The first offensive series was picture perfect. A screen pass to Jay Ajayi that put the ball first and goal and a quick slant to Matt Miller for the touchdown and Southwick was done for the evening.
It could not have been more beautifully scripted. It was an unforgettable tribute to Joe Southwick and his dedication to the Broncos. Thanks Coach Pete and Coach Prince. It was a princely gesture.
Enough cannot be said about the Boise goal line defense. There is a certain amount of physicality and strength that goes into a good goal line stand, but more than anything it requires mental toughness, discipline, and agility.
New Mexico had the ball nearly 20% more minutes than Boise, but only managed 17 points. In the second half the Boise defense was incredible, perhaps the best this year.
Jay Ajayi and Matt Miller turned in great performances. Ajayi 147 rushing yards and 105 receiving yards with two touchdowns. Miller had 9 receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
Earlier this year it looked as if Ajayi had given the reins of number one running back to Aaron Baltazar because of problems holding onto the ball. Ajayi’s running improved as he became more ball control conscience.
Grant Hedrick was 13 for 21 with 175 yards and tossed three touchdowns. There were times when he appeared not to be poised, but the Bronco line has trouble picking up blitzes. Several times Hedrick could only run for his life. Yet, good quarterbacks (Kellen Moore) have figured out how to sidestep a blitzing linebacker with the least amount of effort while keeping their eyes down field.
It was an interesting twist to see defensive back Jonathan Moxey show up on the offensive side of the ball. Although he was thrown for a loss it looks as if we may see several different looks next year.
Think about this, Bronco fans; most of the season was played without much of the Bronco elite (Southwick, Baltazar, Moore, and a whole host of seasoned interior linemen hobbled by injuries).
This was not a great season, but not bad either; 8 and 4. Last year Auburn was 3 and 9 and lost to Alabama 49-0. What a difference a year makes. Last year Baylor was 8 and 5. Two years ago Ohio State was 6 and 7.
Where the Broncos will end up in the post season is anybody’s guess, but I’d like to see them matched with Navy or Notre Dame.