Otto Kitsinger III
Naming Three Stars is a hockey tradition that over the past few years has become a Bronco tradition. More info here if you are interested.
The Boise State Broncos came away from Saturday with one of their most impressive victories of the season. In Colorado State's defense, they suck pretty bad. Regardless of their suckage, the Broncos played impressively and improved to 9-2 on the season. They also burst back into the BCS top 25. Yawn. On to the stars!
Star No. 3: Holden Huff
Holden Huff may have a sillyish name, but the kid can play. A freshman from Rocklin, California, Huff lines up at 6'5" tall and 213lbs: a nightmare for MWC cornerbacks. Huff has had his best two games of the season last week vs Hawai'i and Saturday against Colorado State. He has great hands and seems to be open at all the right times. A big target for Southwick's occasional wobbly pass, Huff has caught a TD pass in both of the last two games. Numbers for Saturday are as follows:
3 REC., 59 YDS., 19.7 AVG., 33 LNG., 1 TD.
Huff will be an important piece of the Broncos offense for years to come, and he has shown why early on in his college career. Congrats, Huffy, on being Star No. 3 of Boise State's win over Colorado State.
Star No. 2: D.J. Harper
D.J. Harper gave me warm fuzzies all over on Saturday. After a quick and predictably useless series for the Rams, BSU started with the ball on their own 20 yard line. The give was to D.J. who quickly made a cut and scampered outside for an 80 yard touchdown on BSU's first play of the game. It was awesome to see the 12th year senior score big in front of all his friends and family. D.J.'s final numbers are below:
10 CAR., 107 YDS., 10.7 AVG., 80 LNG., 2 TD.
And Harper breaks 100 yards for the 87th time in his career. Joke. But it sure seems like that much. Congrats, D.J., on being Star No. 2 of Boise State's win over Colorado State.
Star No. 1: Joe Southwick
Joe Southwick played the best game of his career on Saturday afternoon. For the first time all year, it was Southwick's offense. It was an offense catered to his strengths, and designed around him putting this team in the best position to win. His numbers are below:
20 ATT., 17 CMP., 216 YDS., 85% CMP%., 33 LNG., 2 TD., 0 INT., 208.7 QB RAT.
Southwick completed 85% of his passes. He didn't throw a pick. And ended with a QB rating of 208. By far his best game of the year. 35 of the Broncos 42 points were scored in the first half while Southwick was still running the offense. Bronco fans everywhere can rejoice. Congrats, Joe, on being Star No. 1 of Boise State's win over Colorado State.
The Goat: Student Section
Now hear me out before you all start an Three Stars mutiny. The students are allowed 5,000 tickets for each home game. No the students do not pay for those tickets when they pick them up. Yes they are paid for somewhere in the student's tuition.
The student section is in just about the worst place possible. It is broken up into an upper and lower level. Nobody ever wants to sit in the upper section unless we're playing Oregon or BYU. The students are loud generally speaking.
My problem is when it's the last game of the season, on senior day, and we have our worst attendance of the season. Students are not the only ones to blame. However, the stadium shots they were showing on the big screen definitely displayed a half empty student section.
Moving the students is not easy. Many on Twitter have argued this point endlessly. Best scenario: move them to the North Endzone where they can be closer and make some real noise. They won't be separated and will likely turn up for more games.
Stop leaving at half time. Start showing up regardless of who we play and what the weather is outside. The students are partially to blame, and the athletic department (or whoever it is that decides where they sit) takes the other half of the blame. We can not scream for all of the pleasures of a major conference and team without having better fan attendance and student participation.
There are over 23,000 students enrolled at Boise State University. 5,000 is not asking too much. My rant is now done.
Who were your stars, and who was your goat? Are we being too hard on the students? Sound off!