BOISE-- The Boise State football team has reached the three week mark in its countdown to kick off against Georgia on September 3. BSU held its first scrimmage of the season on Friday evening. The scrimmage was closed to the media and public, but Broncos were on hand to comment on it on Saturday. According to head coach Chris Petersen, the Bronco defense looked really sharp, while the offense had trouble getting going.
"It was, what's the phrase. Took you back out to the wood shed and let you have it," Petersen said. "Our defense let our offense have it, in a good way. I don't know if it's a good way, from their perspective it was a good way, in a big way. The defense played very well."
The defense allowed just two touchdowns at the scrimmage, and forced four turnovers, one resulting in a touchdown.
"Overall I think our defense did really well," senior defensive tackle Billy Winn said. "When you can limit an offense to a touchdown or two, you know your defense did a really great job. Both sides of the ball, we still have a few things we need to work on if we want to be that dominant team. We just have to keep working on the fundamentals and technique and I think we'll be alright."
Coach Petersen also addressed the firing of BSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier, which was announced on Wednesday. Petersen once again thanked Bleymaier for his service both to the university and to the athletic department. He also commented on the landscape of college athletics, and how it wasn't much of a surprise to hear of the decision to let Bleymaier go.
"I think that this is a tough business, and tough decisions have to be made and are going to be made," Petersen said. "I think you see it more and more everyday. And that's just the nature of the beast. I think we all get it. I think we feel bad for Gene, there's no question about it, he's been here a long time and done a good job. But tough, tough decisions have got to be made, and you go forward."