BOISE, Idaho The Boise State University football team held its first scrimmage of the summer and junior running back Ian Johnson took advantage. The All-American candidate gained 34 yards on 7 carries in the first series as he touched the ball on seven of the first eight plays in his first action since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
On the second drive, Johnson caught a 42 yard play-action pass from sophomore Nick Lomax, as he accounted for 76 all-purpose yards in the opening two possessions. Johnson would also carry the ball four times from inside the 7-yard line to set up a one-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Taylor Tharp.
Tharp quarterbacked the Broncos on three possessions including the opening drive. He led the team to one score and threw for 116 yards on 7 of 13 passing. The scoring drive Tharp engineered went for 70 yards on 15 plays and was capped off by his one-yard touchdown run. The key play of the drive was a 29 yard pass to Jeremy Childs that moved the offense to the defense’s 7-yard line. The Broncos required seven plays from inside the 7-yard line, including a pass interference call, but they were able to convert for six points.
Freshman wide receiver Titus Young saw extended playing time on the field, seeing reps with the first, second, and third string offenses. He caught 5 balls for 67 yards and had two rushes for 12 yards as he participated in his first collegiate competition.
“It was a different experience,” Young said. “It was higher intensity and higher tempo so I had to play to my best ability and try my hardest. I put out my all and that is all I can do for this Bronco team.”
Coach Chris Petersen reflected on his team’s first scrimmage of the summer.
“I liked the attitude and effort,” Petersen said. “I saw some flashes of excellent football but like most first scrimmages we still have a long ways to go, but we will get there.”
Boise State saw four players other that Tharp take snaps at quarterback during the scrimmage. Nick Lomax completed eight of 13 passes for 93 yards for a 121.06 quarterback rating. Kellen Moore completed five of eight passes for 71 yards for a 137.05 rating. Michael Coughlin attempted 16 passes, completing five for 71 yards with an interception for a 56.06 rating. Wide receiver Tanyon Bissell also took a snap at quarterback in the red zone. He ran a quarterback keeper for 10 yards to the 1-yard line where he had the ball stripped and the defense recovered.
Doug Martin led the team in rushing with 40 yards on seven attempts. Childs finished the scrimmage with 3 catches for 46 yards to finish second among the wide receivers in yards and receptions. On the defensive side of the ball Jarrell Root recorded two sacks for -12 yards. In the kicking game both Kyle Brotzman and Brock Jaramillo each connected on field goals of over 40 yards.
“We just need to be better a week from today than we were today,” said Petersen. “Then we will be making strides in the right direction.”
Boise State football will hold its next scrimmage Friday, August 17, at Bronco Stadium.