By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State junior quarterback Joe Southwick tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Chris Potter on fourth-and-4 to give the offense the victory in the Spring Game on Saturday evening at Bronco Stadium.
The offense won 22-19, with two touchdown drives and a field goal drive led by Southwick and one touchdown drive led by true freshman Nick Patti.
Southwick was 14-of-19 for 145 yards and a touchdown. He entered the spring as the favorite and still seems to be in that role. No other quarterback threw more than eight passes. Southwick also rushed three times for 8 yards.
“It was good to see him (in the 2-minute drill),” coach Chris Petersen said of Southwick. “He needs a situation like that probably more than the other guys because he’s been around running the base stuff. That’s a great opportunity to get in a situation we don’t see every day.”
Patti was 4-of-8 for 60 yards and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Troy Ware. Patti rushed four times for 15 yards.
Sophomore Grant Hedrick, who shared the first-team snaps with Southwick, was 2-of-6 for 5 yards with an interception. He rushed two times for minus-7 yards.
Redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea, who shared the second-team snaps with Patti, was 3-of-7 for 13 yards. He rushed twice for 3 yards.
“(Patti) might be the most impressive guy in the quarterback race right now just from being around such a short time and just throwing as much as we did (at him),” Petersen said. “… They’re all getting better. They’re all learning. Jimmy and Grant have done a nice job, too.
“It’s really on (the quarterbacks). We’ve told them they’re all capable of being the quarterback here. ‘Don’t worry about the guy next to you. Just worry about playing your best and it will work out how it’s supposed to.’ ”
Petersen said he didn’t know the specifics of the quarterback rotation other than that he expected Southwick to get the most playing time and the other three to get equal reps.
Other quick notes (I’ll try to post more later, but I’ll have a full story in Sunday’s paper):
— The defensive ends played well. Demarcus Lawrence made five tackles, Sam Ukwuachu had a sack and forced an interception by Potter on a trick play and Darren Koontz had a sack and a blocked PAT.
— The kickers struggled. Dan Goodale missed a PAT and Jake Van Ginkel had a PAT blocked. Van Ginkel did make the only field-goal attempt of the game.
— Senior running back Raphiel Lambert will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury sustained this spring. He re-injured the same ligament that he tore earlier in his career. The Broncos used senior Drew Wright and redshirt freshman walk-on Phil Hogan in the scrimmage. They rested senior starter D.J. Harper.
— Petersen said the rest of the players who didn’t participate in the Spring Game are expected to be healthy for the season. Tight end Chandler Koch left the scrimmage with a sprained ankle.
— The quarterbacks were not available to the media. That has been the case all spring.
— Potter had three catches for 39 yards, Kirby Moore had three catches for 27 yards and Geraldo Boldewijn had two catches for 33 yards. On defense, Darian Thompson made six tackles and Blake Renaud intercepted a Hedrick pass.
— Not participating: WR Mitch Burroughs, OL Joe Kellogg, RB Jay Ajayi, DE Kharyee Marshall, TE Kyle Sosnowski, DE Nick Alexander, OL Cory Yriarte, DE Tyler Horn, CB Jerrell Gavins, OL Brenel Myers, FB Dan Paul, Lambert, WR Tyler Jackson, S Taylor Loffler.
— The attendance was a school-record 17,123. The previous record, set last year, was 14,445.
Listen to Petersen's post-scrimmage press conference here.
Offense — Drew Wright 11 run (Dan Goodale kick failed). Offense 6-0
Defense — Three-and-out. Offense 6-1
D — Three-and-out. Offense 6-2
D — Jeremy Ioane interception. Offense 6-5
D — Fourth-down stop. Defense 8-6
O — Troy Ware 35 pass from Nick Patti (Michael Frisina kick). Offense 13-8
D — Blake Renaud interception. Offense 13-11
O — Jake Van Ginkel 37 field goal. Offense 16-11
D — Held offense to a field goal inside the 25-yard line. Offense 16-12
D — Darren Koontz sack and three-and-out. Offense 16-15
D — Sam Ukwuachu sack and three-and-out. Defense 18-16
D — Three-and-out. Defense 19-16
O — Chris Potter 18 pass from Joe Southwick (Van Ginkel kick blocked). Offense 22-19