Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
LAS VEGAS — No offense taken.
OK, maybe in the locker room, but in public the Boise State Broncos say they aren't angry over a derogatory Twitter posting by Utah receiver DeVonte Christopher that said, "I can't wait to get out here wit these Boise State or should I say Girlse State they a bunch of cheerleaders...lol."
LOL meaning "laugh out loud" in the social media.
Asked at a press conference on Tuesday about the amount of talk generated by the posting, and the minor rumble that occurred between the teams on Sunday, BSU coach Chris Petersen said, "No, you're talking about that. We're not worried about that and I know Utah isn't either."
As for whether he's disappointed that, despite joining the Mountain West, the Broncos won't be able to play Utah, BYU or TCU (in 2012) — all of which are leaving ?— Petersen replied, "I don't go down that path because everybody's got to do what they've got to do. Would it have been that it was a really great conference because of the matchups and the location? I think there's no question. But you know everybody's got to take care of their own business and do what's best for them. We did that, but for us we still think the situation's as good as it can be. We think we've taken a step into a better situation for Boise State."
BSU left the WAC for the MWC beginning next season.
CORRECTION, PLEASE: Petersen continued to contend the Broncos will need to be outstanding to defeat the Utes.
"We're gonna have to play our best in order to beat these guys," he said. "They're as good as anybody we've played."
When a reporter asked about two "non-BCS" schools playing on Wednesday, Petersen interjected, "They're not non-BSC anymore."
STORMY OUTLOOK: Weather projections are for rain and thunder on game day.
Asked if the forecast concerned him that it might affect the Broncos' high-powered offense, Petersen said, "I'm concerned about everything, I guess."
GROUND SUPPORT: There seems to be little doubt about what Boise State is focusing on in Wednesday's Las Vegas Bowl match with the Utes: the run.
And while they say Utah quarterback Terrance Cain is a dangerous passer, at least two Bronco players spelled out their concern for the run game.
Safety Winston Venable spoke glowingly of Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata, saying, "They're a couple of great running backs, Asiata and Wide. They're powerful and could give us problems. We just hope we can stop them and take care of our jobs."
Meanwhile, linebacker J.C. Percy echoed the sentiment.
Regarding what priorities his team would have in stopping the Utes, he said, "We've got to stop the run, I think that's the biggest one."
TOP SHELF: While the Broncos stopped shy of claiming they still were the best team in the nation this year, despite a loss to Nevada, running back Doug Martin didn't hesitate to declare it the best team in Boise history.
"I believe all these guys believe that we were really good and I am sure this is the best team that Boise ever had," Martin said.
FOOTNOTES: Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore's 166.93 career passing efficiency is best among active quarterbacks, while his 185.04 rating this season was second only to Heisman winner Cam Newton ... the Broncos scored 5,341 points in the decade (41.4 ppg) — the most of any team in the country ... The Broncos' 112 wins in the 2000-09 span were third-highest single-decade total in college history ... Billy Winn, the Boise State tackle, is a Las Vegas native. Asked if he knew Utah's Eddie Wide, also from Las Vegas, Winn replied, "Yeah, I saw Eddie Wide, gave him a hug and whatnot, chatted with him for a minute and then, yeah ... Eddie's a good guy. He's always been a really good player and a real good guy."
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