Losses overshadow season for Boise State

Forget the record.

The question mark coming into this year was could Boise State replace the majority of their offense by losing Ajayi and Hedrick (around 80%, 6920 yards)

They did.

Brett Rypien and Jeremy McNichols combined for 72% of the offense (4220 yards). Keep in mind Rypien didn’t even play in the first two games and McNichols sat out the Utah State game with a concussion.

High points from this year: Boise beat Virginia on the road (only the 2nd true P5 road win) and beat Washington in their season opener on the blue.

With the regular season behind them, Rypien now has experience under his belt and has shown he can pass, a lot. He has also shown his toughness, mental and physical.
Think about this, BSU lost their starting quarterback – this season could have ended in a real bust. If Kellen Moore had gone down, no way could they have had the success they did. The team this year was also ravaged by injuries, yet they led the MWC with their offense and their rushing defense is 15th in the country. Sperbeck is 3rd in the NCAA with 1334 receiving yards and McNichols leads the NCAA with touchdowns (23). With better execution, better pass protection, and more consistent defensive play, Boise State is on the road to greatness.

And sure they have shown flaws this year, and they lost games they should have won. For the fans, players, and coaching staff it’s disappointing but at least they ended the “rebuilding” season with a winning record. I know the Broncos had lots of returning starters but what that doesn’t account for was the lack of returning leadership, especially on offense.

2015 also has turned out to be a weird year of football in general with great teams lacking consistency and losing games they shouldn’t have. Nebraska beat Michigan State who beat Ohio State?

Also keep in mind, we are not UCF or Kansas (0-12). The year before the 2006 undefeated season, they went 9-4. The year before last year’s Fiesta Bowl win they went 8-5. Sperbeck, McNichols, and Rypien will all be returning. New guys will step up. Other G5 teams will be in ashes losing their head coaches to bigger programs (Memphis, Toledo, etc…).

So chins up Bronco fans, it hasn’t been all bad. Besides there’s still a bowl game to watch this year.
But mark my words, next year Boise State will be playing in a New Years bowl.

Go Broncos!

Trophy Case

Photo credit: @nevadahal

This Week at the Diggity’s – 2015 Episode 13 (Lucky Number/Black Friday)

There haven’t been too many must win games over the past 15 years for Bronco Nation but I dare say that this is one of them. The Broncos are already bowl eligible and have clinched a winning season so that’s not a big deal. The thing is, the kids need some confidence back. It’s been forever since the team has lost back-to-back home games so it’s disheartening. And, Bronco Nation is getting a bit Bravo Sierra Charlie (hit me up on Twitter if you don’t know what that means) about it too. It’s an uncharacteristic year. I guess that’s the base of it.

UniCombo1127In case you haven’t noticed, or if you even cared, I haven’t done a “This Week at the Diggity’s” in a few weeks. Not that I haven’t wanted to. Just been a bit busy. I also put myself in Twitter timeout after the loss to New Mexico. I don’t really want to get into why, though… I don’t think I’ve ever been so frustrated with a Boise State team. They have such great potential and they showed it earlier in the season. Now, the team seems so undisciplined with no real urgency to get better. I turned off the gameCongratulations to Allie Ostrander for finishing 2nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. She is only a freshman! Bronco Nation is proud of you!


Jason Hatcher of the Washington Redskins thinks that his team is being shafted by the referees because of the team name. Umm…maybe play defense and your team wouldn’t suck? That’s what I would try instead of blaming other factors… The joke of the week came at the Broncos’ expense. San Jose State Head Coach Ron Caragaher said about this week’s game: “We’re putting in the triple option for Friday.” That’s a Rob Akey-like one-liner. It’s ok, Bronco Nation, our defense has been a joke over the past couple of weeks… This week in bowl predictions: the ESPN guys Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy have the Broncos in the Poinsettia Bowl against Western Michigan and the Potato Bowl versus Akron, respectively. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm echoes the Western Michigan tilt in the Poinsettia BowlCongrats to the Broncos for picking up a verbal from Cedrick Wilson, Jr. He’s a JUCO wide receiver out of Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas… Poor Blaine Gabbert. Not only does he have to be the 49ers quarterback but no one comes to his press conferences. In his defense, the team didn’t have him on the media schedule so no one showed up. But, it did look rather sad… The games I watched this week were: East Carolina/UCF, Lousiana-Monroe/Texas State, Air Force/Boise State, Michigan/Penn State, Georgia Tech/Miami, North Carolina/Virginia Tech, USC/Oregon, LSU/Ole Miss, UCLA/Utah, Michigan State/Ohio State, Mississippi State/Arkansas, Baylor/Oklahoma State, TCU/Oklahoma, Cal/Stanford, and Colorado/Washington State… I’m sorry, NBC, but there’s no part of me that wants to watch “The Wiz”.  Don’t be mad though. I didn’t watch “The Sound of Music” either.

We need something to uplift Bronco Nation for the song of the week. I think this will do!

I know it’s been a tough one, Bronco Nation, but we are a strong bunch. Keep the faith and don’t hop off the bandwagon yet. Coach Harsin is going to continue the greatness at Boise State. We hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. From the full Diggity family, have a wonderful holiday season! And, as always, remember to spread kindness like confetti. – The Diggitys

BTN Superlatives: San Jose State


Alright Boise State fans, this is the last game of the regular season. Here’s to hoping they can really turn things around for Bronco Nation’s sake.

These are the awards for the team Boise State faces this Friday, the…San Jose State Spartans

#70 DT Trevor Bloom

Most likely to be sunburned by the moon

#72 OT Wes Schweitzer

Friendliest guy in prison


Andre Chachere #21 CB Andre Chachere

Most likely to use a lampshade as hair



Dakari Monroe #19 DB Dakari Monroe

Vote for Pedro

#86 DE Christian Hill

Most likely to be a member of the AARP


#6 QB Joe Gray

Least likely to be named Joe Gray


#91 DE Lukas Hendricks

Most likely to be named Joe Gray


#18 TE Billy Freeman

“Shiver me timbers”

#57 DT Nate Falo

The love child of Darian Thompson and Justin Taimatuia

Go BRONCOS! Beat the Spartans! ATF

Win or Lose – Bleed Blue

The Horned Frogs took down the Broncos by one point Saturday at Bronco Stadium. (Cody FInney/ The Arbiter)

Surrender Cobras are rare in these parts


Boise State sits here today at a 7-4 record after a devastating lost Friday night on The Blue on senior night. Some fans don’t know how to react (and some former players too, right Bertoli?) and other brush it off as a bad year with a true freshman QB. We have to think back to find a season as bad as this, way back to 2013. Wait 2013? Yep that’s right in 2013 Chris Petersen lead the Broncos to a 8-4 record and then he left us for dead in our bowl game for a final record of 8-5 on the season. Yes folks Chris Petersen had a bad year. And for the bring back Prince talk? He was leading our offense that year.

Let’s face it we all like winning.  In fact, we have gotten use to winning. We have Kellen Moore to thank for that. Three losses in his entire career and we have four this year. Young Rypien has already had as many losses this season as Moore had his entire career. Sure Brett could go undefeated the rest of his career and finish with only three losses, it’s possible. Or there is this to consider – Brett Rypien is not Kellen Moore. I know that’s a scary thought to some. Brett Rypien is Brett Rypien. Coach Harsin is not Coach Pete. This team is not the 50-3 senior class.

This team needs Bronco Nation’s support. This team needs to see us support them. They need to see a fan base behind them and not a bandwagon. I woke up this morning to find so many people tweeting “bleed blue”. I loved that. Winning did not lead me to this team. It was the blue-collar attitude that the players and fan base had. It was the family atmosphere that I felt when engaging with fans. It was going to a game in San Jose and seeing more Bronco fans than I did San Jose fans. It was turning to a stranger and getting a high-five after a Bronco touchdown. Watching Kellen Moore knife through the defense was an added bonus. Watching Doug Martin run back an opening kick off for a TD was a bonus. Watching Jay Ajayi’s Statue of Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl was a bonus. And seeing Brett Rypien play has been a bonus. Let’s face it this kid will be good. He is not Kellen Moore and no one will ever be. But he needs us just like we need him. This team has two games left and can finish a respectable 9-4. Let’s stand behind them and support our boys.

I don’t know about you but win or lose I bleed blue.

BTN Fan of the Week: Ryan Gilley


  What’s in a game-day tradition or a special game-day item? Everything. While some fans wear the same socks every week and others eat spaghetti every week, game-day traditions are sacred. And while Boise State runs out on to the field with their hammer, our fan of the week Ryan Gilley enjoys his games with his Boise State fire helmet.
Ryan is a fire department dispatcher, who has been involved some kind fire safety work since he was a kid. But after becoming a Bronco fan five years ago he decided to mix his two passions. Before 2010 Ryan was an Alabama fan (very disturbing I know) but one trip to Glendale Arizona changed that. Ryan was invited to attend the 2010 Fiesta Bowl by a friend who was a Bronco fan, and that trip changed his fandom. After seeing Bronco Nation supporting the team in masses he was convinced, he needed to be a part of this family. Then after watching the Broncos take out TCU he was even more convinced.
Since that first game in Arizona, Ryan has been to watch his team on the blue, on the road and even to different bowl games. While he has taken trips to see them play in San Jose, San Diego, Reno and even Las Vegas multiple times nothing comes close to seeing his boys play on the blue turf in Boise. “It is an awesome field and allows BSU to stand out” he says about the stadium.
But like every other Bronco fan he gets his share of grief from friends and coworkers. Living in Southern California the majority of these people around him are avid UCLA and USC fans. If any of you have been to SoCal you know that these fans are the worse. But the Broncos just keep winning and those Southern California doing the opposite all he has to do is bring up their records or latest game scores to shut them up.
I would like to welcome our latest fan of the week Ryan Gilley to our Bronco Nation family. Head over to Twitter and give him a follow @SoCalRyan289. Wether it’s law enforcement news, or fire updates, or his opinion on the latest Bronco news, he will have it all there.