BOISE, Idaho – Sherm Blaser caught a four-yard pass from Mike Coughlin on fourth and four on the final play of the spring game to give the offense a 27-26 win over the defense on Friday night at Bronco Stadium in front of 6,831 fans.The offense rallied for the win in the spring game that featured a creative scoring system that gave the offense points for things such as explosive plays and three consecutive first downs on a drive, while the defense could counter with points on things like three and outs, sacks, turnovers among other things.
The Blaser catch kept the offense from giving up a point on what would have been a stop by the defense.
The scrimmage signaled the end of spring practice for Boise State. The defense, despite losing on the scoreboard was impressive forcing a fumble and returning it deep into the offensive territory to set up an eventual 35-yard field goal by Kyle Brotzman.
The defense also picked off a pass, while holding Bronco quarterbacks to just 47.5 percent completion percentage and the offense’s ground game to just 2.2 yards per carry.
Dallas Dobbs led all Bronco defenders with six tackles while freshman Jason Robinson had five tackles. Ellis Powers finished with four tackles, two pass breakups and an interception. Sean Bingham and Kyle Gingg forced fumbles and Marty Tadman and Jeron Johnson recovered fumbles.
Offensively, freshman running back Jeremy Avery was impressive rushing for 72 yards on 12 carries (6.0 ypc), while catching one pass for 35 yards to finish with 107 all-purpose yards.
Brotzman impressed in kicking duties. In addition to making the 35-yard field goal, he converted a 49-yard field goal as well.
Vinny Perretta scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, while Michael Lose capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown reception from Nick Lomax late in the scrimmage to put the offense ahead.
Bush Hamdan led all Boise State quarterbacks with 68 yards passing while completing 4-of-11 passes. Taylor Tharp was 8-of-16 for 57 yards. Coughlin went 2-for-6 for 21 yards and Lomax was 5-of-7 for 30 yards with a touchdown and an interception.Tanyon Bissell led all receivers with 42 yards on two catches.