BOISE, Idaho The Blue team dominated the first half of play, but the White team’s defense and trickery pushed them ahead as they defeated the Blue team, 14-10, in Boise State’s Blue and Orange Game, Friday.
It seemed as if the first quarter could have gone scoreless, but the Blue team was able to put points up on the board as Kyle Brotzman kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:35 left on the clock. The tough defensive play continued, but the Blue team managed to score the first touchdown of the game when wide receiver Titus Young caught a 13-yard pass from Kellen Moore to end the first half.
Despite being down 10 points entering the second half of play, the White team began to fight its way back as it scored its first touchdown of the game as Mike Coughlin connected with wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker on a 26-yard pass.
The biggest play of the spring came when the White team regained possession late in the fourth quarter. Down three with less than four minutes to play, Coughlin pitched the ball left to Matt Kaiserman, which was reversed to wide receiver Austin Pettis who threw up an 85-yard pass to Shoemaker for the game winning touchdown.
For the Blue team, Moore connected on 10-of-16 passes for 106 yards while Drew Hawkins was 4-of-10 for 57 yards with two interceptions. It was running back Jeremy Avery that led the Blue offensively with 57 all-purpose yards, while safety Winston Venable tallied six tackles. The Blue team totaled 231 offensive yards on the day, with 163 passing and 68 rushing.
Defense was key for the White team as defensive back Cedric Febis led the team with seven tackles. Corner back Jamar Taylor and defensive lineman Jarrell Root each picked up an interception. While Pettis had the longest pass of the day (85 yards), Coughlin went 7-for-13 for a total of 81 yards. Overall, the White team passed for 166 yards and ran for 57 to bring its game total to 223 offensive yards.
The Blue and Orange game marked the end of spring workouts for the Broncos and will return to the gridiron for fall camp as they prepare for the 2009 season. Boise State will open its season against Oregon on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 8:15 p.m.