Boise State Broncos Hang On 51-46
Boise State Broncos beat the Nevada Wolfpack 51-46.
How did the they do it? Like the old Kenny Rogers' song the Gambler, they knew when to hold them and when to fold them. Nevada thought they had the Broncos number, but went bust when they needed to hit the royal flush.
This was not a pretty win. It was a win that the Broncos needed badly. Seasons are defined by ebbs and flows. Tonight's game was indescribable. Both teams had a combined seven turnovers and the only real winners were the bookies who had the over.
The Bronco defense through blitzes and interceptions kept them in the game. The offense, when not trying to give the game away, showed grit and pulled off big plays. The game plan focused on Hedrick's skills as a runner. He showed accuracy and brilliance and yet at times committed unforced turnovers. Hedrick's was 26 of 31 for 346 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 interception.
The same can be said for Big Game Ajayi. He displayed tremendous skills as a great runner. The Brahma Bull rushed 27 times for 152 yard with three touchdowns. Impressive if you don't lump in the continuing issue of ball security or lack there off.
Coach Harsin gave an honest assessment of his team's effort. After the game he spoke to CBS Sports Network. "We hurt ourselves with turnovers and continue to do that. So we have gotta find away to fix that. It's gonna comeback to hurt us." Coach Harsin continued to talk about the challenge the team developing an identity by eliminating offensive turnovers. "We still don't take care of the ball well enough yet. We still have a lot of things to our standards. We won the game and I'm really happy about it. But our standards have to be the kind that come close on how we want to operate on a game to game basis."
The defense deserves most of the credit for creating four turnovers that resulted in twenty eight points. Despite being outscored seventeen to seven in the fourth quarter, Coach Yates has a lot to be proud of. The Broncos get ready for another old rival as the Fresno State Bulldogs visit the Blue this Friday at Bronco Stadium.
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, so say the experts in sports and gambling. In a Saturday when five of the top ten teams in the country lost big games, it's never happened in the history of college football, it's nice to be on the winning side. Just like the great gamblers, the Broncos made their own luck tonight.