Broncos find gold against the Aztecs

The secret is out: The Boise State football team doesn’t mind being the underdog.

Coming into the game against the Aztecs, the Broncos were listed as +5.5 underdogs. It’s only the third time in 12 seasons that the Broncos were not favored in a conference game.

Even with all the outside noise and unfavorable odds, the Broncos took care of business!

The Win

A Cup of Energy

For the Bronco offense of both present and past, starting fast has always been key.

Though it may not always be done in correct fashion, the Broncos look to lead early and maintain it.

One notable spark this season has been freshman Avery Williams. Scoring from his punt return spot, along with creating havoc on the defensive side of the ball, has been a blessing for Bronco fans.

In 6 games, Williams has already done something that hasn’t happened since 2008: score on multiple punt returns. In comparison,  Kyle Wilson, from the 2008 season, scored on three attempts.

With Williams’ punt return, the Broncos got the first helping of cherry pie.

It was exactly what they needed:

An Unforgiving Defense

For most of the season, the narrative for the Boise State football team has centered on their defense.

Once again, the Bronco defense played at a high level.

It’s no secret that all eyes, for fans and players alike, were focused on SDSU running back Rashaad Penny. With just 6 games played this season, Penny had attributed almost 1,000 yards rushing.

From the very first play, the Bronco defense was on Penny like glue to paper. Clogging holes, exploiting bad blocks, and physically outperforming the opposition, the defense controlled the SDSU run game.

Penny finished with just 21 carries on 53 yards (2.52 ypc).

In the second half, quarterback Christian Chapman and the Aztec offense were able to get on the scoreboard.

A long touchdown pass to receiver Fred Trevillion, that went for 89 yards, made the score 21-7.

Penny also scored a touchdown himself, from inside the red zone, that gave the Aztecs some life.

However, for most of the night, the Bronco defense held their own.

Holding Penny to his lowest rushing totals of the season by over half and terrorizing Chapman all night, gave the defense the edge.

Kekaula Kaniho provided the Broncos with a touchdown with this scoop and score:

An Offensive Identity

So far this season, the Bronco offense hasn’t gotten into any real rhythm.

Before their game against the Aztecs, the Broncos ranked 102nd/129 in rushing totals . That number will soon change after tonight.

No matter the number, it’s important to note that the past is the past. It’s up to the actions made in the future that count. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, said it best with this quote, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

For the Bronco offense, that quote meant something.

The Bronco offense was a tale of two cities:

The first half featured an offense whose production was far from adequate. The second half, in contrast, gave Bronco Nation a taste of their true potential.

SDSU’s offense scored two touchdowns in the second half. Getting the best of our defense, the Bronco offense needed to retort… And retort they did. Answering with a field goal the first time and a touchdown the second, the Bronco offense complemented a competitive but exhausted defense.

For the second game in a row, running back Alexander Mattison eclipsed 100 yards rushing. He was a dominant offensive threat against BYU and was a healthy option down the stretch against the Aztecs.

Late in the fourth quarter, Mattison provided the Broncos with the punishing dagger:

All in all, the Bronco offense did their job.

Using the skills of its duo quarterback system, the Broncos were able to keep the SDSU defense guessing.

Making a Statement

The win for the Broncos puts them in their own control of the Mountain West standings.

Fresno State, Colorado State, Wyoming, and Boise State are all undefeated in conference play. All three of those teams are on the schedule this season. Thus, conference games become even more important and imperative.

Now at 4-2 on the season, the Broncos need to put the pedal to the metal. The last time the Broncos started 3-2 (2014), they ended up 12-2 when it was all said and done.

The journey of fending off other undefeated Mountain West teams begins next week. The Broncos will host the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday, October 21st at 8:15 PM MT time.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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