NCAA 14 Simulation: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – Boise State vs. Oregon State

Editors note:  This simulation was posted before the news of Joe Southwick being sent home.

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:   

Beautiful sunny weather made this Christmas Eve the perfect way to finish off a season that started with high expectations, but concluded with the loss of a coach. With an interim coach and a quarterback fully recovered from an ankle the Broncos took the field ready to end the season on a good note. With the opening possession the Broncos faltered while trying to adapt to so many new faces leading the program. Oregon State took their opening drive and ended with a long 61 yard pass to Hamlett from Mannion.

The Broncos made the necessary changes when Southwick and Company returned to the field and used a running attack and short passing to move the ball down the field. Southwick finished off the drive when he found Holden Huff open for a six yard touchdown and drawing the game even. The Beavers were then forced to punt the ball, and give the Broncos another chance for points before the end of the quarter. Boise State capitalized when Southwick found an open Matt Miller from fourteen yards away to give the Broncos their first lead of the game.

Very little points were scored during the second quarter until with 2:19 left before halftime. The Beavers were able to put together a successful drive and finished it off kicking a thirty-nine yard field goal. Boise State used the no huddle, and moved the ball closer to the opposition’s goal line with time winding down. Southwick slipped past a defender and ran in for a score from five yards away with 0:48 left in the half.

The opening drive of the second half proved to be unfruitful for the Beavers when Mannion found an open Bronco defender, turning the ball over. Jay Ajayi shouldered the load on this drive behind a powerful offensive line which gave him plenty of room to run. Southwick found Boldewijn open for a thirty-seven yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Oregon State responded with a drive of their own when Brown ran in for the score from fourteen yards away. Boise State used a quick offense to get down inside Beaver territory and completed another successful drive when Ajayi scored on a six yard touchdown run.

With only fifteen minutes left in the game emotions started to get the best of players as plenty of penalties slowed down the scoring. Midway through the final quarter the Broncos got inside Oregon State territory and Dan Goodale kicked a twenty-two yard field goal. Immediately after the Beavers moved the ball down the field and Mannion found Cummings open on a twenty-six yard touchdown pass. With the final points on the board the Broncos had finished the season with one final victory and one more trophy for the trophy case.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – Oregon State 24  

 

THE UGLY:      

With two programs coming off what many would consider a disappointing season, the Hawaii bowl showcased teams ready to finish the season on the right foot. Early in the game both teams appeared to be out of sync from the longer layoff. Neither team found much success on the ground as defenses stopped the run time and time again. Oregon State ended the scoring draught towards the end of the first quarter when Ward made his way into the end zone after a two yard run.

The Broncos’ offense led by Joe Southwick continued to be slowed by the Beavers defense for most of the first half. Oregon State increased their lead when Mannion found Gwacham open for an eight yard touchdown pass. The Broncos finally found some success running the ball and capitalized when Devan Demas found the end zone after a two yard touchdown run. Boise State’s defense forced an Oregon State interception and Joe Southwick came back onto the field ready to lead.

Southwick used a balance passing attack and finished the drive when Boldewijn caught a five yard touchdown reception for the score. The Beavers returned to the field with under a minute before halftime and they didn’t disappoint. Mannion found Mullaney open for a forty-five yard touchdown pass with 0:05 left in the half.

Heading into the third quarter the Beavers held a 21-14 advantage and increased their lead when Ward again found the end zone, this time after a five yard run. Boise State was able to respond on their next offensive possession, but only with a field goal by Dan Goodale from twenty-seven yards away. On the final play of the third quarter Mannion found Cummings open for a five yard touchdown pass, increasing the Beaver lead.

Midway through the fourth quarter Matt Miller caught a four yard pass from Southwick which got the Broncos a little closer. Boise State went for the two point conversion and a batted down pass kept the points off the board. Shortly after Oregon State took advantage of smaller cornerbacks and Mannion found Smith open from twelve yards away for the score. With two minutes left in the game Jay Ajayi found the end zone after a one yard run bringing Boise State closer. The deficit was too much and the Bob Gregory coaching era had started 0-1.

Final Score: Oregon State 42 – Boise State 30

 

OUTCOME:    

With many Bronco fans focused on the Chris Petersen departure and the Bryan Harsin hiring, the bowl game appeared to have been lost in the clutter. Opening up the game the Broncos appeared in sync and scored on their first offensive possession. Joe Southwick found Geraldo Boldewijn open for a five yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos the early lead.

Oregon State responded with a score of their own, a thirty-two yard field goal midway through the first quarter. The Broncos used their stable of running backs to get the ball inside Beaver territory. They finished off the drive with Southwick faking a hand-off to Ajayi and running in for the score.

Boise State again was able to put points on the board early in the second quarter when Southwick found an open Matt Miller from fourteen yards away and the score. The Broncos lined up for the two point conversion and used a little trickeration to add two more points on the board. Oregon State put up some points of their own when Mannion found Cooks open from twenty-yards out for his first score of the game.

Coming out of halftime the Beavers used a variety of passes to get inside Bronco territory before Woods ran for twenty-three yards and the score. Boise State appeared to continue to have their offense rolling only to get stuffed at the seventeen yard line and Dan Goodale kicked a thirty four yard field goal. The Beavers continued to attack the smaller cornerbacks all on the way to another score, this time a Mannion pass to Woods from six yards away.

Opening up the fourth quarter the Broncos held a slight advantage that was increased when Dan Goodale kicked another field goal, a thirty-seven yard kick. The Beavers mixed up their play calling and used a rushing attack from Woods to get inside Boise State territory. Oregon State was able to move the ball inside the ten yard line only to get stopped and forced to kick a twenty-six yard field goal.

Joe Southwick found Boldewijn open for thirty-four yard catch to set up first and goal for the Broncos from the three yard line. Jay Ajayi finished the drive off when he crossed the goal line with 7:15 left in the final quarter. Mannion completed four straight passes to Cooks to help lead the Beavers down the field. The Beavers had first and goal from the eight yard line and after three unsuccessful attempts kicked a short twenty-two yard field goal.

Boise State had the ball and with 4:45 left in the game leaned on the running game to move the ball down the field. The Broncos, after a seventeen yard pass to Kirby Moore, had first and ten at the eleven yard line. Jay Ajayi made quick work of those yards when he crossed the goal line to increase the Broncos advantage.

With 1:18 left on the clock the Beavers took the kickoff and returned it to the forty-two yard line, giving themselves great field position. Cooks again was on the receiving end of a Mannion touchdown pass, this time a thirty-eight yard score with 0:22 left in the game. After a failed onside kick attempt the Broncos had finished the season on a good note and were ready for the Harsin era to begin.

Final Score: Boise State 42 – Oregon State 37  

 

Stats from game:

Joe Southwick: 35-49, 2 td – 1 int, 416 yards, 1 rush td

Jay Ajayi: 22 carries, 95 yds, 2 td

Matt Miller: 6 rec, 80 yds, 1 td

Geraldo Boldewijn: 6 rec, 101 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 5 – Oregon State 2

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. New Mexico

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:   

A brisk temperature had many Bronco fans chilled to the bone, but who still came out in support of the seniors that had given us many things to cheer for, over the past years. The Lobos received the opening kickoff and faltered quickly behind the stellar defensive pressure caused by the defensive line. With the Broncos’ opening offensive possession Joe Southwick made his way onto the field and orchestrated a drive even on his injured ankle. Joe Southwick completed his comeback when he threw a quick one yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller for the opening score of the game.

Boise State continued its dominant defense pressure when it again forced the Lobos to punt. The Broncos capitalized, this time with Grant Hedrick at the helm, and Kirby Moore caught his first touchdown pass since being injured, a 55 yard completion. The Broncos put more points on the board when Boldewijn caught a 38 yard pass from Grant Hedrick to increase the Boise State lead.

Starting off the second quarter Boise State found success again through the air when after a successful drive Moore caught another touchdown, this time a five yard reception. The Lobos began to gather steam towards the end of the half, and got inside Bronco territory with under two minutes left. The Lobos, starting to become desperate, threw an ill-advised pass which was intercepted and returned 80 yards for another score by Bryan Douglas.

Coming out of halftime the Broncos took the opening possession and marched their way down inside Lobo territory, but were forced into a field goal from 35 yards away. New Mexico finally found success running the ball against the Broncos defense and pushed their way down inside the ten yard line. The Lobos put their first points on the board when Gautsche walked into the end zone from seven yards away.

The Broncos continued to score points when Moore caught his third touchdown of the game when Hedrick found him open from seven yards away. The Bronco defense continued to stifle the Lobo offense for the remainder of the fourth quarter, until a few minutes left in the game. New Mexico was able to shrink the Bronco offense by a little when it kicked a 23 yard field goal. On their final day on the blue turf the seniors found themselves in a similar position, winning at home.

Final Score: Boise State 45 – New Mexico 10

 

THE UGLY:

As kickoff loomed closer, the crowd to finished piling in, preparing for the seniors to walk onto the blue turf one final time. The Broncos were set to receive the ball, and to see how the Joe Southwick ankle was feeling very early in this game. Southwick and company marched onto the field prepared to right the offensive woes that plagued them the previous week. Southwick used the legs of Ajayi and precision passes to get the ball inside Lobo territory. The drive was capped off when Ajayi crossed the goal line after a two yard run.

New Mexico was able to answer with a drive of their own when they got inside Boise State territory and kicked a 37 yard field goal. With the return of Hedrick into the game the Broncos offense sputtered and the Lobos got the ball back. New Mexico wasted no time and orchestrated a running attack and finished off the drive with a 4 yard touchdown run from Carrier.

Boise State got the ball back and tied up the game when Dan Goodale kicked a 33 yard field goal midway through the second quarter. The Broncos defense forced a fumble after a successful Lobos drive down inside Bronco territory. Ajayi wasted little time to put the Broncos ahead once more when he scored on a 76 yard run. The Broncos again got the ball back and Hedrick completed a 33 yard touchdown pass to Moore with thirteen seconds before the half.

Opening up the second half the Lobos were the first to put points on the board when Carrier found the end zone this time on a one yard run. With the game being a lot closer than most fans and coaches expected, the Broncos looked to their seniors for answers. Moore answered the call when he slipped by his defender and caught a pass and ran 76 yards for the touchdown. The Broncos started subbing in some seniors to make sure they got some playing time on their final game. Ajayi stole the show a little when he used his powerful running style and pushed his way into the end zone for the final points of the game.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – New Mexico 17

 

OUTCOME:

One more game on the blue turf was all the seniors could think about and none of them wanted to let this game slip from their grasp. After the opening ceremonies had subsided the game got under way with the Lobos silencing the crowd all while orchestrating a drive down the field. They capped it off with Carrier scoring from 6 yards away. With nothing to lose New Mexico went for the two point conversion and found an open receiver to complete the conversion.

The Broncos offense came onto the field with Southwick, and used quick short passes and strong running by Ajayi to get inside Lobo territory. The Broncos were stopped on a fourth and goal from the two yard line after a strong defensive push from New Mexico. With the following play Demarcus Lawrence broke through the offensive line and stopped the running back in the end zone for a safety. With Southwick limping on the sidelines the coaching staff decided to give the injury a little more time to fully heal.

Hedrick led the Bronco offensive charge and found an open Matt Miller for a 17 yard catch and the score to give Boise State the lead. Opening up the second quarter Boise State had the ball and kept feeding the ball to the “Jay Train” (Ajayi) who didn’t disappoint. Ajayi found the end zone on a 13 yard sweep off the edge and tip-toed the sideline for the score.

Coming out of the half the Broncos received the ball and Hedrick found an open Kirby Moore for an eleven yard pass which increased the Boise State lead to 23-8. The Broncos defense led by Lawrence continued to apply pressure on the Lobo’s quarterback forcing numerous bad throws. Just before time expired on the third quarter Miller snuck past his defender on a post route and caught a 34 yard pass and walked into the end zone increasing the lead.

Heading into the fourth quarter and with the game almost in hand the Broncos defense began to substitute in all the seniors who had given their heart and soul to the program. The offense continued their success against the New Mexico defense when Ajayi scored his second touchdown of the game, this time a 6 yard run. With the final score of the game the Broncos senior class had finished off one more successful game at home.

 

Final Score: Boise State 37 – New Mexico 8

 

Stats from game:

Grant Hedrick: 20-29, 3 td – 0 int, 319 yards

Jay Ajayi: 28 carries, 157 yds, 2 td

Matt Miller: 6 rec, 105 yds, 2 td

Kirby Moore: 5 rec, 92 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 7 – New Mexico 0

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. San Diego State

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:  

With a cool breeze chilling the stadium, the Broncos stepped onto the field to battle the Aztecs and keep their hopes of a MWC title still intact. With the opening kickoff the game was underway and the Broncos used a powerful running game, while rotating backs, onto their way into the end zone. Derrick Thomas was able to put the first points on the board when he scored from six yards away.

After a strong defensive effort the Boise State offense again took the field ready to stop the Aztecs and that’s just what they did.  This drive Jay Ajayi found his way into the end zone with a 5 yard run that extended the Bronco lead. Late in the first quarter Grant Hedrick was able to find Shane Williams-Rhodes on a quick screen who slipped past the defense and into the end zone for a score from 7 yards away.

The second quarter began with SDSU joining the scoring session when Roberts caught a 20 yard reception for the Aztecs’ first points of the game. Boise State responded when Matt Miller caught a seven yard slant route for his first touchdown of the game. Unfortunately the PAT was pushed just wide right of the goal post after a bad snap and a bobble on the hold. With under three minutes until the half SDSU got into Bronco territory and capitalized when they kicked a 43 yard field goal.

Coming out after half time the Aztecs were able to find success running the ball down inside Broncos territory, but were stymied and forced to kick a 30 yard field goal. Boise State used that defensive momentum and put together a long methodical drive down inside the two yard line of the Aztecs. Hedrick was able to fit a pass in tight coverage, and Holden Huff came down with the reception and the score.

Once the Broncos got the ball back early in the fourth quarter they capitalized when Devan Demas scored his first touchdown of his career from 2 yards away. SDSU was able to put together a drive of their own, but unfortunately it again ended in a field goal, this time from 47 yards away. With the game fully in hand and replacements covering the field, the Broncos looked to Patti for any more points. He didn’t disappoint when he found Aaron Burks open for a 54 yard pass and the final score of the game.

Final Score: Boise State 48 – SDSU 16

 

THE UGLY:

Preparing for the opening kickoff of the game the Broncos looked to continue their offensive resurgence which started with a flurry of points against Wyoming. However as had become the norm for the Broncos they couldn’t seem to start the quarter off with a fast start and sputtered during the opening fifteen minutes of the game. Thankfully the Aztecs weren’t much better as the quarter finished just like it had begun, a scoreless stalemate.

San Diego State broke the tie when Lockett caught a 21 yard touchdown pass and gave the Aztecs the lead. Again SDSU found success through the air and after a promising drive, was forced into a 27 yard field goal. The Broncos appeared to have lost their steam as again a three and out lead to more SDSU points after a 35 yard field goal. Right before the half SDSU got the ball back, got within field goal range, and kicked a 43 yard field goal to take a 16-0 lead.

Coming out after the half, Coach Petersen must have lit a fire as a new offense appeared to be taking the field. The Broncos found success running the ball and found their way in Aztec territory only to kick a 30 yard field goal. Boise State was able to force a turnover and orchestrated a passing attack which was capped off with Geraldo Boldewijn catching a 30 yard pass from Grant Hedrick for the score. A few minutes later the Bronco’s offense found themselves with the ball in their hands again and got into Aztec territory only to kick a 33 yard field goal.

The defenses opened up the fourth quarter in a dominant fashion as neither offense was able to find much success moving the ball. Boise State was the first to break that stalemate when Hedrick slipped a tackle and found a streaking Dallas Burroughs for a 33 yard touchdown reception. Midway through the final quarter the Broncos had taken their first lead of the game and used a stout defense to hold onto the lead and come away victorious.

Final Score: Boise State 20 – SDSU 16

 

OUTCOME:

When Boise State entered Qualcomm Stadium it appeared as though the Broncos finally had a team full of healthy players. With the Broncos set to receive the opening kickoff the game was about to get underway. The opening drive for the Broncos began, and shortly ended with an all too familiar sight of quickly giving the ball back to the opposition. SDSU capitalized on the short field position and marched into the end zone for their first score of the game.

Hedrick and company returned to the field after a dismal opening drive and didn’t disappoint. The Broncos used their most elusive player, Williams-Rhodes in the passing game, coupled with the bruising running of Ajayi to march the ball down the field. Ajayi was able to put some points on the board when he ran in from nine yards away for the score. The Broncos were able to regain possession with two minutes left in the quarter and found success through the passing game. Boise State put more points on the board when Hedrick found Williams-Rhodes open for the score.

Early in the second quarter SDSU used their running game and pushed their way inside Bronco territory only to be forced to kick a 33 yard field goal. Both offenses seemed to be confused by the defenses at hand as neither team moved the ball very effectively. Boise State lined up for a field goal from 49 yards away with mere seconds left on the clock, and Dan Goodale kicked it just short to keep the score at 14-10 headed into the half.

Coming out of half time and with the crowd behind them, SDSU was able to march down inside the Bronco red zone and this time crossed the goal line on a short play action pass. Boise State responded with a couple short passes to Williams-Rhodes which set up the deep pass. Boldewijn slipped by his defender and Hedrick found him open for a 37 yard touchdown reception. The Broncos extended their lead when Derrick Thomas finished off the drive with a 3 yard run for the score just before time expired in the third quarter.

The Aztecs couldn’t seem to find an answer to the Bronco’s defense which was flying all over the field and stopping plays before they even started. Hedrick, sensing an opportunity to put the game out of reach orchestrated a drive down inside the Aztec red zone. On third and three from the seven yard Hedrick looked for his most trusted receiver which he found for the score when Matt Miller caught the pass between two defenders. After the Bronco lead was extended to 18 points the defense continued to play with confidence, and stopped all future Aztec drives, giving the Broncos the win.

Final Score: Boise State 35 – SDSU 17

 

Stats from game:

Grant Hedrick: 18-29, 3 td – 1 int, 308 yards

Jay Ajayi: 14 carries, 67 yds, 1 td

Derrick Thomas: 11 carries, 47 yards, 1 td

Matt Miller: 6 rec, 112 yds, 1 td

Shane Williams-Rhodes: 5 rec, 85 yds, 1 td

Geraldo Boldewijn: 2 rec, 45 yards, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 def

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 7 – SDSU 0

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. Wyoming

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:  

After a week of regrouping and giving some injuries time to heal, the Broncos ran onto the field ready to assert their dominance. With the opening drive Boise State used a passing attack to find their way into the end zone with a 29 yard reception from Matt Miller for the first points of the game. With the Broncos’ second drive they again found the end zone, this time with Grant Hedrick completing a pass to Miller from 24 yards away.

After forcing a turnover in Cowboys’ territory the Broncos used the Hedrick to Miller connection for another score, this time from 5 yards away. The Cowboys started to get their offensive feet under them and put together a drive which got into Boise State territory, but was stalled after a failed fourth down attempt. Hedrick used a nice assortment of completions to move the offense down the field and capped off the final points of the quarter with Boldewijn catching an 8 yard pass for the score.

Wyoming finally was able to orchestrate a complete drive when Lange caught a 39 yard touchdown pass from Smith to get the Cowboys on the board. Boise State responded with a drive of their own and used a familiar connection, Hedrick to Miller, on a 36 yard touchdown reception. Shortly before halftime the Cowboys completed a 51 yard pass for the score to draw the game a little closer. Boise State was able to use what little time remained in the half to get inside field goal range and Dan Goodale split the uprights from 35 yards away with mere seconds left on the clock.

Coming out of the locker room it appeared the Broncos were well on their way to victory. Midway through the third quarter Hedrick found a wide open Holden Huff for a 41 yard completion and the score. After advancing their lead to 45-14 it was time for the starters to get some rest, which continued the rest of the game. Early in the fourth quarter Wyoming put together a drive that stalled inside Bronco territory, but were able to come away with points after a 47 yard field goal. With very little time on the clock, Derrick Thomas found his way across the goal line with a six yard run putting the final touches on the victory.

Final Score: Boise State 52 – Wyoming 17

 

THE UGLY:

After a much needed bye week the Broncos appeared ready for the challenge at hand and only time would tell if they looked rusty. During the opening quarter neither team was able to sustain a drive that finished off with points being scored. Towards the end of the quarter Hedrick dropped back threw to what appeared to be a wide open Boldewijn, but was intercepted by Burns and returned 57 yards for the first points of the game.

Opening up the second quarter Hedrick returned to form and put together a perfect drive that was capped off with a 42 yard pass to Matt Miller for the score. Boise State found success running the ball on their next offensive possession and got inside Cowboys territory only to be stopped, and forced to kick a 49 yard field goal which split the uprights. With the ball back in the Broncos’ hands, Hedrick led the charge and finished the drive by completing a one yard touchdown pass to Holden Huff to extend the lead.

The third quarter was very uneventful as neither team’s offense was able to get their feet underneath them. Wyoming however, was able to get inside Bronco territory and kick a 35 yard field goal halfway through the quarter. Early in the fourth quarter the Cowboys were able to finish off a drive with a 3 yard touchdown run by Miller, which drew the game even. Hedrick and company used a barrage of passes to get inside the red zone and finished off the drive with a 4 yard touchdown reception from Miller. Boise State’s defense was able to stop the Cowboys and returned the ball back into their own offense’s hands late in the game. Boise State put together one final drive and finished it off with a Dan Goodale field goal from 35 yards away.

Final Score: Boise State 27 – Wyoming 17

 

OUTCOME:

After a wait that seemed like eternity to fans, the Broncos returned to action ready to face the Cowboys of Wyoming. The opening kickoff went to Wyoming who failed to have success moving the ball and was forced to punt. Boise State put together a drive filled with screen passes and bruising running from Ajayi and Thomas, which got the ball inside Wyoming territory. Grant Hedrick finished the drive off when he completed a 22 yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller for the first points of the game.

On the next Boise State possession the Broncos favored the passing game while moving the ball down the field. Boldewijn was able to slip past his defender and caught a 33 yard touchdown reception with less than three minutes left in the quarter. Wyoming was able to move the ball on their next drive and came away from the drive with three points after a 32 yard field goal. Boise State’s offense stumbled, and Wyoming used the momentum to get inside Bronco territory, but again had to settle for a field goal, this time from 41 yards away

The Broncos were able to put some points on the board in the second quarter after Shane Williams-Rhodes caught a short screen pass and ran 31 yards into the end zone. Wyoming then responded with a powerful running game, coupled with a variety of passes, on their way to Lange catching a 17 yard pass from Smith for the score. Just before halftime the Broncos leaned on the back of Ajayi, who got the ball inside the red zone, but with time dwindling down Boise State kicked a 27 yard field goal to head into the locker room with a 24-13 advantage.

The third quarter started with both teams ready to assert themselves and instead the defenses stymied both offenses most of the quarter. Wyoming was able to put together a nice drive with under two minutes left in the quarter, but came away with only a field goal from 36 yards away. Boise State put themselves into great field position, starting with a great kick return, and a 21 yard reception by Miller heading into the fourth quarter.

Boise State used the great position to punch it into the end zone for the score after some powerful running by Derrick Thomas. Wyoming responded with a drive of their own, but again after three big stops the Cowboys were forced into a field goal from 33 yards away. Sensing that one final score could put the game out of reach Hedrick threw three straight completions to Miller, each of which was for a first down. Hedrick then sold the play action fake and found Miller open for another completion and another score, this time a 13 yard reception. After one final failed drive by Wyoming, the Broncos lined up in victory formation and came away with the win.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – Wyoming 19

 

Stats from game:

Grant Hedrick: 19-28, 4 td – 1 int, 232 yards,

Jay Ajayi: 16 carries, 72 yds

Derrick Thomas: 13 carries, 79 yards, 1 td

Matt Miller: 9 rec, 152 yds, 2 td

Shane Williams-Rhodes: 4 rec, 55 yds, 1 td

Geraldo Boldewijn: 3 rec, 42 yards, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 7 – Wyoming 0

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. Colorado State

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:   

Needing a bounce back win, after a loss to BYU, the Broncos took the field ready to get back to their winning ways. Early in the game Grant Hedrick found Matt Miller open for a score from 7 yards away. After a defensive stop Boise State was able to put more points on the board when Jay Ajayi found the end zone from 4 yards away. Right before the end of the first quarter Shane Williams-Rhodes slipped a defender after a screen pass, and made his way across the goal for a 23 yard gain, and the score

Opening the second quarter Boise State gained some momentum offensively and drove the ball deep into Rams territory, but were forced into a 32 yard field goal from Dan Goodale. Colorado State was able to slow down the barrage of points, but only when they could muster a field goal of their own from 34 yards away. Williams-Rhodes was able to find the end zone again when he caught a one yard touchdown pass from Hedrick.

Coming back from the locker rooms, Boise State continued their offensive efficiency when Williams-Rhodes caught a touchdown pass from Hedrick from 4 yards away. The defensive continued their dominance, and forced a punt for Colorado State. Following the nice return from Williams-Rhodes, the Broncos had a short field and were able to complete another passing touchdown to Miller.

The Broncos used an offensive passing attack to get down into Rams territory before Derrick Thomas finished off the drive with a running touchdown of his own. Heading into the final 15 minutes the game, and basically all wrapped up, the backups were able to get some playing time. With less than a minute in the game, the score way out of reach for a comeback, Thomas found the end zone to put the final points on the board.

Final Score: Boise State 59 – Colorado State 3

 

THE UGLY:

The Broncos marched onto the field prepared to get another conference win and keep their division title hopes alive. Early on things were going in Boise State’s favor when Matt Miller caught a 23 yard touchdown pass from Grant Hedrick. After an early score neither team was able to keep any offensive momentum as no points were put on the board. With time expiring on the first quarter of the game, Colorado State stalled on their drive inside Bronco territory.

Opening up the second quarter the Rams kicked a 24 yard field goal to draw the game closer. Boise State responded with a turnover that gave the Rams the momentum, and a chance to score and head into halftime with the lead. Shortly after, Colorado State completed a 5 yard pass for the score and gave the Rams an unthinkable lead. It had become apparent that the Rams were ready to complete the role of underdog victor.

After the coaches gave pep talks, the Rams received the kickoff and orchestrated a drive inside Bronco territory that led to a 10 yard run and a score. Boise State’s offensive was able to respond with a score of their own when Boldewijn caught a 3 yard pass. Colorado State ended the quarter with a score of their own when Smith found Gillmore open from 7 yards away, and gave the Rams a 24-14 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of the game.

The final quarter opened up with the Boise State running attack leading the charge, and finishing off a drive when Derrick Thomas found the end zone. Colorado State returned the favor of adding points to the board with a field goal from 37 yards away, as the defensive pressure continued to stifle the Rams. Just before the two minute mark the Broncos were able to retake the lead when Miller found himself on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Hedrick.

The Rams started their next drive with just over two minutes left. The Rams put together a drive full of passing that took advantage of the young corner backs until they were inside Bronco territory. With 3rd down from the 23 yard line and only 0:09 left in the game the Rams lined up for the game winning field goal. With a swift kick the ball split the uprights and gave the victory to Colorado State.

Final Score: Colorado State 30 – Boise State 28  

 

OUTCOME:

After what some considered a shocking loss to BYU, the Broncos took the field prepared to show that last week’s performance wasn’t the true character of this team. Early in the game Grant Hedrick rekindled his form shown against Nevada, while running the read option and used his legs to move the ball. With the ball down inside the 5 yard line, Hedrick used a play action fake to freeze the defense and found Matt Miller open for the early score. Colorado State was able to respond with a drive that lead to a field goal from 31 yards away. Boise State mixed up their play calling and used screen passes and a lone deep pass to Miller to set up a Jay Ajayi touchdown run which extended the Broncos’ lead.

Opening up the second quarter with the ball, Colorado State was able to complete a deep pass to Gillmore to set up the touchdown run by Smith from 3 yards away. The Broncos were able to push through the offensive line and block the PAT that followed. Boise State’s offense returned to the field and didn’t disappoint when Shane Williams-Rhodes slipped by a couple defenders and found his way into the end zone from 32 yards away after a screen pass from Hedrick.

The second half opening drive by Colorado State set the Rams up for another field goal, this time from 39 yards away. Boise State was able to move the ball down the field and inside Ram’s territory before Hedrick slipped a screen pass to Jay Ajayi who ran through defenders on his way into the end zone. Boise State’s defense rose to the challenge and was able to force a quick punt for the Rams, giving the ball back to their offense. The Broncos were able to orchestrate a no huddle offense which led to them getting down inside Colorado State territory. Matt Miller was able to slip inside the coverage of his defender and Hedrick found him open for his second score of the game, increasing the Boise State lead.

Heading into the fourth quarter the Broncos held a 35-12 edge and it appeared as though this game was all but wrapped up. Colorado State didn’t seem to see it that way as they drove the ball deep inside Bronco territory, but were forced to settle for a field goal from 24 yards away. After a failed onside kick attempt the Broncos put in their reserves and put the final nail in the coffin when Derrick Thomas crossed the goal line midway through the final quarter.

Final Score: Boise State 42 – Colorado State 15

 

Stats from game:

Grant Hedrick: 20-32, 4 td – 1 int, 277 yards, 1 rush td

Jay Ajayi: 13 carries, 66 yds, 1 td, 2 rec, 24 yds, 1 td

Matt Miller: 11 rec, 130 yds, 2 td

Shane Williams-Rhodes: 4 rec, 58 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 6 – Colorado State 1

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. BYU

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:

             In hostile territory the Broncos of Boise State prepared for the opening kickoff, as the crowd made it almost deafening to hear inside the stadium. The opening drive started the Hedrick led era with a successful drive that found the Broncos scoring when Matt Miller was the recipient of a 16 yard touchdown pass. Towards the end of the first quarter Taysom Hill and the Cougars orchestrated their own successful drive with Hill crossing the goal line after running for nine hard-earned yards.

            The second quarter appeared much like the Nevada game with very little Boise State offensive production. The Cougars kicked a field goal from 26 yards out with just under three minutes in the half. After a BYU defensive stand, the Cougars scored again with Williams running in from 2 yards out. The Broncos appeared to have started the game on a high and were slightly deflated in the second quarter as their run game appeared to be stalling.

            Coming out at halftime, and after a pep talk the Broncos regained form, as they immediately stopped the BYU offense. The Broncos used an aerial assault while moving down the field, and ended the drive with Boldewijn scoring after a 29 yard pass from Hedrick. Following another stalled BYU drive the Broncos again found the end zone with Boldewijn, catching a 17 yard pass, giving Boise State the lead. The Cougar offense had seen enough and drove the ball down the field, but just inside Bronco territory, were again forced to punt the ball. Boise State capitalized when Matt Miller caught a 34 yard pass, slipped a tackle, and ran into the end zone just before time expired in the third quarter.

            Opening the fourth quarter BYU had the ball and great field position after a solid return, but was stopped when they couldn’t convert on a 4th down inside Bronco territory. Boise State however drove the ball down the field and Hedrick found Matt Miller one more time for the score, this time from 3 yards out. Later in the quarter Ajayi got in on the scoring action and ran in for a score of his own from 4 yards away. With less than 4 minutes in the game Hedrick scrambled to his left due to the pressure and found Connor Peters open for an 18 yard score. With garbage time in full effect the Cougars put a drive together and scored with Falsley catching a 9 yard touchdown pass from Munns.

Final Score: Boise State 49 – BYU 24

THE UGLY:

            Boise State arrived to the game with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the program with an unproven quarterback at the helm. None of the fears mattered as the Broncos received the opening kickoff and drove down the field only to finish off the drive with Derrick Thomas running in for the score from 3 yards away. BYU answered right back with their own offense production in part to a strong running game. After a play action fake, Taysom Hill found a wide open Henderson from a yard out to bring the game even. Just before the end of the first quarter Dan Goodale connected with a 28 yard field goal that split the uprights to retake the lead.

            Midway through the second quarter the Broncos used a strong passing game to move the ball down the field and Matt Miller caught a 2 yard touchdown pass from Hedrick. The Broncos defense used a blitzing attack to force the Cougars into punting and Hedrick responded quickly with throwing a 64 yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller against the young BYU secondary. Just before heading into halftime the Cougars were able to shrink the lead with a 49 yard field goal.

            Early in the third quarter Boise State was able to put together a short drive thanks to good field position from a shanked punt. The Broncos scored from 2 yards away with Ajayi getting the carry and increasing the lead. After the defense forced another punt the Broncos orchestrated a strong running attack down inside Cougar territory, but were forced to kick another field goal, this time from 28 yards away. BYU responded, behind the legs of Taysom Hill and Alisa, when they scored on a 3 yard run midway through the third quarter. The Cougars brought the game closer when Friel caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from Hill after a Broncos turnover.

            Heading into the fourth quarter the Broncos held a 34-24 advantage with neither team holding a distinct advantage offensively. Boise State’s offense stalled until late in the final quarter when a drive halted, and again Goodale split the uprights with his kick from 24 yard away. With BYU down by thirteen desperation appeared to be showing as Hill used a hurry up offense to get deep inside Boise State territory. Williams was able to pound the ball inside for a score from a yard away with only a 1:38 left in the game. After a failed onside attempt the hopes of the Cougars faithful was diminished until the two teams faced again next year.

Final Score: Boise State 37 – BYU 31

OUTCOME:

            With warm-ups complete, the Broncos entered the stadium to a surplus of boos thanks to a rivalry that has grown from two successful programs. Boise State received the opening kickoff and found success running the ball in part to two running threats with the addition of Hedrick. Ajayi finished off the opening drive when he marched in from 6 yards out for the first score of the game. Taysom Hill and company wasted little time moving the ball down the field and capped off a drive of their own with Hill trotting into the end zone.

            Heading into the second quarter BYU had the ball and behind the arm of Hill the Cougars moved the ball down the field. Hill found a wide open Williams on a screen play and he, found the end zone to give the Cougars the lead much to the delight of the BYU fans. Hedrick and company’s success on the ground appeared to be stalling as the Bronco’s couldn’t seem to sustain a drive of their own, that is until just before the end of the half when they got deep into BYU territory. The Broncos were unsuccessful in punching it into the end zone and kicked a 23 yard field.

            BYU came out of the half with a 4 point edge and a chance to increase their lead, that is until Demarcus Lawrence came around the edge and sacked Hill on third down to force a punt. Boise State’s offense responded and Hedrick found success through the air while spreading the ball around to the many Bronco offensive weapons. Hedrick found Boldewijn open for 27 yard touchdown pass to retake the lead for Boise State. Hedrick continued his aerial dominance when he found Matt Miller open on a 9 yard slant route.

            With the fifteen minutes left to decide the outcome of the game BYU put together a drive of misdirection which was finished off with Williams walking into the end zone from 4 yards out. The Broncos went back to their roots and were able to find success running the ball against a tired BYU defense. Boise State was able to put more points on the board when Miller again slipped by his defender inside the red zone and was rewarded with another touchdown reception.

            After a Boise State defensive stop the Broncos offense returned to the field looking to put the game out of reach. The Broncos offense was able to run quite a bit of time off the clock while they drove the ball down the field. Boise State sealed the victory when Hedrick faked a hand-off, slipped a tackle, and used his speed to make his way into the end zone from 13 yards away. With less than three minutes left in the game, desperation took over for BYU, and after a failed fourth down attempt the game was over.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – BYU 21

Stats from game:

Grant Hedrick: 20-32, 3 td – 0 int, 315 yards, 1 rush td

Jay Ajayi: 16 carries, 70 yds, 1 td

Matt Miller: 10 rec, 162 yds, 2 td

Shane Williams-Rhodes: 4 rec, 40 yds

Geraldo Boldewijn: 2 rec, 44 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

Jeremy Ioane: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, ½ sack, 1 pass def.

Head to Head:

Boise State 7 – BYU 0

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. Nevada

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:

            With Nevada set to receive the opening kickoff, tension in the air was palpable as these two foes prepared to square off once more. The defense carried over some of their tenacity from the previous week, stopping the Nevada drive before it began. Unfortunately the Broncos’ offense stumbled again early in the first quarter and was forced to punt. Neither team was able to capitalize on a drive until Boise State broke out the scoring with Jack Fields running in from 12 yards out just before the end of the first quarter.

Nevada’s offense couldn’t seem to get anything going and was forced to punt the ball. The Broncos took over possession and on the very first play threw a 32 yard strike to Shane Williams-Rhodes, the newly utilized dynamic play-maker. Boise State capped off the drive with a 3 yard pass to Williams-Rhodes, opening up the Bronco lead. Nevada wasted no time in returning the favor when Fajardo found Wimberly open for a 7 yard score to bring the game closer, midway through the second quarter. Just before halftime Matt Miller returned to his usual self and found himself on the receiving end of a 1 yard touchdown pass from Southwick.

Early in the third quarter Nevada capitalized on their drive, with McLaurin scoring on a 1 yard touchdown run, bringing the deficit to seven. The Broncos continued their offense prowess as they drove the ball down the field with steady running, capped off with Ajayi walking into the end zone from 1 yard out for the score. After a Nevada interception, Southwick led the offense into the end zone again, this time a 3 yard pass to Connor Peters.

Before the end of the third quarter Boise State found their way back into the end zone with Ajayi scoring from 8 yards out. Reserves made their way into the game, and neither team put many more points on the board until the end of the quarter. Nevada was able to orchestrate a drive, but was forced into attempting a 30 yard field which was right down the middle. After a failed onside kick attempt, Boise State’s Derrick Thomas ripped off a 30 yard run to set the Broncos up for a first and goal from the 3 yard line. Derrick Thomas was able to put one final score on the board with a 2 yard run with 0:26 left in the game.

Final Score: Boise State 49 – Nevada 17

THE UGLY:

            After Boise State won the coin toss and elected to defer, Nevada lined up ready to get the upset underway. Nevada finished off their first drive when Solomon found his way across the goal line after a short 6 yard run. Southwick and company answered right back when Matt Miller caught a 44 yard touchdown pass with a defender in his face. Towards the end of the first quarter the Wolfpack found themselves drawing closing to the Boise State red zone.

            Nevada opened up the second quarter by putting more points on the board when Fajardo found Wimberly open from 28 yard away, which increased their lead. The Broncos were in need of a momentum shift and that’s just what they got when Dallas Burroughs returned the following kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The two teams found themselves in a stalemate the remaining part of the second quarter, but right before halftime Nevada kicked a 35 yard field goal to take a 17-14 advantage into the locker rooms.

            Midway through the third quarter catastrophe stuck when Southwick injured his throwing shoulder after a big sack. Hedrick came on to the field in an unfamiliar position of not only his team behind, but the game’s outcome resting on his shoulders. Throughout the third quarter he played steady, but never could help finish off a drive. Heading into the fourth quarter the score remained a three point advantage for the Wolfpack.

            Opening up the final fifteen minutes of the game, Nevada added to their lead when Fajardo found Arendse open for a 3 yard touchdown and a ten point lead. The Hedrick led Broncos offense, responded with a drive of their own which was completed when Kirby Moore caught a 52 yard pass for the touchdown. Nevada then did the unimaginable and used a long methodical drive to get into the Broncos’ red zone with under two minutes left in the game. They put the final nail in the coffin when Wimberly caught a 4 yard pass for the touchdown with 1:17 left in the game.

Final Score: Nevada 31 – Boise State 21

OUTCOME:

            As Nevada was set to receive the ball it appeared as though the Broncos were a different team, a team full of confidence, team that coaches knew would eventually manifest itself as the pieces were coming together. With the opening kickoff the game was underway and after the defense forced a punt the Broncos offense stepped on to the field prepared to start the game with a successful drive. After mixing in some runs and the success of the Shane Williams-Rhodes screen play, the Broncos found themselves 4 yards from the end zone. Jay Ajayi finished off the drive when he marched his way into the end zone for the first points of the game.

            The Wolfpack returned to the field and found success moving the ball and finished off their drive with a Fajardo touchdown pass to Wimberly. Demarcus Lawrence found a way to block the extra point and kept the Broncos holding on to their lead. Boise State moved the ball down the field by continuing to put the ball in their playmaker, Williams-Rhodes’, hands down inside Nevada territory. Williams-Rhodes helped end the drive when he caught a screen, juked to his left and after a missed tackle danced into the end zone.

            Opening the second quarter Nevada was able to keep their offense moving, but only until they were inside field goal range, and after a 29 yard kick, they shrunk the lead to five points. Boise State increased their lead when Matt Miller slipped inside his defender for a 7 yard touchdown reception. Boise State got the ball back and put together a two-minute drill that put them inside field goal range. Dan Goodale did the rest when he made a 34 yard field goal with time expiring, giving the Broncos a 24-9 advantage heading into halftime.

            Boise State’s offense faltered to start the second half after three failed pass attempts.  Nevada jumped on the opportunity to put more points on the board when Fajardo ran for the score from 2 yards away. Nevada attempted the two point conversion, but Bryan Douglas batted down the pass that would have brought the game within one touchdown. Southwick returned to the field and helped the offense move the ball into Nevada territory, before the end of the third quarter.

            Opening the final quarter Ajayi broke through the defense and after back to back first down runs, the offense appeared to be on their way for another score. Southwick extended the Broncos’ lead when he found an open Holden Huff for his first score of the season. Boise State tried for the two point conversion to extend their lead, but were stopped when Fields stopped for no gain on the attempt. Fajardo and the Nevada offense moved the chains down into the Broncos’ territory just before the end of the third quarter.

Nevada’s momentum was stopped, and they were forced to kick another field goal, this time from 32 yards away which slid just inside the left upright. Boise State’s offense marched slowly down the field with a long drive that took nearly half the fourth quarter, finished off when Jack Fields scampered into the end zone from 9 yards out, ending all hope the Wolfpack had of knocking off the Broncos.

Final Score: Boise State 37 – Nevada 18

Stats from game:

Joe Southwick: 15-21, 3 td – 0 int, 249 yards

Jay Ajayi: 15 carries, 67 yds, 1 td

Jack Fields: 11 carries, 54 yds, 1 td

Matt Miller: 7 rec, 129 yds, 1 td

Shane Williams-Rhodes: 5 rec, 89 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Bryan Douglas: 3 tackles, ½ TFL, 1 int, 1 def

Head to Head:

Boise State 6 – Nevada 1

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. Utah State

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

THE GOOD:       

                With the Mountain Division title more than likely on the line, the Broncos took the field anxious to get their first road win of the season. Boise State received the opening kickoff and after a couple minutes and a few first downs, Joe Southwick found Kirby Moore open for a 41 yard touchdown pass. The Broncos’ defense came onto the field and forced the Aggies into punting the ball from their own 31 yard line. Boise State used this momentum and behind the strong running of Jay Ajayi scored again with a 7 yard run to increase the lead to 14-0.

The defense forced the Aggies again to punt the ball and Southwick again went through his progressions and found Matt Miller open for a 28 yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Utah State orchestrated a drive down into Bronco territory, but were stopped on a fourth and one at the Boise State 37 yard line. Jack Fields busted through the line and ran for a gain of 19 yards to get the ball back into Aggie territory. Dallas Burroughs slipped past his defender and Southwick found him for a 14 yard touchdown pass towards the end of the first quarter.

Opening the second quarter Utah State had the ball and a third and eight from their own 49 yard line, but after a batted down pass, punted the ball back to the Broncos. Southwick picked apart the Aggie defense down into the red zone and finished off the drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller. Craig Harrison finally was able to put together a successful drive for the Aggies as he ran in from 7 yards out to finally put them on the board. After a long drive that started from the Broncos’ 14 yard line, Southwick tossed a 30 yard touchdown pass to Kirby Moore to increase the Boise State lead.

The third quarter was pretty uneventful with Utah State kicking a field goal midway in the quarter for the only change in the scoreboard. Opening the fourth quarter the reserves were getting all the snaps for both teams and the offenses sputtered. Utah State was able to get into Boise State territory, but again was forced to kick another field goal with 7:17 left in the game. Hedrick lead the second team offense on the final drive that got them into the red zone with less than two minutes in the game. Uncharacteristic of Coach Pete’s offense the Broncos tallied the final points on the board with 0:42 left in the game when Jack Fields rushed up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown.                    

Final Score: Boise State 49 – Utah State 13

 

THE UGLY:

                With the opening kickoff the Aggies received the ball, but after a short return, had a long drive ahead of them. Utah State was up to the task as Craig Harrison led the charge and finished the drive with a 13 yard touchdown pass. Midway through the quarter Boise State drew the game even with Jack Fields running in for a score from 2 yards out. After this neither offense got anything going and Utah State was forced to punt right at the end of quarter.

Starting off their drive Southwick took a huge sack and would miss the rest of the game. Hedrick entered the game ready to make the most of his opportunity and he didn’t disappoint. He found Matt Miller open for a 30 yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos the lead. Utah State answered with a drive of their own that put points on the board with a 43 yard field goal. Ajayi and Hedrick led the attack and drove the ball deep into Aggie territory and after a run up the middle Ajayi found the end zone from 3 yards out. With the game almost heading into halftime the Aggies responded and scored with a 5 yard touchdown pass to draw the game closer at 21-17.

After being down at the half the Aggies forced the Broncos offense into a quick punt and immediately drove the ball down the field, while gaining momentum, and ran the ball in from 6 yards out to retake the lead. Hedrick and the Broncos offense responded a few minutes later when Matt Miller slipped by his defender and Hedrick rewarded him with a 24 yard reception and the score. Utah State, behind the crowd’s energy, drove the ball down the field and almost into the Boise State red zone.

With less than four minutes left in the third quarter Harrison found an open receiver for a 20 yard touchdown pass to take the lead by three points. Boise State’s offense sputtered on the next drive and was forced to give the ball back to the Aggies. Utah State drove the ball and got into Bronco territory as time expired on the third quarter. The Aggies didn’t waste much time as they found the end zone again when Harrison completed a 31 yard touchdown pass with 13:42 left in the game. Unfortunately that’s where the scoring ended and neither team could find the end zone for the remainder of the game.

Final Score: Utah State 38 – Boise State 28  

 

OUTCOME:

                As game time loomed towards the 6 pm kickoff the rain started to drizzle and it was going to be a cold night in Logan, Utah. The Broncos were set to receive the ball and the game was underway. On the opening drive the Broncos sputtered and were forced to punt the ball. The Aggies came onto the field with a new quarterback due to the Chuckie Keeton injury against BYU and the offense faltered with Harrison at the helm. Southwick regained his form and led the Broncos towards the end zone and found Matt Miller with a back shoulder fade from 6 yards out for the first points of the game.

Harrison and the Aggies were able pass against the young Boise State secondary down into the red zone, but were forced into a field goal. Before the end of the first quarter Ajayi ran the ball up the middle for a gain of 13 yards to get the Broncos down into the red zone. Southwick led the offensive charge, but Ajayi finished off the drive, running in for the score from 8 yards away.

The opening drive of the second half brought the Aggies closer as Harrison led them deep into Bronco territory, he then threw a touchdown pass from 6 yards away. Boise State was able to keep the pace while using their running game to score again, this time Jack Fields dancing into the end zone. As halftime drew closer the Aggies were on their way towards the end zone, but with little time on the clock Harrison’s deep pass was intercepted by Darian Thompson.

Opening up the second half the Aggies were fired up and used that momentum to pick apart the Bronco defense all the way down to the 8 yard line. After three unsuccessful attempts to get into the end zone Utah State was forced to kick a field goal and bring the score closer at 21-13. Southwick sensing this was his moment to take charge, led the offense with an aerial assault down just inside Aggie territory. Southwick rolled to his right and found a streaking Kirby Moore open for a 39 yard touchdown pass.

The Utah State offense couldn’t get back on track as they were forced to punt the ball and give the ball and momentum back to the Broncos. Boise State capitalized on this momentum and after another passing attack the Broncos kicked a 32 yard field goal to expand their lead. Towards the end of the third quarter Southwick found Matt Miller open for a short 3 yard touchdown pass to increase their lead. With the game in hand, the Broncos put in their reserves that finished the game with no more scoring.

Final Score: Boise State 38 – Utah State 13

 

Stats from game:

Joe Southwick: 18-28, 3 td – 0 int, 289 yards

Jack Fields: 10 carries, 50 yds, 1 td

Jay Ajayi: 14 carries, 73 yds, 1 td

Matt Miller: 8 rec, 119 yds, 2 td

Kirby Moore: 4 rec, 73 yds, 1 td

Demarcus Lawrence: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, ½ sack

Darian Thompson: 2 tackles, 1 int

 

Head to Head:

Boise State 6 – Utah State 1

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State vs. Southern Mississippi

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated 7 seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

 

THE GOOD:             

After a week of regrouping and correcting mistakes that cost Boise State the game, against Fresno State, the Broncos were anxious to get the game underway. Boise State had found themselves in an unfamiliar position of having just as many wins as losses to this point in the season. The Golden Eagles on the other hand found themselves in a similar position as last season while starting off their season 0-3.

Boise State elected to defer, and after a long kick, the Golden Eagles returned the opening kickoff back to their own 23 yard line. The offense marched onto the field hoping that their bye week had given them time to correct whatever mistakes have caused the winless start to their season. After three unsuccessful plays Southern Miss was forced to punt the ball which Boise State returned to their own 34 yard line. Following the Golden Eagle’s example the Broncos couldn’t get anything going and was forced to punt the ball.

Southern Miss’ offense returned to the field and, after a short 4 yard pass and two runs up the middle that were stopped by the defensive line, were forced to punt. On the punt return Williams-Rhodes made two defenders miss and returned the ball to the 50 yard line and gave Boise State great field position. The Broncos continued their new-found offense of short passes and runs up the middle all the way down to the 6 yard line before being stopped. Southwick then found Miller on a slant route for the touchdown and gave Boise State the lead.

Very little action followed the remainder of the first quarter as neither team crossed the goal line. Starting off the second quarter Boise State had the ball and continued the offensive success down to the 7 yard line where Holden Huff slipped past his defender and was rewarded with a touchdown reception from Southwick. USM then found some success throwing the ball against the young Boise State corners, followed by a field goal from 32 yards out.

Following the Golden Eagles’ score the Broncos orchestrated a drive down the field and again Miller was open for a short touchdown pass. USM took the next kickoff back to the 40 yard line and after a 24 yard pass followed by a 10 yard run, lined up for a field goal. The kick was from 43 yards out and the Golden Eagles’ kicker split the uprights to bring the score closer at 21-6 headed into halftime.

The second half started with both teams being forced to punt on their respective opening drives. Midway through the third quarter pressure forced Southwick to roll to his right where he found Huff open for a 27 yard touchdown pass. Boise State was quick to force a Southern Miss three and out, giving the Broncos possession at their own 42 yard line. After a perfectly executed fake hand off Southwick rolled to his right and found a streaking Boldewijn on the sideline for a gain of 58 yards and the touchdown. With that score Boise State took a 35-6 lead and on came the reserves.

With the reserves getting the remaining plays of the game it became very uneventful. Neither team could get their offenses going as drives ended almost quicker than they began. With less than 4 minutes left in the game Grant Hedrick started to get the offense moving in the right direction. On a third and eleven from the Boise State 36 yard line, and seventeen second left in the game, Hedrick made magic happen. (Now I know Coach Pete would never allow this, but EA does, so let it slide) Hedrick snapped the ball rolled to his left, saw pressure, ran back to the right and delivered a deep pass to Dallas Burroughs who then trotted into the end zone for a 64 yard touchdown pass with 0:07 left in the game.

Final Score: Boise State 42 – Southern Miss 6  

THE UGLY: 

With fans filling in most of the stadium, players finished up their warms ups, all while Bronco Nation appeared in a funk from the previous weeks defeat. Both teams took the field for the opening kickoff which Southern Miss elected to receive. The opening quarter was far from a barn burner as neither team could sustain a drive for more than a couple first downs as the defenses reigned supreme. All of this was put to rest when the Golden Eagles finally got the chains moving all the way down inside the red zone, and finished it off with a 12 yard touchdown pass to take the early lead.

Starting off the second quarter Boise State’s offense still seemed stumped by the formations of Southern Miss’ defense. Midway through the second quarter the Broncos’ concerns were put to rest when Southwick found Matt Miller for a 2 yard touchdown to tie up the game. The Broncos’ defense borrowed some of that offensive momentum and stuffed the USM offense to give the ball back to Southwick and Company. Boise State continued that momentum down into the red zone before being forced to kick a field goal which split the uprights with two minutes left in the half. USM drove the ball back down the field and lined up for a kick with 0:12 left, it stayed just inside the uprights, and tied the game at 10-10 heading into halftime

Coming out of the tunnel the Broncos appeared to be stunned by the fact that a 0-3 team was tied up with them at halftime, yet that was reality. After receiving the kickoff Shane Williams-Rhodes went to his left and then cut back to his right and found open field only to be stopped at the 49 yard line. That return would be the only good play for Boise State on this drive as the Broncos immediately went three and out. The punting battle continued for the next few possessions when finally the Golden Eagles sustained a drive, but ended in a 30 yard field goal. Following the confidence that USM showed on their offensive drive Southwick led the charge and Boise State found themselves 4 yards from the goal line. Jay Ajayi, who recently returned to Coach Pete’s good side, took the hand-off and ran up the middle to regain the lead for the Broncos

Early in the fourth quarter Jay Ajayi and Southwick found success in the running game and led the drive, and eventually another touchdown run, to give Boise State a 24-13 lead. Southern Miss turned the ball over and gave Boise State a chance to put the game away, but after gaining momentum with a couple first downs, was forced to punt the ball. The Golden Eagles started their drive from their own 30 yard line and with just over four minutes left in the game knew they needed a big play.

A big play was exactly what they got as they connected on a 70 yard touchdown pass and brought the game back to only a one score differential. Now being down by five points the Golden Eagles decided to go for a two point conversion, but there attempt was stopped when they tried to run it up the middle. Boise State knew that Southern Miss was going to onside the ball, and even though they were prepared for it, somehow a funny bounce later and the Golden Eagles had the ball again.

The Golden Eagles then drove the ball down to the 3 yard line with a little over two minutes left in the game before running for the touchdown. Southern Miss went for the two point conversion to increase their lead to three points and after a slant route they had done it. Southern Miss kicked the ball off to the Broncos and after a touchback, the Broncos were forced to start from their 25 yard line. Southwick returned to the field anxious to lead the charge and hopefully put the Broncos in position for the win.

The Broncos’ offense completed a 10 yard pass to Matt Miller, followed by a pass to Kirby Moore for 11 yards. Now the Broncos leaned on their running game that gained 4 yards, then three, then five, and another first down. With time running down the Broncos threw 2 incompletions to set up a third and ten from the USM 42 yard line and 14 seconds left in the game. Southwick snapped the ball and took his three step drop, threw the ball to Matt Miller who had set up for a 12 yard curl, only to have the ball batted down. Now with 6 seconds left in the game a Hail Mary was there only shot. Coach Pete made the call to take a shot for the end zone since they were out of field goal range, but after one more batted down pass, the Golden Eagles ended their losing streak.

Final Score: Southern Miss 27 – Boise State 24

 

OUTCOME:

The sting of a heartbreaking loss loomed, ever so eerily, throughout the stadium as fans piled into their seats, all while a sense of uncertainty filled the air. Would the potent new offense return or would we be subjected to another lackadaisical performance was on the minds of fans. With the game ready to begin, and Southern Miss set to receive, the questions would soon be answered.

The Golden Eagles were forced to start their drive from the 25 yard line after Dan Goodale kicked the ball into the back of the end zone. With the opening drive USM found early success using their hurry up offense all while gaining three first downs. The Golden Eagles ran into a little trouble when Bryan Douglas intercepted the next pass and returned it into the end zone to give the Broncos an early lead. In typical Bronco fashion they went for a two point conversion on their opening score, but were stopped before crossing the goal line.

Southern Miss came back onto the field and again found success running the ball up the middle and mixing in a few short passes that seemed to catch the Bronco defense off guard. Southern Miss eventually found the end zone after a 15 yard route and a missed tackle left the receiver trotting into the end zone and bringing the game even. After the PAT USM found themselves off to an early lead halfway through the first quarter.

Behind the legs of new starting running back Aaron Baltazar, Boise State found success on the ground with runs up the middle and a few sweeps. Joe Southwick and the offense eventually stumbled inside the red zone and were forced to kick a field goal which retook the lead. Boise State’s defense was up to the challenge this drive and forced a punt to give the ball back to their offense to start off the second quarter.

With momentum on their side Southwick orchestrated a pass first drive that brought the offense 14 yards from the end zone. On a first and ten, Baltazar ran up the middle for a gain of 4 yards and followed that up with a 3 yard gain on second down. On third down Coach Pete put the ball back into the senior quarterback’s hands and he delivered with a touchdown pass to an open Matt Miller.

Southern Miss started off their next drive off with a few short passes and completed a third and three after running the ball up the middle. The Golden Eagles found success passing in the middle of the field, and eventually drove the ball down inside the 13 yard line. They completed the drive with a touchdown run by the quarterback. The Golden Eagles did something daring by going for the two point conversion and converted to shrink the Broncos’ lead to 16-15. Boise State’s offense stumbled early in their drive and were forced to punt with under a minute left in the half.

Coming out of the tunnel the Golden Eagles appeared to have a rejuvenated spirit while the Broncos looked confused. Boise State took their opening drive and started it off with a 34 yard completion to Geraldo Boldewijn that left the Broncos 27 yards from a score. Those yard were hard fought, but Aaron Baltazar finished off the drive when he crossed the goal line after a 12 yard run to the outside and diving into the end zone.

Over the next eight minutes neither team’s offense found success moving the chains and it became a game of field position. With less than two minutes in the quarter, the Broncos regained their momentum, and Southwick led the offense down the field and into the end zone when he found Matt Miller open in the back of the end zone. The Broncos had extended their lead to fifteen points heading into the fourth quarter.

USM was able to muster another pass oriented drive down the field, which was stopped when Bryan Douglas batted down a pass on third down. The Golden Eagles were forced to kick a field goal which split the uprights and brought the score closer at 30-18. Southwick and company marched back onto the field ready to extend their lead and hopefully put the game away with eight minutes left in the game.

Starting off the drive Jay Ajayi was back in the game and he didn’t disappoint as he ran the ball up the middle and ran over defenders. After being benched in the previous week Ajayi seemed to protect the ball better as no matter how many the defenders there were, the ball never left his hands. With the strong running, a play action fake froze the defense, and Southwick found Kirby Moore open after slipping under the defense for an 18 yard touchdown. With four minutes left in the game Southern Miss tried to orchestrate one final drive, but came up just short as time expired.

 

 

Final Score: Boise State 37 – Southern Miss 18  

 

Stats from Game:

Joe Southwick: 19-30, 3 TD – 1 INT, 294 yards

Jay Ajayi: 9 carries, 45 yards, 0 TD

Aaron Baltazar: 16 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD

Matt Miller: 9 receptions, 129 yards, 2 TD

Kirby Moore: 4 receptions, 62 yards, 1 TD

Beau Martin: 3 tackles, 1 TFL, ½ sack

Bryan Douglas: 5 tackles, 1 INT, 2 pass break-up, 1 TD

 

Head to Head: Boise State 6 – Southern Miss 1

NCAA 14 Simulation: Boise State at Fresno State

The scenario for each of these match-ups is a simple process, I take the current roster and set up multiple dynasties and simulate the seasons, to collect my data. To make sure I had a large enough sample size I simulated seven seasons to gather the right information. To make it easier to follow I edited the roster to include actual names of the players and aside from that we are all EA sports. With each opponent I will try to give you a best case scenario, worst case scenario, and a possible outcome. Boise State is running out of a pistol offense to keep it as close to reality as possible.

 

THE GOOD:

As warm-ups finished up and with kickoff looming ever so closely the Broncos appeared to have a different swagger to them, one unfamiliar to this season. With the opening kickoff the Broncos were stopped at their own 18 yard line. After a couple of first down runs Boise State was forced to punt the ball and pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own territory. After an unsuccessful drive by Fresno State, the home team for forced to punt the ball.

Boise State started their next drive from their own 35 and drove the ball right down the field and capped off their first successful drive of the evening with an 18 yard strike from Joe Southwick to Dallas Burroughs. The remaining 5:29 of the first quarter was pretty mellow with neither team putting points on the scoreboard. Starting off the second quarter Jay Ajayi led the charge and after three first down runs set the broncos up with a first and goal from the 4 yard line. A quick toss to the outside and strong running from Ajayi and the Broncos were up 14-0.

Fresno State rallied behind Brian Burrell as David Derek Carr was out with a shoulder injury. Burrell and the Bulldogs drove straight down the field and finished their drive with a 3 yard touchdown and closing the gap to 14-7. The Broncos responded when Southwick found a wide open Matt Miller in the corner of the end zone. The defense continued to dominate the offensive line of the Bulldogs and Fresno was forced to punt.  Boise State opened up their next drive with Southwick faking a hand-off to Ajayi, keeping it, and sprinting 78 yards for the score.

The Broncos, using some blitz packages, applied pressure to back-up quarterback Burrell and forced an interception. With less than a minute before halftime the Broncos had good field position and tried to run the ball for the first down. Boise was stopped on three unsuccessful running attempts and Dan Goodale kicked a 43 yard field goal with 0:09 left and gave Boise State a 31-7 advantage heading into halftime.

Coming out of the tunnel it appeared that Fresno State was missing some mojo without Carr at the helm of the offense. After three first downs to open their drive the Bulldogs were forced to punt and Southwick and company returned to the field looking to finish them off. Southwick led the charge and mixed in some short passes as the Broncos found themselves 10 yards from another score. Miller again slipped by his defender and Southwick rewarded him with a well-placed throw for the score. The Bulldogs then proceeded to find success running the ball and drove it down to the 30 yard line before they were stopped as time expired on the third quarter.

Opening up the fourth quarter the bulldogs lined up for a 41 yard field goal and split the uprights. Most of the remaining fourth quarter was watching reserves as Boise State subbed in both the second team offense and defense. Thankfully the Broncos were able to string some plays together and Aaron Baltazar scored halfway through the quarter with a powerful 4 yard run. With 2 minutes left Baltazar again found the end zone, but this time from 7 yards out while increasing the Broncos’ lead.

Final Score: Boise State 52 – Fresno State 10

 

THE UGLY:

With kickoff around the corner, the stadium finished filling up with red and white clad fans. Boise State lost the coin toss and would be receiving the opening kickoff. The opening drive opened up the same way we had in some of the previous games this year. Boise State could not seem to get anything going and after a quick three plays was forced to punt. Fresno pounced on this opportunity and drove the ball down into the red zone only to throw an interception and give the ball back to the Broncos. Boise State didn’t squander their chances and drove the ball behind a short passing game and power running down to the 1 yard line. Southwick then threw a quick fade to Matt Miller for the first score of the game. The remaining 8:14 of the quarter was pretty uneventful as neither time could sustain a long drive.

Boise State broke the scoring silence early in the second quarter when Dan Goodale kicked a 27 yard field goal and increased the Broncos’ lead to 10-0. The defenses then controlled the half as both teams gained a couple first downs and would be forced to punt the ball. Heading into the half the Broncos held a 10-0 lead, but with a potent team like Fresno State no lead appeared to be enough. Coaches still seemed uneasy with the fact that so many opportunities hadn’t been capitalized on and yet the game was still very close.

Heading back onto the field Fresno appeared to have changed something at halftime and a different team appeared from the locker rooms. Fresno took the kickoff and returned it to the 40 yard line while giving themselves great field position for their opening drive of the second half. Derek Carr then orchestrated a hurry-up offense to perfection while the Bronco defenders grew increasingly more tired. Carr found Adams open on a slant route for 8 yards and the first Fresno State score of the game. Boise State didn’t flinch after giving up a score, and behind the running game of Aaron Baltazar, moved the ball down the field and finished off the drive with a 3 yard run up the middle, increasing the Broncos lead to 17-7.

The Bulldogs didn’t seem to be rattled by falling behind, when they quickly responded with some big running plays and Carr throwing another touchdown pass, this time a 6 yard pass to Jensen. With the score now set at 17-14 and heading into the fourth quarter the crowd finally started to get into the game and got behind their Bulldogs and started to cause havoc on the Broncos’ offense.

 

Boise State couldn’t seem to find an answer to the Bulldogs’ new found confidence after their score. The Broncos’ defense allowed another touchdown early in the fourth quarter with Carr scrambling in from 1 yard out to take the lead at 21-17. With the fans rattling the stadium at this point, the Bulldogs sensed a chance to finish off the Broncos, forced a punt and gave Fresno the ball back with the lead and time not on the Boise State side. Fresno lead a long drawn out drive down the field and with less than two minutes in the game Carr found Jensen again for a score. This appeared to be the dagger in the chest of the Broncos as the clock continued counting down and Boise State couldn’t seem to put any more points on the board.

 

Final Score: Fresno State 28 – Boise State 17

 

OUTCOME:

A nationally televised game, a stadium filled with red and white, a newly ranked Fresno State team stood in the way of Boise State adding to their win streak. With the opening kickoff of the game the Bulldogs returned the ball to the 27 yard line, the game – which could decide Mountain West dominance – was underway. Derek Carr and the Bulldogs took the field ready to show that they reigned supreme in the conference. On the very first play of the game Carr found Jensen over the middle, and after a few missed tackles, a gain of 37 yards. With Fresno now deep in Boise State territory the Bulldogs found themselves more confident, and after a couple short passes and some good running found themselves in the end zone and a 7-0 lead.

Boise State started their first drive at the 25 yard line when the kickoff was downed in the end zone. Joe Southwick took the field and handed the ball to Jay Ajayi for a gain of 7 yards. Southwick took the next snap and faked to Ajayi and ran for a gain of 6 more. The Broncos hurried to the line and using their pistol formation, combined with misdirection and proper reads, drove the remaining sixty two yards. They finished it off with Southwick selling the play action and finding Kirby Moore running along the back of the end zone.

The Bulldogs started off their drive from the 25 yard line as Dan Goodale kicked the ball out of the end zone. Carr and company started the next drive with a deep pass for a gain of 37 yards after a blown coverage. The next play provided a turn in the Broncos’ favor as Demarcus Lawrence and Jeremy Ioane sacked Carr, causing him to fumble, and recovered by the Broncos.

Southwick came back onto the field and found Boldewijn open for a gain of 16 over the middle. Ajayi found some running room up the middle as the Broncos strung together four first downs in a row.  With Boise State only 4 yards from the goal line they handed to Jay Ajayi, who barreled himself through a Bulldog defender for the score. Fresno State gained some momentum back as they proceeded to block the extra point of Dan Goodale.

Opening up the second quarter Fresno had the ball and was driving towards the end zone, when Ben Weaver stopped Carr from scrambling on a third and short, forcing fourth down. The Bulldogs came out in a goal line formation and pushed through the Bronco defense for a first and goal at the 2 yard line. Fresno tied the game up with a quarterback sneak from David Carr and after the extra point found themselves up 14-13.

Boise State’s offense returned to the field and found similar success running the ball against the Bulldog’s defense. Baltazar led the charge and after using some jukes and spins gained three first downs in a row. The Broncos were 31 yards away from a score with seven minutes left in the half before Southwick threw a strike to Matt Miller for an 18 yard gain. After leading the charge the Broncos rewarded Baltazar with a toss to the outside and Aaron did the rest running the ball in for the first score of his young career.

Fresno hadn’t lost much momentum or rhythm from their previous drive as they used the hurry up offense, and gained first down after first down. Everything seemed to be going in their favor while the clock ran down and halftime lingering ever closer. The Bulldogs were stopped at the 16 yard line of Boise State when after three unsuccessful runs, and was forced to kick a field goal. When the field goal attempt split the uprights the Broncos held a 20-17 edge with 0:33 left in the half.

Boise State received the kickoff after halftime and didn’t find much success on the return as Shane Williams-Rhodes was stopped just short of the 20 yard line. The long field didn’t seem to faze the Bronco offense as Southwick found Williams-Rhodes on a short screen pass and after a gain of 19 yards was pushed out of bounds. Southwick then found an open Aaron Burks for a 61 yard pass for the touchdown and increased their lead to 27-17. David Carr returned to the field and completed a deep pass of his own that beat the Bronco defenders for the score.

After a few unsuccessful drives from both offenses the fourth quarter opened with Boise State holding a 27-24 edge and fifteen minutes left to decide a victor. The Broncos running from their now familiar pistol formation, used the legs of Baltazar and Ajayi and slowly but surely drove the ball down the field. With just over ten minutes left in the game Matt Miller found some separation from the defender and Southwick found him open for the first down. Unfortunately for the Broncos the good news ended there as they ran three plays that gained very little yards and Goodale came onto the field to attempt the field goal. The kick split the uprights, although a very low kick, and gave the Broncos a six point lead.

Fresno ran a slow methodical system of screens and draws that lead them to repeated first downs as they drove down the field while momentum returned to their favor. On first and ten from the Boise 34 yard line Carr was sacked while trying to roll to his left, a loss of 7 yards. Boise State’s defense held strong and after stopping two running attempts the Bulldogs were forced to punt with six minutes left in the game.

The Broncos were prepared to seize the moment and pushed their way down to the 14 yard line of Fresno with only 2:01 left on the clock. Southwick faked to Ajayi and Matt Miller slipped inside the defender and caught the touchdown pass to increase the lead to 37-24 with only 1:43 left in the game. The Bulldogs tried to continue to stretch the field, and with a last second Hail Mary attempt, found themselves just short of the comeback.

 

 

Final Score: Boise State 37 – Fresno State 24  

 

Stats from Game:

Joe Southwick: 18-31, 3 TD – 0 int, 266 yards

Jay Ajayi: 18 car, 83 yards, 1 TD

Aaron Baltazar: 9 car, 52 yards, 1 TD

Matt Miller: 5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD

Kirby Moore: 5 rec, 76 yards, 1 TD

Demarcus Lawrence: 4 tackles, 2 TFL, ½ sack

Jeremy Ioane: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, ½ sack, 1 pass break-up

 

Head to Head: Boise State 5 – Fresno State 2