nickel Winston Venable (defense), Burroughs (special teams), defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (linemen), nickel Hunter White (Hammer), tailback Drew Wright (scout offense), linebacker Dave Cushing (scout defense) and linebacker Travis Saxton (scout special teams).
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said Sunday that his team can’t allow Boise State to go on the scoring runs that have fueled the Broncos for years.
Boise State has jumped out to a 17-0 lead against Virginia Tech and 31-0 lead against Wyoming this year. The Broncos scored 42 straight points in their 42-14 defeat of Oregon State in 2006.
“You’ve got to keep your hands around the game,” Riley said. “You can’t let it get away like that. If they punch you, you’ve got to counterpunch. If they get a stop on defense, we have to get a stop on defense. If they score, we have to score.”
Riley expects a huge challenge against the Broncos. He also has told his team to expect an “electric” atmosphere. “It’s going to be an awesome game to be involved in,” he said.
“Our guys know enough about Boise State to know this is going to be (difficult), even before they start watching film,” Riley said. “… They are so efficient offensively, and defensively you combine their fundamentals with the passion they play with and it’s very impressive.”
Riley has brought the Beavers to Boise twice — in 2004 and 2006. The Broncos routed them both times.
Still, Riley likes playing the Broncos. Boise State goes to Corvallis in 2012.
“It’s great for the fans, and with what Boise State’s done nationally, it’s just gotten bigger and bigger since the first time we’ve played,” Riley said. “It’s awfully tough to do this, and sometimes I shake my head at our non-conference schedule, but in the long run I think this is going to be good for us.”
Petersen on Oregon State: “It will be a tremendous challenge. Coach Riley does a great job over there year in and year out. We’re excited to be at home finally. It seems like it’s been forever. … We expect a very close, hard-fought game.”
The WAC players of the week are Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick (329 yards of total offense, five total touchdowns), Idaho defensive end Aaron Lavarias (three tackles for loss, forced fumble) and Idaho kicker Trey Farquhar (3-for-3 on field goals, including a 50-yarder).