Renaud's message to young teammates: "Grow up. It's college football now."
The Boise State defense lost several productive seniors this off-season, but the team didn't lose leadership. Junior linebacker Blake Renaud spoke openly about the Broncos' poor play after reviewing Saturday's game tape.
"Watching the film, you get a little pissed off. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth," said Renaud. "It's definitely a wake up call realizing what it takes to be a winning division one team in college football. We've got to be better."
Renaud said the most frustrating thing about reviewing the tape was realizing the bulk of his team's mistakes were mental. Renaud also had a message for the underclassmen who may be hanging their heads over how things went against Washington.
"Grow up. It's college football now," said Renaud. "Anyone can be beat, and teams can have great seasons with one or two losses, you know? So just get ready for the next one."
Boise State's loss to Washington was the worst in Chris Petersen's tenure as head coach. During the Broncos' press conference Monday, Petersen was not shy about sharing his feelings.
"You open up every year like we open up, and you're going to get your nose bloody," he said. "I mean, it's just a matter of time. I know that, but nobody else seems to."
Petersen's team possessed the ball for longer than the Huskies in Saturday's 38-6 rout, but was out-gained by nearly 250 yards.
"It's a game of details, explained Petersen. Sometimes it can look so bad, and really you're talking about details. Sometimes it can look so good and so easy, but it's because the details are taken care of."
Boise State hosts the University of Tennessee-Martin (FCS) in its home opener Saturday afternoon.