By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State has released 1,500 student tickets to Saturday’s game for sale to the general public.
The students aren’t expected to use all 5,000 of their tickets this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The tickets to Saturday’s game against Wyoming, which kicks off at 12:06 p.m., are $53 for adults and $36 for juniors.
Wyoming is 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West. Boise State is 9-1, 4-1. The winner of the game clinches second place in the conference.
The Cowboys have won four of their past five games, with a 31-20 loss to TCU.
“They’re just improved everywhere,” said Boise State coach Chris Petersen, whose team beat Wyoming 51-6 early last season in Laramie. “They believe they’re going to win and they do win.”
Junior Michael Frisina likely will handle field-goal duties again this week, special teams coach Jeff Choate said.
Frisina booted a 30-yarder last week against San Diego State. The plan was for him to take the first field goal in that game. Redshirt freshman Dan Goodale, who missed the potential game-winning field goal against TCU, started as the PAT kicker and made the first four before giving way to Frisina.
“It took a little pressure off of Dan,” Choate said. “Michael is a guy who has been very accurate for the most part. We really challenged him (last) week — ‘Hey, you’ve got to give us a reason.’ To his credit, he did.”
Said Petersen: “Sometimes you just need to do something different, give another guy a chance. Dan’s been doing a pretty good job in practice. If you just go off that, there’s no doubt who’s probably been the most consistent there. If it doesn’t go exactly how you like it in games, you’ve got to keep the competition alive.”
As for true freshman Jake Van Ginkel, Petersen tried to put an end to questions about why he’s redshirting.
“To put that to rest, we went out and found the best field-goal kicker we could possibly get our hands on, brought him in here and he’s not better than the other two guys … right now,” Petersen said.
— Tailback D.J. Harper is expected to play this week. He missed the San Diego State game with a sprained ankle.
— Defensive end Tyrone Crawford, who left last week’s game with an injury, is expected to play.
— Freshman quarterback Grant Hedrick, who has missed two straight games, is expected to be in uniform.
— Cornerback Jamar Taylor isn’t expected to play this week. He has missed all or most of the past three games with a leg injury.