Thursday, September 23, 2010.
Plenty of names have been thrown out there as fans speculate on a celebrity picker for ESPN College GameDay Saturday. The Ian and Chrissy Johnson idea is intriguing in more ways than one. They would be recognizable to the national audience (and would bring the house down in the stadium). And then there’s this: Saturday, the day his former team hosts Oregon State, is Ian’s 25th birthday. Anyone remember what Johnson did against the Beavers a few weeks before he turned 21? It was Ian’s breakout night—240 rushing yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns in the 42-14 romp over OSU. Johnson is currently on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, but theoretically he’d be available Saturday. Practice will be over for the week as the Cards gear up for the Raiders Sunday in Glendale.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said earlier this week the one thing he doesn’t want to do on the blue turf is get out to a 14-0 lead. Jokingly, of course. But in each of the Beavers’ visits to Boise State in 2004 and 2006, they scored two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter. And the sleeping Broncos awakened to record victories of 19 and 28 points, respectively. Johnson’s electrifying 59-yard touchdown run opened the floodgates in ’06, as Boise State finished the game with 42 straight points.
Here’s some stuff on Riley’s connection with the state of Idaho, courtesy of former Idaho Stampede general manager and current esteemed BK Football.com blogger John Brunelle. Riley was born in Wallace while his dad, Bud, was head coach at Wallace High. Bud then moved on to Lewiston High, and eventually to the University of Idaho as an assistant under Demosthenes Konstandies Andrecopoulos (uh, that’s Dee Andros). Bud followed Andros to Oregon State when Mike was in junior high. Brunelle, a Bishop Kelly grad, played quarterback at Pacific University in Oregon and says Riley was the secondary coach at Linfield at the time. “I threw many, many interceptions to the Linfield Wildcats DBs, so in a way I helped advance Riley's career,” deadpans Brunelle.
Oregon State’s release this week mentions one OSU player and several current coaches who have played on the blue turf in this series. The Beavers media relations people left one out—an OSU assistant who also played on the blue turf, but as a Bronco. Danny Langsdorf was a backup quarterback for Boise State in Skip Hall’s final year, 1992, and began the season as the Broncos starter in Pokey Allen’s first year, 1993. Langsdorf was relegated to the No. 2 spot when Allen burned Tony Hilde’s redshirt year in the fifth game of the ’93 season. When it became clear that Hilde was going to be the guy the next four years, Langsdorf elected to transfer to Linfield and play for his dad, Ed. Langsdorf has been OC under Riley since 2005.
Boise gets, in effect, six hours worth of national commercial time Saturday—three on ESPN College GameDay and three more on ABC for the Broncos-Beavers game. It will be Boise State’s first telecast on ABC since the 1980 Division I-AA national championship game. ABC was the king of college football back then. And did you know? The Broncos’ first-ever network appearance was an ABC regional telecast of the 1971 Camellia Bowl from Sacramento, a 32-28 win over Chico State. The play-by-play man was Keith Jackson.
Injury-challenged Fresno State goes to confidence-challenged Ole Miss in another marquee WAC matchup. The Bulldogs found a replacement last week for running back Robbie Rouse, out with shoulder and ankle injuries, as sophomore A.J. Ellis exploded for 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his first start at Utah State. And junior Leslie Cooper, taking over at right guard for Andrew Jackson and his high ankle sprain, helped the offensive line in yielding just one sack and opening up holes to the tune of five yards per carry. The guy who will be missed the most: Devon Wylie, the senior wide receiver who remains out indefinitely with a foot injury that required surgery last week. But, even with Jeremiah Masoli, Ole Miss is 1-2, coming off an ugly home loss to Vanderbilt.
Tyler Colvin, a popular Boise Hawk in 2006, has been released from a Miami hospital, three days after part of a broken bat punctured his chest. Colvin, a former Clemson Tiger, is headed home to South Carolina to recover. The wound by the splinter allowed air into Colvin’s chest and threatened to collapse his lung. Treatment with a chest tube worked well enough for doctors to grant Colvin his release. AOL Fanhouse says he has reached out to Welington Castro, the former Hawk whose bat shattered in the incident, to ensure him that he shouldn’t feel badly.
From the “where are they now” file: Clay Moser, the former president and GM of the Idaho Stampede (and one-time head coach at TVCC), has been named the top assistant with the D-League’s Reno Bighorns. Moser worked with Bighorns coach Eric Musselman at Sacramento and Golden State in the NBA. Moser has worn many hats, from front offices to NBA scouting. He most recently was head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBADL, where he was 21-29 two seasons ago.
Dallas Stars training camp is underway, and one attendee may be a key component on this season’s Idaho Steelheads roster. Tyler Beskorowany was signed by the Steelheads to back up one of last season’s co-starters in goal, Richard Bachman, in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Beskorowany is one of 12 recent Idaho players in the Stars camp and is the odds-on favorite to start for the Steelies this season. He played for Dallas in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Michigan earlier this month. Beskorowany split time in net and started the Stars’ final game, a 7-2 loss to the New York Rangers. He allowed six goals but apparently didn’t have a lot of defensive support, facing 41 shots. Steelheads training camp is now just a week and a half away.
This Day In Sports…September 23, 1978:
Cedric Minter sets Boise State’s single-game rushing record with a 261-yard performance in the Broncos’ 31-21 win over Northern Michigan, including a then-record 77-yard touchdown run. It was Northern Michigan’s second visit to Boise—three years earlier they had come in to open the Division II playoffs and beat BSU, 24-21. That game ended with sophomore quarterback Steve Mariucci leading a victory jog down the field, infuriating BSU coach Tony Knap.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)