By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince said Tuesday that the Broncos’ scoring woes have not affected the morale of his players.
The Broncos didn’t score an offensive point in last week’s 7-6 defeat of BYU. They rank 107th in the nation with 19.7 points per game and 94th in total offense with 355.3 yards per game.
“We had great energy today,” Prince said. “Nobody’s holding their heads down. We did win the game.”
Prince provided few details on what has gone wrong offensively or what needs to happen to get the team back to its usual high-scoring ways.
He was critical of a couple of his own playcalling decisions.
“Part of it is going with some of our bread and butter at key times and that was my fault for not calling some of those things,” he said. “We thought we had some things on BYU, but unfortunately they won those downs.”
On the goal-line stand, Prince wondered if he should have done something other than run the ball. He called two runs and a lateral to tailback D.J. Harper. Coach Chris Petersen called a sneak on fourth-and-goal.
“I was probably a little bit more bull-headed and said we’ve got 1 yard to go, or a half an inch to go, and we’ve got to get it,” Prince said, “so I trusted our O-line.
“… Every one of those plays I called, what I do is I go back and evaluate every one. Hindsight is always 20-20, but we try to make it a learning experience and move forward.”
The Broncos are going to face an interesting challenge this week at New Mexico as they try to get the offense going. The Lobos’ defense has struggled, but the triple-option offense has limited opponents’ offensive chances.
For a team struggling to find offensive rhythm, that’s a recipe for trouble. Texas only got nine full possessions against New Mexico. The Longhorns led 10-0 with a minute left in the first half before their offense started to click. They won 45-0.
“The thing that we talked about is our possessions are going to be precious,” Prince said. “Usually in a game you get maybe 12 or 13 possessions. This game, we might only get the ball nine times. So we’ve got to make every one of those count. They’re definitely going to try to shrink the game and keep the ball out of our hands.”
Senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs on the offense: “I know we keep saying we’re close, but if you look at the film, it’s there. … We’ve done a good job moving the ball for the most part. At the end, we’ve got to capitalize and finish drives. If we do that, it changes the whole dynamic of that game.”
Senior cornerback Jamar Taylor on New Mexico’s offense: “It’s going to see if we’re physical, if we can play with great eyes and play disciplined. … This game is really going to show if we’re disciplined or not.”
I’ve got a Q&A with Mike Atkinson in Saturday’s paper about his pick six. Here’s what he said about the celebration:
“The hard part wasn’t running to the end zone, it was getting hit in the chest and the head. It stopped me from breathing. You’ve got 100 guys pounding on your chest.”
Former Boise State linebacker Korey Hall has joined the Arizona Cardinals. Hall was released earlier this year by the New Orleans Saints.
Hall, of Glenns Ferry, joins two other former Broncos on the Cardinals roster — offensive guard Daryn Colledge and offensive tackle Nate Potter. Hall and Colledge were teammates in Green Bay earlier in their careers.