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Monday Morning Coffee Cup Coach; Boise Wins Mountain West Conference!

Boise State Bronco’s capped off their regular season with a 31 to 10 victory over Hawaii for the Mountain West Conference title. The Broncos finished conference play with a perfect 8 and 0 record. The first time since Boise State entered the Mountain West. They were 12 and 1 overall, losing their only game to BYU by three.

My prediction was a 51 to 17 BSU win.

The Broncos did much better on defense than expected. It could have been just as easily a 31 to 3 game; the defense completely dominated.

Hawaii likewise played good defense. They kept the running backs in check. That’s likely what they thought the key to a win might be.

The Rainbow Warriors probably felt Boise quarterback Jaylon Henderson might not be as effective as advertised.

D Was Super

The Boise State defense played relentless and stingy against a high scoring Hawaii run and shoot offense. Not until the fourth quarter did the Broncos yield a touchdown. It was only when the Broncos completely fell asleep on a couple of running plays.

A Kekoa Nawahine interception in the end zone was turned into a long scoring drive for a TD. Also, a Sonatane Lui forced fumble and a Demitri Washington recovery resulted in another Bronco touchdown.

Henderson Continues

Quarterback Jaylon Henderson once again engineered the offensive attack for the Broncos. He passed for 212 yards completing 20 of 29. He tossed two TDs and ran for another.

His TD run was an awesome display of athletic ability. Appearing as if he may be stopped a yard or so from the goal he leaped, twisted, and stretched the ball just breaking the plane of the goal line.

Creative Offense

The Broncos displayed some of the most creative plays in a given game than ever witnessed before.

There were no hook and ladders or statues of liberties but there were plenty of reverses, double hand-offs, and running back passes. Hawaii guessed the entire game.

Those plays require a tremendous amount of practice and timing.

Unselfish Environment

Seldom do I listen to the guys in the broadcast booth. However, they mentioned something that caught my attention. One of them stated this year’s team has been one of the least talented teams overall.

Frankly, that is hard to effectively and definitively calculate. Somethings can’t be measured. However, I have the tendency to agree with the announcer.

The Broncos didn’t start the year with seasoned players in the backfield. There is not one outstanding or dominating player at either quarterback or running back—just look at the stats.

Why have the Broncos been successful? First, it is the players’ will to accept their role. No one seems dissatisfied or disgruntled with a lack of playing time, carries, targets, snaps, etc.

Second, everyone seems to be pulling for the next guy to succeed.

Third, the unselfish team environment starts with the players recruited and nurtured by the veterans of the squad and especially the coaching staff.

In addition, head coach Bryan Harsin is absolutely adamant about the unselfishness nature of this team; that’s how games are won.


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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