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Monday Morning Coffee Cup Coach; Boise State Over Colorado State

Great Expectations

The reports of me predicting a Boise State blowout have been greatly exaggerated. Yeah, that’s right, I predicted a 59 – 14 Boise State win. Boise State beat Colorado State 31 – 24. 

But really, who among us can accurately predict a BSU score? Also, who among us thought the Broncos would score under 50 against New Mexico. Finally, who among us would have thought the Broncos would have hung 56 on Utah State?

Henderson Unhindered

Jaylon Henderson has earned the number one quarterback spot. I’m not trying to demean or stir controversy but Chase Cord and Hank Bachmeier are now the backups.

Head coach Bryan Harsin speaks about Henderson as if he’s his son. Actually, Henderson earned Harsin’s accolades. He is not just pumping up Jaylon’s confidence; Harsin’s feelings are real and from the heart.

Against Colorado State, he was 26 for 36 in passing—72 percent. He ran for a TD and passed for two more. He would have had a third TD pass if not for John Bates dropping one in the endzone that landed right in the cradle.

Running Stunted

Unfortunately, the running game was nearly nonexistent. However, if the game can be won spreading passes to eight different receivers why overload one runner into a punishing defense?

George Holani’s 42 yards in 18 tries did not appear impressive. However, Andrew Van Buren’s 18 yards in 2 tries were welcomed.

Perhaps the Colorado State game plan my not have respected Henderson’s ability to engineer a passing attack. Thus, they put all the eggs into the stop Holani basket.

Merit For Garret

Garret Collingham played quarterback in high school. When he walked on at Boise State he made himself available to play whatever way he could get on the field.

He finds himself at tight end and doing quite nicely.

As a receiver he’s caught only 10 passes however 3 have gone for TDs. He rushed for another.

This past Friday he ran that one in. It appeared he might pass, which he is completely capable of doing but decided to run it in.

In addition, he hauled in a TD pass.

He also threw the block freeing Henderson to score a TD.

After the game, Harsin praised Collingham’s decision making in clutch situations.

Collingham is a reliable goal-line option.

Two More Picks

The defense had its hands’ full handling tight end Trey McBride and wide receiver Warren Jackson. Yet, two interceptions halted Ram drives and the Bronco offense converted them into 10 points.

Tyerque Jones’ pick started from a safety position. He read and timed the pass perfectly. Curtis Weaver tipped a pass and about to celebrate it. He noticed the ball had yet hit the ground and clutched with his loving hands.

Can’t Measure Heart

For many fans, it seemed as though the Broncos should have given Colorado State a resounding beating—or similar to the one handed to a much better Utah State. The point of a game is to win not embarrass an opponent.

The 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes were national champions. They were 14 – 0. Half of their wins were by a touchdown or less. Here are those teams along with their season records: (Cincinnati 7 – 7, Northwestern 3 – 9, Wisconsin 8 – 6 and 2 – 6 conference, Purdue 7 – 8 and 4 – 4 conference, Illinois 57, 4 – 4 conference). In 2014 when they were national champs they lost to Virginia Tech early who finished the season with a 7 – 6 record.

Recall the great 2009 Boise State Broncos—14 – 0? What a year. UC Davis came to town and the mighty Bronco offense could only muster 34 to 16 win—against a Big Sky team. UC Davis ended the season 65. The next opponent, Tulsa, and that was only a 28 – 21 win. Tulsa was a 7 – 5 team that season

The point, teams are not measured by the margin of their victories. They are measured by the amount of heart it takes to win.


About 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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