Boise State Broncos trounce Tennessee-Martin 63-14
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Tennessee-Martin coach Jason Simpson was candid when asked if his team could take something positive from a 63-14 loss at Boise State on Saturday.
"No, not really," Simpson said. "You're either going to win or you're going to lose. We won last week and we lost this week."
"I knew on tape we were going to have to play pretty much mistake free. We clearly did not do that and they took advantage of everything we gave them."
The Skyhawks were hurt by four interceptions and two fumbles.
"We just had too many turnovers to do us any favors," he said. "We stopped some things, but with all the penalties ... you just can't beat a good team like that."
"We have a big time opponent next week, Central Arkansas," Simpson said. "They're in the (Football Championship Subdivision) Top 10. So we can't play like we did today. We have to get better."
Joe Southwick threw five touchdown passes and Boise State (1-1) produced 472 yards of offense.
Coach Chris Petersen installed the new offense this season, after the Broncos slumped to an average of 30 points per game last year. It looked like a bad idea after their worst defeat in eight years, a 38-6 loss at Washington that knocked them from the Top 25.
"I was just pleased how the guys worked all week, and just got better from last week," Petersen said. "It's always a working progress. I think we learned a lot of things from the last game we played."
"Yeah it felt good," Southwick said. "I think it's just good to go out and execute."
"That's a good feeling putting up 63 points as an offense." He added.
Tennessee-Martin (1-1), an FCS team from the Ohio Valley Conference, couldn't stop the Broncos.
This was the first meeting between the programs, and the longest trip west Tennessee-Martin has made for a football game.
Boise State, which has won 12 consecutive home openers on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium, led 49-7 at halftime. They substituted freely in the second half.
Tennessee-Martin fell to 1-15 against FBS programs in its history, beating Memphis last season.
Southwick, who was pulled from the game early in the second half, completed 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards. He was not intercepted.
"I feel like every week he's just getting better," said receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes.
Jay Ajayi ran for 80 yards on 15 carries and scored twice for the Broncos. Williams-Rhodes caught 7 passes for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Tennessee-Martin quarterback Dylan Favre completed 15 of 22 passes for 155 yards and was intercepted three times. DJ McNeil led the Skyhawks in rushing with 87 yards and Jeremy Butler caught 9 passes for 118 yards.
Boise State scored first when Ajayi ran 11 yards up the middle for a touchdown to cap a 9-play, 70-yard drive in the first quarter.
Tennessee-Martin replied with a 75-yard drive requiring 13 plays. Favre, a nephew of NFL great Brett Favre, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Trent Garland to tie the score at 7-7 with 2:49 left in the first quarter.
Then the wheels fell off for the Skyhawks.
Boise State struck right back on the next series, with Southwick lofting a 54-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Aaron Burks for a 14-7 lead.
Then Boise State recovered an on-side kick at the Tennessee-Martin's 43. Southwick's 5-yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller gave the Broncos a 21-7 lead in the opening seconds of the second quarter.
"That was definitely a momentum shift," Southwick said.
After Tennessee-Martin turned the ball over on downs, Boise State drove 63 yards on a series aided by two pass interference calls against the Skyhawks. Ajayi's touchdown run from the 11 lifted Boise State to a 28-7 lead.
Boise State scored again on Southwick's 5-yard pass to Kirby Moore for a 35-7 lead late in the second quarter. The drive was kept alive by a 28-yard reception by Geraldo Boldewijn on fourth-and-9.
Jarod Neal replaced Favre at quarterback for the Skyhawks, but his first pass was intercepted by Bryan Douglas and returned 33 yards for a touchdown that gave Boise State a 42-7 lead with 5:03 left in the second quarter.
The Skyhawks fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Boise State recovered at Tennessee-Martin's 15. Southwick fired a touchdown pass to Shane Williams-Rhodes for a 49-7 lead.
The second half started much the same. On a fourth-and-7 play, Southwick threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Williams-Rhodes for a 56-7 lead.
Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick ran 50 yards for a touchdown midway through the third for a 63-7 Boise State lead.
DJ McNeil scored on a 4-yard-run for the Skyhawks with 13:08 left in the game.