BOISE, Idaho Big plays highlighted the second scrimmage of the spring with both the offense and defense making big plays Friday at Bronco Stadium.Senior Taylor Tharp bounced back from a poor first scrimmage leading the Bronco offense to touchdowns in both of his series. The first came on the opening drive of the scrimmage with Tharp leading the offense 70 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped when Tharp found Tanyon Bissell on a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Tharp, who finished the scrimmage 9-of-11 for 122 yards with two touchdowns, also connected with freshman running back Jeremy Avery on a 6-yard touchdown pass.
Junior Bush Hamdan completed 5-of-7 passes for 34 yards, while sophomore Nick Lomax went 3-of-3 for 30 yards and freshman Mike Coughlin connected on 3-of-6 passes for 58 yards but had a pair of interceptions.Tim Brady intercepted the first Coughlin pass and returned in 40 yards for a touchdown. Marty Tadman intercepted his second pass. Tadman also added a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown during the red-zone offensive series.
Bissell led all receivers with 50 yards receiving, while Jeremy Childs caught two passes for 40 yards. Avery had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.The Bronco defense held Boise State’s offense, playing without Ian Johnson and Vinny Perretta, to just 50 yards rushing on 20 carries. Aiona Key had 29 of those on a reverse.
Boise State has four more days of spring practice with the annual Spring Game on Friday, April 13, at 6:00 p.m. at Bronco Stadium.