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.
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
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
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