Q&A: Boise’s Chris Petersen has ‘put ‘05 Georgia game out of my mind’

Boise State coach Chris Petersen exults after the Broncos beat TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to finish the 2009 season 14-0. (AP photo)

Boise State coach Chris Petersen exults after the Broncos beat TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl to finish the 2009 season 14-0. (AP photo)

Q&A WITH BOISE STATE COACH CHRIS PETERSEN

Boise State coach Chris Petersen visited with Georgia media via teleconference call on Monday. Following is most of the pertinent stuff he had to say. You’ll see some of these comments in a story I’m doing later today or tomorrow, but I wanted to go ahead and share with the loyal blog followers.

Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt will get a chance to put his spin on Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game later today. His weekly pregame press conference is scheduled for noon. I’ll share what he and selected Bulldogs players have to say shortly after that session wraps up early this afternoon. I’ll tweet out the really good stuff as soon as I hear it.

Now, from Petersen, 46, who was Boise State’s offensive coordinator when it visited Athens in 2005. He’s 61-5 since succeeding Dan Hawkins as the Bronco’s head coach in 2006:

Q: You guys seem to love opening with these big road games, beating Oregon and Virginia Tech most recently. What’s your philosophy as far as playing high-profile openers?

A: “On one hand they’re good, because you get associated with a program like Georgia, who we have so much respect for,” Petersen said. “On the other hand, they’re bad because you’ve got to play at an extremely high level. We will have had a bunch of kids who have never played in this type of thing. It’s a flip of the coin, a Catch-22 in some ways. I guess we feel the benefits outweigh the negatives as far as playing these types of games.”

Q: Do you think you can ever get a major opponent to come open at your place?

A: “I envision it. I don’t know if it will happen, but I envision it. I know our fans would love it,” he said. “I think it would be great for college football to get someone like a Georgia to come here. Oregon has come here and Oregon State has come here, so that’s been great. I think everybody enjoyed those games.”

Q: Having knocked off Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech must give your team tremendous confidence for a game such as this.

A: “Those are some of the things that we’ve done in the past,” Petersen said. “Nobody really cares about that once this season starts. It’s all about what have you done for me lately. And we get that. So if we can play well and win some games this year, people will think highly of us. And if not, they’ll think we used to be good.”

Q: Kellen Moore is on track to become the winningest quarterback in college football history this season. Did you envision that for him when you signed him?

A: “Absolutely [sarcastically]. Kellen has been so great. He was one of those under-recruited guys so if anybody had any idea he would have this kind of ability. I don’t anybody predicted that. You hope for all those things. But he has a great feel for this team and he’s done a great job. I’d like to say we predicted it, but he’s put up the numbers. Like Aaron Murray, he played as a redshirt freshman for us and came into the game playing at a high level from the start.”

Q: What do you remember, or take from, the 2005 Georgia game (Bulldogs won 48-13)?

A: “First of all, I don’t remember the game. I put that out of my mind. So that takes care of that.”

Q: OK, you don’t remember the game … but what have been the keys to how the Boise State program has evolved since 2005?

A: “It’s such a slow process. Nothing happens fast. I think slowly but surely we have just continued to build. And we’ve had good continuity on our staff, and maybe the recruiting has upgraded a little bit. Nothing seems dramatic. It just seems like it’s been going on for a while, and each year we’ve maybe made a little bit of progress. And then it’s cyclical, too, because the last couple of years we just had a lot of guys who have played a lot, they had a lot of experience. Two years ago, we lost two starters; that was it. And last year, we had a lot of guys coming back as well. And we have a decent handful of guys coming back [this year], but we have a lot of guys who haven’t played that need to be factors for us. It’s just a slow process that you keep building on.”

Q: Is Boise State still a “Cinderella” team or is it beyond that?

A: “I think every year it’s a new ballgame. Those are some of the things we’ve done in the past, and nobody really cares about that. Once this season starts, it’s all about, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ We get that. And if we can play well and win some games this year, people will think highly of us. And if not, they will think, ‘They used to be good.’”

Q: Boise State is probably known for its great trick plays on offense as much as anything. Do you spend months researching and designing them?

A: “It’s really just an extremely small part of what we do. I know it gets people’s attention and people like to talk about it. We try to be creative around here a little bit, but really in the big picture it’s a pretty small piece of what we’re actually doing.”

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109 comments Add your comment

38 Yardline Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:24 am

He’ll remember soon enough.

Keith

August 30th, 2011
9:27 am

Thanks to Boykin- sure they will be ready

German Shepherd Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:28 am

Good one, 38 Yardline Dawg. And thanks for saying something cogent to the article.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 30th, 2011
9:32 am

Good perspective. Once the season starts it is not about last year or the year before. It is about what have you done for me lately. Some UGA could take note of those comments. It is 2011 and this is a new team. Lets get on the bus or get off some UGA fans need to make that choice, because if we start out 2-0 the bus will damn sure be filled with some of you guys who trashed this team and staff all Summer.

JB

August 30th, 2011
9:32 am

Not only is this a big game for the Dawgs and their fans, it’s a big game for the SEC, And I know the BCS bowl folks are pulling for us, because a 12-0 Boise with that Schedule does not represent the best of college football. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t. you can’t play 9 teams ranked 71st and higher and expect to play for the national title. You think they would let a 12-0 Georgia team do it with 9 wins against so called patsies?

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
9:33 am

The first domino has fallen. Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12; NYTimes has the scoop. I expect that the PAC-12 will act quickly to move to 14 teams. I’d think that Boise State has at least an outside shot due to their proximity, if not one of the 1st 2 teams, perhaps the 2nd round of expansion. That would prompt an expansion of the stadium and other facility upgrades.

goldwreck

August 30th, 2011
9:34 am

If Boise State beats Georgia and Georgia stumbles through the season,Peterson may be on McGarrity’s short list.Peterson may be
getting an early interview with this game.

JB

August 30th, 2011
9:38 am

Why would Peterson come to Athens and play in that meat grinder when he can stay at Boise and win 10-11 games EVERY year and get a raise EVERY year as his name comes up? I think he is a good coach, But Paul Johnson AND Mark Richt could win 10-11 games every year out there.

JB

August 30th, 2011
9:40 am

When A&M comes, who does the East invite in to balance the conference? Clemson?

Eat'em UP!!!

August 30th, 2011
9:40 am

he remembers, I remember.. I am hoping for some DeJaVu!!!!!
GATA!!!

German Shepherd Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:41 am

Why bother to answer a guy who calls himself goldwreck?

Zoli

August 30th, 2011
9:43 am

This game is circled on both teams calendars. I like the DAWGS in this one. Not only because I am a homer, but because I was at the game in ‘05. We have all the pieces of the puzzle in place to make this a W. Zebranski was just as hyped for the Heisman and he threw 5 pics. We are big and fast on D and I expect to see some of the same results!

Dawg Tell

August 30th, 2011
9:45 am

Boise State welcome to Dawg country!! Now let’s GATA!!!!

A Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:45 am

red Jones is my girl

A Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:45 am

Snoop Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:46 am

This is the biggest game of Mark Richt’s career. Please prove Snoop Dawg wrong and show us that you are a worthy head coach for the University of Georgia.

Losing to Boise State in our roller derby uniforms would be extremely embarassing to UGA, the State of Georgia, and the SEC. Every living alumnus would be eating big time crow. All deceased alumni would be rolling over in their graves.

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
9:46 am

JB – It’s kind of ironic, because the guy that received the notice from the president of A&M, the Big 12 chairman is chancellor of Missouri. Missouri has been mentioned in conference expansions for over a year for the Big Ten and the SEC.

GeoffDawg

August 30th, 2011
9:46 am

Who are we kidding Keith? This is their season opener against an SEC opponent on national television. If they weren’t ready before, nothing Boykin can tweet will change that.

A Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:46 am

After the game im gonna beat a DEAD horse

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
9:52 am

Like a rented mule, I bet.

SSG Desert Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:54 am

No disrespect to VT (they are by far the best team in the ACC) or Oregon of 09, the neither of those teams have the athletes that UGA has. I hear about how their DL lead the nation in sacks last year, but they only played one good team ( I feel the same about TCU as I do Boise St.), and they obviously got them at a vulnerable time because VT lost to James Madison the next week. I think our Defense has progressed enough to make this a win for the Dawgs. I think the offense will put up enoght points. Boise definitely didn’t shut down VT, and I think our offense is better than theirs was. I don’t think it will be a game of 2005 proportions, but I think we will win, and I don’t think it will come down to the last drive.

Phuch Le` Duch

August 30th, 2011
9:54 am

(pronounced / foosh le duke)

G.Shep.Dawg;
I seemed to have missed your cogent remark pertaining to the article ?

Here’s mine:
Chris Petersen comes across as being a bit smug.
Don’t you think ?

SSG Desert Dawg

August 30th, 2011
9:55 am

*but neither of those teams, is how it should read.

bitter vince dooly

August 30th, 2011
9:57 am

got to watch out for that kellen moore fellow————–im worried 38-2 and ive got a QB named

———after a male deer(buck)————-no hershal———–god help us

—————————–back to my flower garden————————-go dawgs—hahahah

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
10:01 am

Enter your comments here

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
10:02 am

ZinoDawg

August 30th, 2011
10:02 am

GATA. It’s time to tee it up boys!

D man

August 30th, 2011
10:14 am

This is Georgias biggest game this season. Win and we should have beaten a smaller team. Lose and we are out of the BCS picture early.

Phuch Le` Duch

August 30th, 2011
10:16 am

(pronounced / foosh le duke)

goldwreck – so if Tech stumbles and loses to West Carolina;
setting off a chain reaction that produces another less than savory season
with more losses than wins, including a loss to the hated Dawgs;
would Dennis Wagner be auditioning for the job currently held
by the esteemed PJohnson at said engineering & trade school.
Mr Wagner of course being the Head football Coach at West Carolina.
Tit for tat as they say.

D man

August 30th, 2011
10:18 am

Oklahoma lost to this team because they didn’t respect them and played like it. Oregon, same thing. V Tech, made way too many mistakes and gave the game away.

Georgia doesn’t have to play great to win this game. They must limit errors and they will win because we have more talented players and are bigger and more physical. Play a “good” game and win…

goldwreck

August 30th, 2011
10:22 am

I think PJ is safe.This is a $$ game for Western Carolina.Paul Johnson
is an alumnus and I suspect this is his round about way of making a contribution.The Georgia-Boise State game is for credibility and visibility even though both schools get healthy checks.

Dawg_Mike

August 30th, 2011
10:25 am

Can Saturday night please get here quickly?

chilidawg

August 30th, 2011
10:25 am

It’s like deja vu all over again…

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2011
10:26 am

“Texas A&M says it has not sent a letter of withdrawal to the Big 12 Conference.” from ESPN.

ATL Sports Fan

August 30th, 2011
10:34 am

To the people who are calling out Brandon Boykin for his tweet. You all think that is added motivation for Boise State? You all think think he gave their special teams more motivation to do their job? Their job is to run down the field and stop him from gaining yards. You really believe that tweet is going to make them run faster, or tackle harder?

scotty22

August 30th, 2011
10:36 am

I tell you guys you have to respect Chris Petersen and Boise State for what they have accomplisehed over the last 5 years. C’mon man 61-5 over the last 5 years…that is as impressive as all get out in any conference. But with that being said they will be 61-6 after Saturday! GO DAWGS…

murfdawg

August 30th, 2011
10:36 am

I want to see a defense that will “stifle,control,harass,and knock around” Kellen Moore. Hopefully, the Dawgs defense will be like the Sugar Bowl defense against Hawaii. Then the Dawgs can get after Garcia the next week. These two games are lumped together. We have to win both!!! Beat Boise and lose to USC. not acceptable. If we can’t beat Boise, I don’t think we can beat USC.

Mr. Peterson vs Bozo

August 30th, 2011
10:45 am

Too bad Richt cant forget the beatdowns courtesy of the Florida Gators. Richt wont forget the beatdown by Boise either since its the beginning of his farewell tour.

@Mr Peterson

August 30th, 2011
10:57 am

On the question for Mr Peterson; “Do you think you can ever get a major opponent to come open at your place”? Answer; If you could paint that god awful blue field like everybody elses, it will enhance your chances.

tvradioguy

August 30th, 2011
11:01 am

Good grief that was a pathetic excuse for an interview – I know coaches are trained to limit what they say to the media, but this guy said so much about..nothing. Geez, and he repeated a lot of his “meaningless” comments. I read the whole thing and just pretty much left frustrated. If this guy doesn’t want to give anything to his interview opportunities, than stop agreeing to do them! Geez.

Boise Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:03 am

D Man… Oregon lost to Boise State twice once in Eugene in 2008 and in Boise in 2009, so I am thinking they probably respected Boise State the second time. Also, Boise State made a number of mistakes against Virgina Tech as well.. if I recall Va Tech actually won the turnover battle.

You are correct though, Georgia doesn’t need to play out of their skulls to win this game. They need to play hard, but play with composure and limit mistakes.

Douglas Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:03 am

I am having a hard time staying focused at work just waiting for our trip to the ATL. We can’t start off 0-1 with SC looming in week two. I think things could spiral out of control way too early in the year. No doubt we have the more prolific athletes. I just hope CMR has truly made the changes we need in order to make our guys play to their potential. If he has, ( and I truly) hope he has we will win Saturday night. I don’t want to think what the blogs will be like Monday if we go down.

Dirty Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:06 am

Hey atl sports fan…it’s not the motivation it provides Boise State, it’s the embarrassment it dumps on Georgia regardless of whether or not Boykin has a good game…and if he has a disastrous game – say a fumble or two while trying to run back a punt he should have let roll into the end-zone, then his tweet will become a true laughing stock, likely replacing ‘red panties’ as a reminder that we still lack discipline.

Richt ought to take those damn things away from these kids for the duration of the season.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

August 30th, 2011
11:22 am

I have a feeling my Dawgs are gonna have a big year this year, starting with a convincing win over Boise.

However, if, and that’s a really BIG if, we stumble again and Richt is given the door, I’d throw every penny I have at Peterson as the next HC. The man can flat out coach, and he seems like a class act.

Besides, after this year, he’ll lose Kellen Moore and a buncha other players. Might as well go out with your best, right?

However, to reiterate, I don’t think Georgia loses Saturday. Can’t wait!

Go Dawgs!

LHarding Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:30 am

In the other big games Boise has played, VT, OK, and Oregan, Boise was a hugh underdog. In this game, Georigia is the underdog, based on our 6-7 record last year. Without last years record, we wouldn’t even be playing Boise in the dome. I certainly don’t believe we’ll be looking past Boise and will be focused on the game. Team per team, Georgia should be stronger.

LHarding Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:31 am

Sorry “Oregon” was misspelled.

NC Dawg

August 30th, 2011
11:31 am

I remember the 2005 game. I remember their QB CRYING like a baby on the sidelines.

The Dude Abides

August 30th, 2011
11:35 am

I’m more scared of Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery.

7576DAWG

August 30th, 2011
11:39 am

What ever happened to the Georgia teams that don’t need to mouth off. They let their play on the field substitute for any mouthing. Why can’t our players see that being humble and respectful and showing high integrity and other values will only depict Georgia as a classy school with the utmost respect for other schools and their program. That trash talk lower the sports integrity.

7576DAWG

August 30th, 2011
11:42 am

Sorry wrong blog.