Page caught 11 passes for 120 yards against the Broncos a year ago.
“We knew about him loud and clear last year and couldn’t seem to slow him down even,” Petersen said. “You’re not going to stop him, he’s too good.”
Boise State spent part of its bye week working on its defense after giving up a handful of big scoring plays against Georgia _ though defense is hardly a weak spot for the Broncos. They did get six sacks against Georgia and bottled up its running game.
And on Thursday, Boise State officials said the NCAA reinstated starting senior safety Cedric Febis, who flew with the team to Toledo. Febis was held out of the team’s opener over questions about his eligibility.
The NCAA continues, however, to review the eligibility of two other Broncos, wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. They didn’t fly to Toledo.
Peterson plans to continue using backup freshman quarterback Grant Hedrick to spell starter Kellen Moore, one of the nation’s top passers, and give opposing defenses something else to worry about.
“His face went white and the blood drained out of his face,” Peterson said. “We shoved him out there and away he went.”
Toledo coach Tim Beckman, who led the Rockets to a bowl game last year in just his second season, said he’s tried to model some of the things he does after Boise State, including playing multiple players at different positions and using multiple formations.
Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens share time for Toledo at quarterback. Dantin has started the Rockets’ first two games, but it was Owens who came in for the final drive against Ohio State and nearly led them to a victory.
Peterson said he admires how Toledo uses the two quarterbacks at any time.
“They don’t even kind of worry about it,” he said. “That’s a little bit of our mentality around here.”
Toledo likes to mix in a few gadget plays, too.
“It’s something we’re constantly practicing,” said Beckman, who added that it’s something his players really like. “We talk about doing it all the time. They probably want do it more.”
The Rockets will be hurting on defense, though, especially at linebacker. Dan Molls, their leading tackler a year ago, will miss his second straight game and Robert Bell, a starter at weakside linebacker, is questionable. Cornerback Taikwon Paige is doubtful after suffering an injury at Ohio State.
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