The Boise State Broncos had little trouble with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday, building a 30-0 lead on their way to a 40-14 win in Hattiesburg, Miss. Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick had a solid day, completing 18 of 27 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns, but it was the Boise State defense that stole the show on Saturday.
The Broncos forced five turnovers against the Golden Eagles, three fumbles and two interceptions, which set the Boise State offense up for easy scores all afternoon long. The five forced turnovers came one week after the Broncos capitalized on three New Mexico fumbles to escape with a 32-29 victory.
SB Nation's Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God listed its top five plays from the game, and it seems only fitting a defensive play would be ranked No. 1:
1. Tyler Gray's 34-yard interception return
The true freshman linebacker turned invisible and picked off a Ricky Lloyd pass intended for, nearest I could tell, Gray. He took the pick back to the Southern Miss 11-yard line where Matt Miller scored one play later. Gray's pick came at the end of an underwhelming first quarter for the Broncos, one in which Southwick got picked and SoMiss missed an easy field goal. The game turned on this interception, so I guess we should all thank Ricky Lloyd for being so generous and blind.
Boise State, now 4-1 on the year, will host the Fresno State Bulldogs next Saturday at Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT.