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.