BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Monday it was "just a matter of time" before his Broncos suffered a lopsided defeat like Saturday's 38-6 drubbing at the hands of Washington, especially since he nearly always schedules a tough opponent to start the season.
At a post-loss news conference in Boise, however, Petersen praised the Broncos for focusing at practice earlier in the day, saying "they went back to work."
The 19th-ranked Broncos' loss to the unranked Huskies lowers his career record to 84-9 and was easily the worst of Petersen's eight-year tenure. The game was reminiscent of the 48-13 defeat at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium back in 2005, before he became head coach.
BSU's decision to schedule teams like UW this year and Michigan State a year ago to start the 2012 season — the Broncos lost 17-13 then — only served to increase the likelihood that eventually a lopsided outing would catch up with one of his squads, Petersen said.
"You open up every year like we open up, you're going to get your nose bloodied," he said at Monday's news conference, according to the Idaho Statesman. "It's just a matter of time."
BSU plays the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for the Broncos' home opener.
UT Martin, which plays in the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision, won its first game of the season, 31-21, against Chattanooga. Petersen said he's already wary.
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