BOISE-- Fans and media were not allowed to attend Boise State's first scrimmage of the Fall on Friday. All reports out of the scrimmage are that fans didn't miss much, especially from the Bronco offense.
"What I did like, I saw some big plays, made on both sides," Idaho head coach Robb Akey said. "That was the good thing. Our offense comes right out of the shoots and bam, it's a one hit deal. There's Reader to Veltung for a touchdown, I saw that a couple of times today and I thought that was awesome. The defense really gave up some big plays, but also had some great goal line stands after they had given up some yardage, but then they got it stoned. Great for the defense there."
The BSU offense managed just two scores on the day. To add insult to injury, the defense forced four turnovers, one of which was a fumble returned for a touchdown. Needless to say, Bronco head coach Chris Petersen is expecting more from what should be a talented unit.
"Our defense has seen our offense, and we really haven't put anything in to try to keep them off balance," Petersen said. "And we put pretty good players on the other side. But, they're going to have to clean up details. I think we're getting a real nice fundamental base built, I really do. But then once you get that built, what's going to start separating the good from the great is all these details. There's a lot of little details that we need to get cleaned up in a hurry."
The Broncos will have one more scrimmage on Saturday, September 20, starting at 7 p.m.
Offense wasn't a problem when the Idaho Vandals hosted their first scrimmage of the season on Wednesday. The Vandal offense, led by first-year starting quarterback Brian Reader, had no trouble getting on the board. Reader tallied four scores on the day, completing nine passes for 222 yards. His favorite target was Justin Veltung, who finished the day with two touchdowns and 115 receiving yards.
The Vandals open the season at home against North Dakota on September 10.