A Critique of The Boise State/Oklahoma State Game In Less Than Five Minutes

A team loses because of the lack of preparation or they are not good enough. Likely, those who visit this site think it is not the latter.

Obviously, this is not the team who handed Troy their dairerres and spent their lunch money at Dairy Queen. Things happen.

“Corndog” (Taylor Cornelius) turned out to be not such a corndog after all. He played unpolished and a bit raw, but possessed the passion to win. The Boise State defense was not prepared to handle a guy with questionable skills who would play with heart. It happens.

The Good

Brett Rypien played as good of a game as you’d ever want to see a guy play. He connected on 39 of 56 passes for 380 yards. Also, he tossed three TDs with no interceptions. At all times he displayed himself as the heart and soul of the Broncos.

We hardly heard Robert Mahone’s name. He carried the ball once. However, Mahone, in order to protect Rypien, laid his shoulder several times into an unblocked lineman who outweighed him by at least 75 pounds.

Akilian Butler, in the first three games, has made some incredible catches gaining little attention. It’s not that other receivers aren’t. It seems as if everything that comes his way is either meant to be batted away, behind him or too low to catch. Incredibly, he snags them.

Suffices to say, all the receivers have an incredible feel for Rypien’s passes. Likewise, Rypien seems to intuitively know which passes each receiver can catch.

The Bad

So how did the Broncos lose? Very simply, the defense. Twenty-one points are enough to win a game. If the defense gets the offense the ball more, they score more.

This is not to say the offense doesn’t share some responsibility. The longer they hold onto the ball, the fewer opportunities opponents have to score. The offense must establish a running game or a short passing game in order to use the clock.

A five-yard completed pass may take longer than a five-yard run.

To illustrate; the quarterback hands the ball to a runner, he bursts through a hole and tackled—play over. The quarterback takes the snap and surveys the field. A receiver runs 10 or 12 yards to meet up with a thrown ball, takes a step or two after the catch and wrestled to the ground—play over.

The two plays can use as much clock. Thus, keeping the ball out of the hands of the opposing offense.

Short passes keep the linebackers interested in the passing game rather than shooting gaps and plugging holes.

The Ugly, Take Your Throne And Shove It

The throne, it’s a gimmick; an ill-conceived gimmick.

Understandably, some may disagree. The motive is not in question; it’s good. It’s an extra incentive to give some sort of honorific notice to a group who seldom receives it. Frankly, it’s a bit over the top.

Allow me to explain my thoughts. Let’s say a team is down by thirty with two minutes remaining and a guy nabs a pick-six. Is he going to sit on the throne? Where on god’s green earth was he the other 58 minutes?

The throne is nothing more than an extra incentive for the other team’s offense to rally around. “You bring a throne into my kingdom and I’ll feed it back to you in pieces.”

Someone said a couple coaches dreamed it up. Have a serious talk with them.

Years ago, I heard a story about a rookie who approached one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, Jim Brown. He asked the legend for advice. Brown said, “When you score, act like you’ve been there before.”

AJ Richardson made one of the most incredible catches I’ve ever seen. You would have thought it nothing more than running a route in drills.

When a player makes an interception, a pick-six, causes a fumble and makes a recovery—man, that’s what he is supposed to do.

Taylor Cornelius is a “Corndog”, not a “Hotdog.”

Punting! Everything gets by the yackers in the broadcasting booth. They even noticed the Broncos were taking too long to punt.


The Broncos were beaten by a well motivated and good team. Likewise, the Broncos are a well motivated and good team. They will rebound.

In conclusion, the Broncos are the better of the teams—just not that day.


About Kenton Lewis

Kenton Lewis
Kenton lives in Boise. He is the former publisher of the Boise State sports site, Smurf Turf; writing exclusively about Broncos football and basketball. He is also a novelist and short story writer.

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