Boise State QB Joe Southwick keeps lucky 'stache

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick is keeping his mustache through the bowl game. All four quarterbacks grew them for the Colorado State game Nov. 17.

“We came out and had a really good game — I think I was 17-for-20 that game,” Southwick said Monday, as four Broncos met with the media to talk about the Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. “So I said you know what guys, you guys can shave them, I think I’m going to keep mine. So I kept it and Nevada came around and we played well, so I said, ‘I can’t shave it.’ ”

Southwick said he’s getting “some grief” for his new look, but he also had some support on the sideline at Nevada.

“For the Nevada game, (strength coach Tim) Socha did a mustache with me,” Southwick said. “I think he looked pretty ridiculous, so I really thank him for doing that with me.”


None of the other quarterbacks kept their mustaches.

“Parents got involved,” Southwick said.

You can’t argue with the results. Southwick was 17-of-20 for 216 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State and 19-of-26 for 199 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada. He also rushed for a season-high 25 yards against Nevada. He didn’t have any turnovers in those games.


Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said Monday that he has had no conversations with coach Chris Petersen about him wanting to interview for other jobs. Petersen is required to provide 24 hours notice before engaging in talks with another school.


MAACO Bowl Executive Director Dan Hanneke visited Boise on Monday and took part in a press conference with Coyle.

“(Boise State) is a quality, quality program and has such great name recognition,” Hanneke said. “When it came down to the final decision that Sunday, Boise was always at the top of our list. We couldn’t be more happy, to have the matchup we do with Boise State facing Washington.”

Part of the visit by the MAACO Bowl officials involved presenting a “gift suite” to the players, who were able to select their bowl gifts. A mountain bike was among the popular selections.


The MAACO Bowl has about 3,000 local tickets left, Hanneke said. Capacity is about 35,000 and each team received 11,000 tickets.

Boise State has sold about 3,100, Coyle said. Washington officials said they could provide an update Tuesday.

Boise State distributed about 5,000 tickets to last year’s MAACO Bowl. That includes tickets for the band and player comps. Many more fans bought tickets from other sources.


Southwick on Washington:

“They’re a very good defense. They’re assignment sound. They don’t give up freebies. A very fast squad. The front seven is young, but they’re physical. … I’m impressed.”


Southwick on the Boise State scout team defense:

“That defensive scout team was good. There were some games I would argue our scout team gave us some comparable if not better looks. There’s a lot of talent on that whole squad. … I’m excited to see them get in the mix.”


UTEP hired former Boise State assistant head coach and offensive line coach Sean Kugler on Monday to run the Miners program. Kugler was with the Broncos in 2006, on Petersen’s original staff.

The El Paso Times initially reported that former Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate will serve as Kugler’s defensive coordinator, but Kugler told the newspaper Monday that he had not hired him yet. Choate left Boise State earlier this year to become the linebackers coach at Washington State. His goal was to become a defensive coordinator.

Of the nine full-time assistants on Petersen’s 2006 staff, Choate's hiring would make seven head coaches or coordinators — Kugler, Choate, wide receivers coach Brent Pease (offensive coordinator, Florida), offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin (co-offensive coordinator, Texas), defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (defensive coordinator, Washington), defensive line coach Pete Kwiatkowski (defensive coordinator, Boise State) and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates (co-defensive coordinator, Texas A&M). The others are tight ends coach Scott Huff (tight ends/special teams, Boise State) and linebackers coach Viliami Tuivai (out of college coaching).

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Better grow a beard, Joe

If you did that well with just a mustache . . .

If it's working...keep the stache!!

I wondered what he was doing with that ugly thing but now I like it. Maybe we should all wear mustaches in Vegas!

That ain't much of a 'stache,

When my 92 year old aunt from Czechoslovakia died, she had a better one than that,LOL....Sunny...

Oh ..


Looks like an episode of Miami Vice.


Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

He'll shave after Washington....

Washington is the PAC12 6th best team. With them losing to WSU with an 18 point 4th quarter lead, I believe they are coming into Maaco fired up and something to prove....

I think Boise loses by 2 touchdowns on this one....


First, think the stache just does not look right on Southwick, but that is a matter of taste. However, if it brings him luck LEAVE IT ON!

Second, I think ugly will be wrong (again, and again, and again, ....)in fact has he ever been right?

Go BSU!! And here is hoping that Coach Pete does not even think about leaving us. It's been a strange year, but once again the team and the coaching staff has made me proud to be a BSU fan.

Korp....My prediction record is parallel to none. Even the great

vndl has had a good streak lately, but I have had numerous come true with a marginal level of failure.

Yes, Washington will beat Boise State in Maaco....that is not a hope as I dont wish any ill-will on any team, but just a prediction thru these lenses.

1. Washington was embara$$ed by WSU
2. Washington is young and fast
3. Washington D will keep Southwick guessing
4. Washington that beat Stanford and OSU will show again
5. Boise is showing a bit of arrogance since CSU, especially at Nevada. Not arrogance in a bad way, but in a way that they think they are better than they really are. At years end, they played nobody in BCS top 25 and was a good 10-2 but against teams that were around 55 wins and 87 losses. Washington is better than Nevada.

time will tell....

That first staff Coach Pete put together was awesome

And I think Sean Kugler was the best of all of them. That offensive line was great all year and the Broncos ran the ball extremely well.

Not sure what to think of the stache.

Φ Making what coach Pete

has been able to maintain all the more remarkable.

BSU is currently -5/-5.5 and will be fine in the bowl. Opponents have a success rate of 84.21% against the Huskies in the red zone (32/38 scores).

As a Husky fan razor...

...has Wilcox been a disappointment so far? Those numbers you put up tell a lot about that defense this season.

Φ Better than Holt

and it's just one season. I don't know their personnel nearly as well as in the past, but I think the Dawgs are pretty young and don't have much depth on D. They are inconsistent ... and you know what that means. They also don't look very good laterally. Shaq Thompson (S) and Desmond Trufant (CB, Marcus' brother) have been two of their studs on D, meaning the secondary is probably their strength.

Chris Polk leaving early for the NFL really hurt (over 4,700 total yards and 34 TDs). Solid power runner with very good speed and he wasn't even drafted (with the Eagles now). If he had stayed, it would have taken a lot of pressure off Keith Price, who hasn't had nearly as good a 2012 as last year. Bishop Sankey took over for Polk and he's good ... but not a power inside threat. They don't have that. Plus, they lost RB Jesse Callier to injury early (don't remember, but might have been preseason).

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (TE, soph) is their main threat through the air. He's 6'6" and also plays on the Husky basketball team. Guy is a horse and I will be shocked if he doesn't go in the first round at some point. Cody Bruns (Prosser HS) and Kasen Williams are two other main targets for Price.

So, no, the Husky D isn't good ... yet. Wilcox needs a couple more clásses to really see what he can do.

ps - Reading comments on the Husky boards I don't get a sense of frustration with the defense. Most of the griping is directed at Price.

pps - This game will be fun and all, but I'm not that excited about it (will be come game time). It's the next one that matters more.

Freddie Mercury????

Is that you? Whatever it takes to give you confidence is fine by me. Please Joe....rrrrrr.....Freddie, feel free to check down from Matt Miller once in awhile in tight situations, you've got plenty of guys who can tote the rock.

Can somebody please remind the compliance dept.(the one under Kustra's watch) to remind Boldewijn's host family to check with said compliance dept. before providing any gratuitous items to one Mr. Boldewijn following the close of this season........good grief, lets not have a 3-peat.

Anyone know status on suspension of Hightower and Plinke?

They'll both probably be back for Spring Ball


heh heh

“Parents got involved,” Southwick said.

I didn't realize he was a funny guy. :-D


Reno 911