Fresno State quarterback Brian Burrell said he didn't hear the boos inside Bulldog Stadium that seemed directed toward him.
He does admit listening to the cheers when fellow quarterback Brandon Connette came in the game.
Neither the cheers nor the jeers served as motivators, Burrell said. But once he got an opportunity to re-entered the game, Burrell did manage to play perhaps his best football of the season in leading the Bulldogs to touchdowns on four of their next five drives during their 56-16 victory against Southern Utah.
"I'm hoping at New Mexico they boo him then; because obviously, he responds well to that," coach Tim DeRuyter said jokingly Monday as Fresno State prepared to go on the road and play the Lobos (1-2) Friday to kick off Mountain West play.
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Fresno State (1-3) has not named a starting quarterback. But DeRuyter said a starter has been identified and for the first time this season going into a game, the Bulldogs are not planning to play two quarterbacks.
Signs point toward Burrell being the starter, especially in light of Connette struggling to accurately throw against Southern Utah because of a hand injury suffered during the second game of the year. And despite success from redshirt freshman Zack Greenlee during limited play Saturday, DeRuyter said the former three-star only played only to get experience and since the outcome was in hand.
Burrell, who has started the first four games, was booed after an interception midway through the first quarter, which led to his removal. Upon his return late in the second quarter, Burrell fired a similar deep ball that was caught for 32 yards by receiver Delvon Hardaway and helped set up the quarterback's first touchdown drive of the game.
Burrell, who essentially played two quarters against Southern Utah, finished 13 of 20 passes (65%) for 117 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He wasn't sacked and ran five times for 35 yards.
"Nobody on our bench was happy in the beginning by the way we played," Burrell said. "We got off to a slow start again, which has been a problem for us. But we came back and rallied as a team. It was a good game overall.
"I didn't hear (the boos). But it's not something that I ever want to hear. It's not something as a quarterback or as a player that we want to hear. Brandon, myself and Zack, we don't want to have a quarterback controversy. I did hear (cheers for Connette). Good for him. But I'm not going to sit hear and focus on that. I'm worried about playing football and getting better."
For the season, Burrell has completed 62 of 114 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions for a 108.4 passing efficiency (ninth in the Mountain West).
Bulldogs offensive coordinator Dave Schramm praised Burrell for his ability to bounce back from his benching.
"I'm fired up for him," Schramm said after Monday's practice. "I know he feels good about what he did after that. He grit his teeth. He knew he made a mistake, went back in there. The ball he threw to Hardaway down the sideline was the exact same call on the one he threw the pick on. He learned."