Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Broncos Go After Florida at Denver Regional Gymnastics Championships

Boise State goes after history this weekend at the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships.  In the next few days, I'll be looking at the field at the Denver Regional.

One team at Boise State's Denver Regional is #1 Florida.  I'll say it--if Boise State doesn't think they can beat Florida, they aren't going to do well this weekend.  They will be intimidated and perform badly.

Here's the reason I say this.  Most people would look at the teams in this regional and say, well, Florida's going to be the top team, but Boise State has a chance at topping Arkansas.  Do you feel that way?  If so, try this on for size.  Arkansas beat Florida earlier this year.  Yep, knocked 'em off in one of the stunning results of the season.  So if Boise State doesn't go into the meet trying to beat Florida, they're likely not going to beat Arkansas either.

At this point, it's mental, and it's all about confidence.  Most of the teams in the Regional Championships are fairly close in ability.  But if you go in perceiving you're not as're not going to be as good.  What I would tell the team is that this is the year you prove yourself.  I don't want you finishing second, I want you finishing first.  Go after Florida.  Whatever score Florida gets, you go one better.

If you can have that attitude and give the Gators a fight, you're going to be right there with them at the end and probably finish second.  At that point, it will be up to Arkansas to keep up.  The Broncos have the talent, they have the experience, and they have the coaches.

Now all they have to do is go out and perform.

Bronco Track Team Hosts All-Idaho Cup

With the weather turning nicer, Boise State's track team is set to host the All-Idaho Cup this weekend in Bronco Stadium.  Action gets underway at noon Friday in the field events while the track events begin at 4.  Field events begin Saturday morning at 10 and the running events start at 1 p.m.

The meet was formed to allow all Idaho teams the chance to compete against each other but Idaho was not able to bring their team down.

Boise State Edges Utah 9-8 in Game One

Boise State pulled magic out of the hat in the seventh inning as Tazz Weatherly rocketed a roundtripper to lead Boise State to a 9-8 over Utah in Salt Lake City.  Weatherly's blow brought her out of a 4-33 slump in game one of a scheduled doubleheader.  Lela Work pitched six innings in relief to earn the win.

The Broncos had taken an 8-6 lead in the previous inning, only to see Utah's Whitney Holm hit a two-run homer to tie. 

Utah grabbed the early lead off Bronco starter Aubray Zell 2-0 but Allie Crump's homer and Mackenzie Whyte's two-out two-RBI single in the second gave Boise State a 3-2 lead.  But the Utes banged out five consecutive hits in the bottom half of the inning to send Zell to the dugout, with the big blast being Holm's first home run of the game.  Bronco catcher Megan Harvey helped the Bronco cause by throwing out two Utes trying to steal.

Facing a 6-3 deficit, Boise State battled back.  Whyte drove in Kelly Sweeney and Holly Bourke's sac fly scored Weatherly in the fourth to make it a 6-5 contest and set the stage for the wild finish.

Whyte had three hits and three RBI's, a run and a stolen base to lead the Bronco cause.  The Utah pitching staff pitched around freshman Devon Bridges, fearing the freshman slugger's ability to leave the yard.

Utah dropped to 15-16 with the loss.

The Sporting News Selects Boise State's Kellen Moore As the Top Collegiate Player

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has been chosen by The Sporting News as the #1 player in the nation in college football.

Senior writer Matt Hayes chose Moore to top the list of 25 players to watch next fall.  "He's a season away from becoming one of the game's all-time greats, from setting records that may never be reached and leading his team where no other non-BCS school has been," Hayes said.

Most people did not realize it at the time, but Moore beat out eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn as the nation's top passer last year with a 182.63 rating.  Moore has already set an all-time record for the lowest interception ratio (in 2009) and is in position to set at least two more NCAA records.  Kellen is 38-2 and is just seven wins away from tying Colt McCoy of Texas for the most wins by a college quarterback.  He is 35 touchdown passes away from the all-time mark held by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech.

Moore's teammate, defensive tackle Billy Winn, is #15 on Hayes' list and is the second-highest defensive tackle.  Winn had four sacks and 9.5 tackles last season.  It's ironic that Winn is so well thought of on the national scene when the Western Athletic Conference never saw fit to name him even All-Conference.

Boise State has this week off for spring break but then will resume spring drills next week leading up to the annual Spring Game Saturday, April 16 at 5 p.m.