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September 8, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Boise State post-mortem

As expected, there was a lot of happiness after this one.
But it was also pretty reserved as I think the Huskies know that as good a win as this was — who could have really thought UW could hold Boise State to 10 points? — there is still some work to be done.
“I don’t think we played our best football today as a defensive line,” said defensive tackle Jordan Reffett. “But we found a way to make things happen and the secondary came up big today. Last week, it was the defensive line. This week it was the secondary and the linebackers. It’s a good feeling to know we can shut down that kind of offense.”
Offensively, the Huskies looked great early, then seemed to stagnate when the Broncos made a few adjustments.
“They started heating us up a little bit (bringing pressure) and that got us out of our rhythm,” said UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. “And we did not execute as well. We flat out did not execute. Their pressure hurt us a little bit, but we made a lot of mistakes and we’ve got to get that cleaned up. Next week we’re going to have to play four quarters against the team, we are playing against, so we have to get that fixed.”
The defense was the obvious highlight. But before getting too excited, I would remind that Syracuse just looks flat out awful (here’s the result of today’s game with Iowa in which the Orange is getting beat even worse) and Boise State seemed to make a lot of errors of its own.
Boise State had nine penalties for 63 yards and four turnovers and a lot of other plays that just seemed sloppy. The new QB and receiving corps seemed to obviously be a little out-of-rhythm at times.
“Too many turnovers, too many penalties,” said Boise State coach Chris Petersen. Every time we got something going, we had to bring it back. … I think the tape will be very painful because there are a lot of little things. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.”
There was much talk during the week about how Boise State liked to use a lot of formations and trickery to get defenses off guard. But the Huskies said they saw little of that.
“I was actualy pretty surprised that they didn’t move around as much as I thought they would,” said UW linebacker Dan Howell. “They may have one or two formations we hadn’t seen, but for the most part, everything we saw was pretty much what we expected.”
HERE ARE A FEW OTHER NOTES:
Injury report — As noted earlier, CB Byron Davenport apparently hurt the other hamstring. Unknown how long he may be out, but problems to both hamstrings for a cornerback doesn’t sound good. There didn’t appear to be any other new injuries. Louis Rankin revealed he hurt his ankle last week in the second quarter and said he was “babying” that today. Wilson Afoa also was in and out of the lineup with an injury of some sort. And WR Cody Ellis went in for one play and then seemed slow going back off and I never saw him go in again.
McDowell sizes them up Vonzell McDowell Jr. got the first interception of his UW career late in the game, a critical play that went a long way toward sealing the win. And it came on a play that showed some maturity beyond his years as he said he read BSU’s formation as the Broncos came to the line and noticed it as one that had been run earlier in the same down and distance. “I knew the ball was going to come fast and I had to react fast,” McDowell said.
Second-half offensive struggles — Willingham said the offensive problems in the second half were a combation of BSU’s adjustments and the Huskies not executing. “I think it’s both,” he said, citing the five dropped passes as an example of UW’s lack of execution.
More later, including grading the game.

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