Southwick's final play on the blue

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Southwick's final play on the blue


by Jay Tust

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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 1:12 PM

BOISE -- Anyone who has ever talked with Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick about football knows the type of competitor he is. From having to be the one to replace Kellen Moore, to return to the field early from a broken ankle, that competitiveness has made him who he is.

With that in mind, during Saturday night's final home game, he got the moment and memory he deserved ever since he stepped on campus five years ago.

At his weekly press conference on Monday, coach Pete delivered the news, "I think he'll be the first guys to run out of the tunnel."

Southwick would attempt to return from his broken ankle and play in the final home game of his career.

A recap of his recovery shows his return was nothing short of miraculous.

Four weeks after the injury, he showed up in warmed ups.

And the following week, he traveled with the team to San Diego as an emergency backup plan.

Saturday night, his moment became real. After Bronco nation welcomed him to the blue one last time, Southwick embraced his family.

Moments later, coach Pete called his number.

On the second play of the game, Southwick attempted his first pass. He completed it to Jay Ajayi, who was eventually forced out at the two yard line.

While initially, one wondered if Southwick's moment had come up just short. in reality, it was only building.  On the very next play, his final as a Bronco on the blue, he delivered a touchdown strike to Matt Miller.

After that, junior quarterback Grant Hedrick came on in relief and finished out the game. Although Southwick was tough to pry off the field, the focus now was making sure his last game on the blue wouldn't be the last of his entire career.

The Broncos went on to defeated New Mexico 45-17.