Boise State defensive line gets bragging rights in locker room; Boise State-Idaho game sells out

By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman

Boise State’s defensive linemen are dominating more than just their opponents.

They’re also cleaning up on the stat sheet and in team awards.

The linemen have collected 10 of the team’s 12 sacks, all three fumble recoveries and the only defensive touchdown. End Ryan Winterswyk is tied for the team lead in interceptions — with one. The linemen also have won three of the four weekly team awards for defensive player of the game.

“That’s a pretty tough group to compete with in terms of gaining some honors because they’re playing so well,” coach Chris Petersen said. “Everybody’s good with those guys being as good as they are.”

Senior safety Jeron Johnson, whose goal is to crack the century mark in tackles this season, leads the team with 25 — which puts him on pace for 81.

“The D-line is playing ridiculous right now and our linebackers are doing a good job,” Johnson said. “… I’m leading the team in tackles but not by far. It’s going to be a close race to the end. I’m not getting many opportunities this year.”


Boise State might not see an empty seat in the final month of the season.

Idaho announced this week that it has sold out the Nov. 12 game against Boise State. Nevada already had sold out its Nov. 26 date with the Broncos.

Boise State has three home games in the final month — Nov. 6 against Hawaii, Nov. 19 against Fresno State and Dec. 4 against Utah State. There’s a good chance those games will sell out, too.

The Broncos have had sellout crowds for three of their first four games. The exception was last week at New Mexico State.


Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is second in the Heisman Watch this week. He received two of the 15 first-place votes, with the rest going to Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Moore is third this week in the Heisman poll. Robinson was the unanimous choice among 13 voters. Oregon running back LaMichael James was second.


Here’s a look at Toledo, which is 3-2 overall and 3-0 on the road this season. The Rockets beat Purdue, Ohio and Western Michigan but lost to Wyoming and Arizona at home.


The Rockets operate a varied attack with a lot of shifts and formations, somewhat like the Broncos. They use the shotgun extensively.

The group hasn’t had a good year. The Rockets average 21 points and 283 yards per game — ranking 114th in the nation in total offense.

The offensive star is sophomore wide receiver Eric Page, who was a Freshman All-American last year. He has 29 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns. No one else on the team has more than 11 catches.

Page also is a dynamic kickoff returner and punt returner.

“He’s kind of like their Titus Young, their James Rodgers,” Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor said. “They like to get the ball in that dude’s hands.”

Sophomore quarterback Austin Dantin is a dual threat. He’s second on the team in rushing and leads the team with four touchdowns. He also has completed 64.5 percent of his passes but sacks (10 this year), turnovers (nine this year), dropped passes (seven last week) and penalties (10 last week) have been a problem for the Rockets. Redshirt freshman quarterback Terrance Owens provided a spark off the bench last week and will compete with Dantin for the starting job in practice this week.

The offense has been improving — the Rockets have averaged 376 yards in their past two games.

“We’ve just got to learn to play consistently for four quarters,” senior center Kevin Kowalski said. “We haven’t done that yet this year.”


This should be an interesting matchup. The Rockets defense creates problems for opponents. They have 14 sacks, 10 interceptions and 16 total takeaways this season.

The Broncos have allowed one sack and committed five turnovers.

“It comes down to attitude and belief in the system,” Toledo coach Tim Beckman said. “I think our players are doing that and they’re playing extremely hard.”

The Rockets rank 13th in the nation in rushing defense at 95.4 yards per game. They’re 57th in pass-efficiency defense, allowing Arizona and Western Michigan to throw for more than 400 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Dan Molls has had a great year. He has 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

Special teams:

The Broncos’ inconsistent kickoff coverage will get another test from Page, who ranks 10th in the nation with a 31.7-yard average.

“A lot of times, he’s doing those things on his own,” Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate said. “A lot of times those are the scariest guys to defend.”

The Rockets have done a good job covering kicks, although their punters are averaging just 38.0 yards. They have a significant problem on scoring kicks — two kickers have combined to go 2-for-8 on field goals, including 0-for-5 outside 40 yards. They’ve missed a PAT, too.

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Is There a More Bandwagon Fanbase Than Idaho?

One sellout every two years? What a disastrous program.

You're a class-A moron

UNLV was a sell-out. BSU is a sell-out. Homecoming will be a sell-out. And, I'm guessing Nevada will be a sell-out too.

And your guessing is consistent as well...


"Say a prayer for the pretender..."-Jackson Browne


it takes a long time to fill up a quonset hut.


Just curious...when was the last sellout at Bronco Stadium?


2 weeks ago.....

A winning program does make

A winning program does make a difference. Attendance in the dome started growing last year as we began winning games. The biggest issue has always been the student side filling up but the UNLV game was noticeably fuller on the student side. Would hope they'd continue to support their team. Looking forward to the Boise long as everyone, on both sides, acts like adults.

were you being sarcastic

when you asked when BSU's last sellout was?

anyway, i doubt either side will represent respective schools very well.

Vandals have one of two choices: 1) take the high road and act super classy or 2) live up to the name.

should be a fun game to watch. anyone know if it's on espn or do we have to watch the craptastic WAC network?

Not being sarcastic

No, not being sarcastic. Out of town during the buildup to the Oregon State game, wasn't able to follow the Statesman. Vandal web site shows the game will be on ESPN2.

Perhaps you should just stand by on this one and let

the big boys play.
We had this little thing in town that weekend called gameday, more people at Bronco stadium for a "pep rally" than UI will average for attendance for a football game.... If you want to follow the vandies or college football then please do, but refrain from talking about something you have no idea of.....


And the Treasure Valley is going to fill up Bronco Stadium for mighty Toledo this weekend. Highly unlikely this game sells out, nor the next home matchup v. LA Tech. Maybe for Hawaii, definitely for Fresno State and possibly UT State if they keep rolling.

I'd say that's 1, maybe 2 of 5 home games for the rest of the year that sell out in town. FYI, the only time BSU sells out Bronc stadium, is when an UO or OSU comes to play. Throw out Nevada, Hawaii, or Fresno State, I'd be curious what other WAC team...other than Idaho, warrants a full house in this town?


Last year was the first year in over 5 years BSU did not sell out every home game. There was a healthy debate on this board about the reason why attendance was down. Other than the broncokid (who felt it was all Bley's fault) it came down to higher ticket prices, the economy, and competition issues. The change is conferences should help with the competition issues, if only for the "newness" of the opponents. Ticket prices are still an issue, although I understand BSU surpassed their previous high in season ticket sales this year. The economy is anyone's guess.
As for this this year. La Tech will be interesting because it's on a Tuesday night. The rest of the home schedule looks like sellouts. Again, it is my understanding there are about 400 tickets left for this weekend, my bet is, they get sold.

Just my 2 cents

Not being sarcastic

No, not being sarcastic. Out of town during the buildup to the Oregon State game, wasn't able to follow the Statesman. Vandal web site shows the game will be on ESPN2. (apologize for the double post)...


double posts are annoying. happen to anyone.

i saw the WSN in action for the BSU/NMSU game. the WAC Sports Network did not put on a good show.

was going to watch the UI replay on ESPN3. but then i didn't.

i am assuming you did, how was the broadcast?

i'm going to be sad to have to watch a few more on WSN for the other games.

Didn't know about replay.

Didn't know about replay. Watched the last half on the WAC network. Pretty disappointing. Transmission difficulties kept freezing the screen and the commentary was sad.

it's really only if you have a participating ISP

like comcast. it's nice because you can go back and watch games, ect.

but, yeah, i don't want tomey to do the color commenting anymore. he may be a nice guy, and has some insight, but eh. he's just an old dude with a one-track mind.


They better enjoy the sell-out while they can. May be the last.


It's called Boise State...

Is that why

Boise State averaged more fans in 2004 (30,525) than they did in the Fiesta Bowl year of 2006 (30,423) or in 2007 (30,338)? Because of all the bandwagon fans who came along after the Fiesta Bowl? Don't you just hate it when facts get in the way of another Vandull lie? Moron.

Jealousy Abounds...

He come da vandies..and others..


Try some fact checking. There was one sellout last year, and already one this year. The BSU Game will make the second (maybe the 3rd after Nevada) sellout this season. That will be more than BSU had last year.

And add on the ridiculous

And add on the ridiculous prices for games these days. Especially with the economy how it is. A lot of people just like to stay in the comfort of their own homes and watch the game. I think worrying about sellouts is redundant. I understand that a "top tier" team should be selling out every game, but it is also not as surprising as one would think. I can think of a couple big time California teams, UCLA and USC who even when they were doing great, couldn't sell their games out. Granted a much bigger stadium but I think we know what I'm trying to say.

Computer rankings

Five of the six computer services (1/3 of the BCS formula) are now reporting. Only Wolfe remains. Four of the numbers (tossing out the high and low) are used to rank the teams. Here's what it looks like as of today using 3 of 5. Unless Wolfe varies drastically (it shouldn't), this should be pretty accurate.

Decimal value is what the BCS quotient would be. Biggest shocker here is Ohio State at #13.

1 Alabama 0.9732
2 Oklahoma 0.9468
3 LSU 0.9068
4 Boise State 0.8532
5 Arizona 0.8
6 TCU 0.76
7 Oregon 0.6668
T8 Auburn 0.6132
T8 Florida 0.6132
10 Kansas St 0.5868
11 Michigan 0.56
12 Oklahoma St 0.5332
13 Ohio State 0.52
14 Nevada 0.4932
15 Missouri 0.48
16 Michigan St 0.36
17 Nebraska 0.3468
18 Iowa 0.3332
19 Utah 0.32
20 Stanford 0.3068
21 Air Force 0.1332
22 Florida St 0.12
23 Northwestern 0.1068
24 Texas 0.0532
25 Miami FL -0.0532


is a close 2nd in the shocker category...

Yeah ...

... and Oklahoma at #2 doesn't look right, either. Every one of the computer services has the Sooners at #1, #2, or #3. Guess that Cincy win wowed 'em!

Naw Razor...

Hadda be the Utah State win.......


Oklahoma is ranked highly because the computers are forbidden to look at margin of victory. That is the same reason that Oregon is so low. Boise State would be higher if MOV were allowed, too.


Oregon Number 7???? I thought the Duckeys were the next coming of Christ?????

This could turn out to be significant

If Oregon were to wind up #2 in both polls at season's end and BSU at #3, but Oregon still trailed in the computer rankings by, say .8 to .7 (closing the gap in half), BSU would win out in the BCS.

Harris average #2: 0.96
Coaches poll avgerage: #2: 0.96
Computer average: 0.7
BCS average: 0.8733

Harris average #3: 0.92
Coaches poll avgerage: #3: 0.92
Computer average: 0.8
BCS average: 0.88

Not saying it's going to happen, but the computers have to be watched just as closely as the polls.


where are the Vandulls on the list????

Not too bad, really.

Idaho currently holds an overall rank of 67th, just ahead of Indiana, Toledo, and Hawaii. The computer services have the Vandals between 66th and 81st.

Don't ask about New Mexico or NMSU ... simply painful.

Just think...

This will a historical sellout for the Vandals. It just might be the last sellout at the Kibbie Dome, of course this pending that the Broncos don't play in Moscow after this year. Sellouts when people don't show up to the game do not count.

You got that right!

You got that right!

Wrong again...

Just another sell-out, with many more to come. Watch and see.

Some guy

I think you are confusing selling out a game with what vandie fans call a coach after he leaves... Erickson was the biggest "sellout" in cfb history and akey while beloved now, will be a vandal swear word before long. YOu guys might sell out when you have home games against montana and montana state, maybe when ISU comes to town.....

Totally unrelated to the previous discussion, but

wouldn't it be funny if the Broncos flew up to the game on the new Horizon Air painted with the U of Idaho colors? LOL!

Go Broncos!

that kinda happened last year

One of the Asst Coaches for Idaho was booked on a Boise State-painted plane and he asked that he get bumped to a later flight on a different plane. Good for him, I say. I respect a coach with pride.

No, it was your athletic

No, it was your athletic director Mr. Spear and he thew a hissy fit. It's unlikely anyone would have known (or cared) that he flew on an airplane painted with Boise State colors.

Pride goeth before a fall...just sayin'

Selling out the dome is more impressive than the blue.

Just some math for you to look at. BSU has what, about half a million people living within 30 minutes of Boise. They sell out a 34k seat stadium, that means that only 6.8% of the population has to attend the game to make it a sellout. The Kibbie Dome seats 16k, and there is only about 100k people within 30 minutes of Moscow (including a Pac-10 college town in another state). Idaho would have to have 16% of the people within that population attend the game to make it a sellout. Finding 7% of the population that will attend a game is a lot easier than getting 16% of the people of a region to attend a game. Using these numbers, Boise should be able to sell out an 80,000 seat stadium as often as Idaho sells out their 16k seat stadium. Don't see that ever happening (unless they're playing Idaho).


WSU does it (or at least has done it) with the same population area and a staduim almost three times the size (martin stadium is approx 45k, right?).

too bad for WSU that their team really sucks right now.

but they most likely average more than 16k at least.

it really depends on the ticket draw. that, i don't fault either school. it's easier for bsu to sell out a pac 10 school (most likely regardless of the team) than a FCS team.

Seriously, VNDL

Kid, anyone please jump in here these vandals are embarrassing your institution....
Its a sad day when the leftover duck fans are the most intelligent non BSU folk on the boards......

P2 - Oh goody, you been mortally wounded, what fun !!

Tater2: We all had to come up through the ranks the hard way - getting knocked around a few times and learning from it; and how to take no prisoners or get gut shot.

It is their Trial by Fire. They either sink or swim on their own.


PS - They will do great in time. They are Vandals - just gotta get hit a few times and learn from it; then they will eviscerate you.

This made me laugh

You arrogant vandies try and spin a piece of crud stadium and a whopping 16k seat joke of a hut? You guys shouldnt even be Division1 by any standards. When BYU refuses to go to Moscow and every other team complains about it what does that tell you about your school? This has got to be the most entertaining thread in awhile however. vandies defending their turf and the 8k fans they had at Homecoming last year. Pathetic.

WOW !!!!

Like JL said, the 3rd stringers out today?

Kudo's for the Spin...Hey hang around, we need more Vandal comedy round here...

Please tell me you were trolling, screwin with BSU fans, etc and you are really not that stupid?

Amazing ...

... what you can come up with when you divide by zero.

idaho does have that captive audience aka students

it is moscow, what else are they or anyone else going to do? they have enough students to fill the student side and that is the side that is lacking so there must be a reason the students don't go. possiblities: learning to be manly men(vndl training), drinking at a frat in preparation for flying lessons, studying:-), out of town or maybe just not interested.

Good stats to show how podunk of a town Moscow is...

Did you factor in the Blue and Orange that will be in the stands. I know BSU fans are more willing to travel to MosCOWtown this year than they ever have been. This is the last hoorah gents!!!

A Bronco who does not agree with Bronco Boob

Bronco Bob said you guys hated going to Moscow and saw no reason for you guys to go there?

You calling Bronco Boob a liar?

A Big Vandal Hug if you are.


PS - Seriously - better wear rain/wet weather gear to the game - seriously. You're gonna need it to 'run the gauntlet' to get inside of the Kibbie, lolololol, ROFLMAO, hahahahahahaha,

PPS - Make sure you don't park your vehicle within Moscow city limits, too. You could get towed away and have to get your car out of the impound lot in Troy. I understand new changes to the city ordinance pertaining to 'parking' inside the city limits are being drafted this week, to 'provide increased safety to the public'. If you were smart you would not have blorange flags on your vehicles, for this last game. Maybe get a rental car, or borrow a Brinks Truck for this trip? Just a passing thought.


Where are all the respected vandies today, these 3rd stringers are really disappointing......

Full BCS Rankings for Week 5

This uses the 5 computer rankings that are available (Wolfe is not yet available), and uses the AP poll as a stand-in for the Harris Poll. Other than that, the formula is the exact BCS formula. Teams with a score of 0 were ranked by their average coputer ranking, excluding the top and bottom score:

BCS_Rnk Team Comp_S AP_S USA_S BCS
1 Alabama 0.973 0.998 0.982 0.985
2 Boise St 0.853 0.894 0.865 0.871
3 Oklahoma 0.947 0.789 0.767 0.834
4 Oregon 0.667 0.919 0.881 0.822
5 TCU 0.760 0.833 0.805 0.799
6 Ohio St 0.520 0.934 0.934 0.796
7 LSU 0.907 0.546 0.631 0.694
8 Auburn 0.613 0.697 0.670 0.660
9 Arizona 0.800 0.599 0.566 0.655
10 Nebraska 0.347 0.781 0.797 0.642
11 Florida 0.613 0.454 0.478 0.515
12 Utah 0.213 0.573 0.588 0.458
13 Michigan 0.560 0.370 0.367 0.432
14 Iowa 0.333 0.447 0.436 0.405
15 Miami FL 0.227 0.513 0.460 0.400
16 Michigan St 0.360 0.405 0.424 0.396
17 Stanford 0.307 0.442 0.304 0.351
18 Arkansas 0.000 0.550 0.463 0.338
19 Oklahoma St 0.533 0.115 0.203 0.284
20 Missouri 0.493 0.066 0.184 0.248
21 Nevada 0.387 0.191 0.136 0.238
22 Kansas St 0.587 0.046 0.021 0.218
23 South Carolina 0.013 0.300 0.234 0.182
24 Wisconsin 0.000 0.211 0.281 0.164
25 Florida St 0.133 0.108 0.111 0.118
26 Northwestern 0.240 0.017 0.045 0.101
27 Air Force 0.133 0.063 0.030 0.075
28 Texas 0.093 0.022 0.041 0.052
29 West Virginia 0.013 0.055 0.027 0.032
30 Penn St 0.053 0.001 0.020 0.025
31 USC 0.000 0.035 0.000 0.012
32 Virginia Tech 0.000 0.005 0.007 0.004
33 NC State 0.000 0.003 0.009 0.004
34 Oregon St 0.000 0.008 0.001 0.003
35 Baylor 0.000 0.007 0.001 0.002
36 UCLA 0.000 0.005 0.001 0.002
37 Houston 0.000 0.000 0.005 0.002
38 Mississippi St 0.000 0.000 0.003 0.001
39 Temple 0.000 0.000 0.001 0.000
40 Iowa St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
41 Colorado 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
42 California 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
43 South Florida 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
44 Fresno St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
45 Southern Miss 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
46 Washington 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
47 Georgia Tech 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
48 Connecticut 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
49 North Carolina 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
50 Texas A&M 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
51 Maryland 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
52 Mississippi 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
53 Kentucky 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
54 San Diego St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
55 Notre Dame 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
56 Texas Tech 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
57 SMU 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
58 Illinois 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
59 Tennessee 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
60 Toledo 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
61 Vanderbilt 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
62 East Carolina 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
63 Tulsa 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
64 Clemson 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
65 Hawaii 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
66 Boston College 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
67 UTEP 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
68 UCF 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
69 Wyoming 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
70 Navy 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
71 Miami OH 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
72 Idaho 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
73 Pittsburgh 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
74 Arizona St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
75 BYU 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
76 Indiana 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
77 Georgia 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
78 Purdue 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
79 N Illinois 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
80 Syracuse 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
81 Wake Forest 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
82 Utah St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
83 Cincinnati 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
84 Troy 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
85 Kansas 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
86 Virginia 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
87 Tulane 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
88 Army 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
89 Louisville 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
90 Colorado St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
91 Rutgers 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
92 Buffalo 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
93 C Michigan 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
94 Washington St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
95 Ohio 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
96 Marshall 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
97 UNLV 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
98 Rice 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
99 ULL 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
100 Middle Tenn St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
101 Ball St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
102 Bowling Green 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
103 Minnesota 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
104 UAB 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
105 W Michigan 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
106 Duke 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
107 Memphis 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
108 ULM 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
109 Louisiana Tech 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
110 FL Atlantic 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
111 San Jose St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
112 Kent 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
113 Arkansas St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
114 Florida Intl 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
115 New Mexico 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
116 W Kentucky 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
117 North Texas 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
118 New Mexico St 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
119 E Michigan 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
120 Akron 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000