Boise State suffers huge loss despite crucial win

The Boise State Broncos pulled off a crucial 34-17 win against the Nevada Wolf Pack this past Saturday at home in Boise, ID. However, the win did not come without a cost. Boise State’s quarterback Joe Southwick left the game with a broken ankle in the first quarter. After losing him, the Broncos had to rely on their backup quarterback Grant Hedrick and their defense to overcome an early Nevada lead.

Nevada opened with a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Brent Zuzo and headed into halftime leading 17-7. Despite the early deficit and loss of Southwick, the Broncos were finally able to pull away in the third with their defense and 557 yards of total offense. However, though Hedrick and the team were able to conquer the play by Nevada, there is no doubt that the Broncos will miss Southwick.

Southwick has a raw QB Rating of 82.4 and is 149-206 this season for 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the game against Utah State, he was 30-44 for 335 yards. The initial ruling following his ankle injury was that he would be out for the remainder of the season. However, head coach Chris Peterson claims that it is possible for Southwick to return this season.

With an injury like this, athletes can expect to be out for at least 9-12 weeks, so it could be wishing thinking that Southwick really will return. Whether he returns or not, Hedrick and co. will have to step up big time in his absence to continue the team’s hot season.

The Nevada game definitely showed promise, as Hedrick and running back Jay Ajayi accounted for 337 yards alone. With Southwick gone, it will be interesting to see how the remainder of the Broncos’ season will play out.


4 thoughts on “Boise State suffers huge loss despite crucial win

  1. mattsinger26

    First and foremost I really liked your title, it definitely caught my attention and made me want to continue reading to find out what it meant. I can also tell you did your research in terms of Southwick’s injury and the figures and facts you bring up about it give the reader some great context in regard to what it means for Boise State. Great stuff!

  2. collinsbradshaw

    I really liked this blog. I think that you could definitely have been a little more clear on your blog considering your title is very to the point. I think you could’ve highlighted what the crucial loss was and why and provide statistics for that as well as highlighting why that was such a crucial win! Other than that, great job.

  3. Maria Torres

    This is a great post that contextualizes the injury. Without the facts of the game and Southwick’s stats, a reader wouldn’t be able to tell how crucial the injury was. You could have heightened that, however, by giving us Hedrick’s stats for the game. A link to wherever you got the length of recovery would enhance this post as well. I would have liked to see how important Southwick is to the Broncos higher up in the story but I think you have great info here!

  4. egrims

    (Commenting here because there’s only one other person on my beat.)
    I think you gave all the basic information I needed to understand what is going on and Boise State’s woes so far this season. What exactly was the injury to Southwick’s ankle? Overall, you did a good job providing numbers and stats to back up your claims as well as what the Broncos did/need to do to recover from the loss. There were also a few grammatical errors, but they didn’t really detract from the post.


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