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.

“I’ve seen enough of them to know that these guys can beat us,” Petersen said of UT Martin, as reported by KTVB-TV.

Despite moving the ball on offense on some drives against the Huskies, the Broncos could never finish them.

Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 25 of 40 passes but for only 152 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Meanwhile, Washington’s offense, led by star running back Bishop Sankey with 161 yards and two touchdowns, simply ran through a lackluster BSU defense that struggled to make tackles.

Broncos linebacker Blake Renaud said Monday that a young defensive squad, with many members making their first starts, allowed the excitement, noise and spectacle of the 70,000-seat Husky Stadium on Seattle’s waterfront to throw them out of composure.

“People get flustered out there and forget,” Renaud said at the news conference. “It’s definitely a wakeup call. You realize what it takes to be a winning Division I team in college football and we’ve got to be better.”

With the loss, BSU could fall out of the Top 25. The new Associated Press rankings are set to come out Tuesday.

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