Good morning again, Bronco fans! The season is nearing an end. Time to find out if the Broncos are worthy of being called Champions, or even worth having the chance to call themselves Champions. Only time will tell….let’s look at what happened in the only 4 MWC-related games this weekend…
Colorado St. @ New Mexico
Result: Rams 66-42
Recap: If you like offense, this contest was your kind of game. The Rams came into this game looking to secure a bowl bid for the first time since 2008. The Lobos are looking to spoil anything they can at this point. The Rams jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as the Lobos struggled with CSU’s physicality. A 50-yard TD pass from Cole Gautsche closed the score to 14-7. After a Rams FG, the Lobos responded with a 100-yard kick return to make it 17-14 Rams. The scoring just continued for both teams as Kapri Bibbs just seemed unstoppable. The score was 31-21 Rams at half, and the two continued trading scores in the 3rd quarter, but the one constant was Bibbs. He could not be stopped. Then came the 4th quarter, and Bibbs poured it on the poor Lobos. 3 TDs in one-quarter!!! 6 for Bibbs on the day!! Kapri Bibbs just ran his way to a record day as the Rams won 66-42 in Albuquerque. Bibbs now has 1435 rushing yards and 25 TDs (!!!) on the season.
Next up for the Rams: @Utah State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. The Rams are bowl eligible, but realistically out of the MWC title race. So this game does not mean much in the big scheme of things, but that won’t stop the Rams from attempting to secure 2nd place in the Mountain Division. This is an important game, one that could decide the MWC title race if USU wins and Boise loses to San Diego State. I think the Aggies sneak this one out, but not by much. Aggies 31-30.
Next up for the Lobos: @Fresno State, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. News of Cole Gautsche and Kasey Carrier being out for the season with concussion issues is not going to paint a pretty picture for the end of the season for New Mexico. @Fresno and @Boise lay ahead, and both could be straight-up massacres. I’m projecting Fresno wins 56-14 this week.
Wyoming @ Boise St.
Result: Broncos 48-7
Recap: Hey! For once the Broncos started well! No not really I’m kidding. Brett Smith opened the game by hitting Robert Herron in the end zone for a 19-yard TD, thanks to a fumble from Grant Hedrick. That’s about the end of positive things for Wyoming. One of Robert Prince’s best-called games in his tenure at Boise State. The Jay Ajayi and Matt Miller show dominated the national-televised game between the hapless Pokes and Boise State Broncos. The Broncos reeled off 48 unanswered point in route to a dominant 48-7 win. The defense finally showed up for the Broncos, holding Wyoming to their worst offensive output of the season at 265 total yards. Brett Smith seemed very frustrated all night, and Shaun Wick was kept in check all night. The Pokes had nothing for the Broncos. The Broncos even successfully made a 47-yard FG! Altogether, not much to report in this one. After the Smith-to-Herron TD, it was all Broncos all night.
Next up for the Cowboys: Hawaii, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. The Pokes continue to descend into madness as they host 0-10 Hawaii this week. Last week included firing their school president, who had only been around for 5 months! Hawaii is bad, real bad. But Wyoming will need to play with a solid work ethic to beat Hawaii, who to their credit does not just give up. I think Wyoming sneaks it outs, because Hawaii has a gift for screwing up. Pokes win 30-24.
Next up for the Broncos: @San Diego State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The big week has arrived. The Broncos last real test standing between them and the coveted-rematch with Fresno. The Aztecs beat Boise State on The Blue in 2012, and seem to have figured how to rattle the Bronco offense. This will be Hedrick’s biggest test yet, no doubt about it. Adam Muema flat-out beat down the Broncos last year. He wanted it more. The Broncos will need a 110% effort from everyone to win this game. I will say the Broncos win, but not by much. This one will not be good for the heart. Broncos win 28-27.
San Diego St. @ Hawaii
Result: Aztecs 28-21 OT
Recap: It was Retro Rainbow Night on Oahu as Hawaii sported their old school look for the Aztecs. This game was not a high-scoring affair by any means. Hawaii’s bulldozing RB Joey Iosefa opened the game with a TD late in the 1st quarter. Then the anticipated Hawaii screw-ups began. San Diego State had the ball at the Hawaii 44-yard line, and Hawaii jumped off-side giving the Aztecs a free play. Colin Lockett (bad memories bad memories) was able to sneak behind the UH defense and catch a 56-yard TD to tie the game. However, only a minute later Hawaii responded with a 31-yard TD pass to TE Harold Moleni. Hawaii led at the half 14-7. SDSU came out and responded right away with a 30-yard TD run from Donnell Pumphrey (get familiar with that name, Bronco fans). The 4th quarter came and Iosefa scored again, giving UH a 21-14 lead. All UH needed to do was hold on! That of course, like everything else UH has done this season, failed. A late Aztec TD sent this one to OT, where Muema mowed down the Warrior defense for a TD, and then Schroeder got sacked on the ensuing series to put UH out of range of any chance to win. The Aztecs escape with a win.
Next up for the Aztecs: Boise State, November 23rd at 10:30 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs return home to play the Broncos. Rocky Long’s inconsistent team has done one thing consistently this year: play-up to their competition. They baffled Fresno’s offense, stymied Oregon State. The Broncos will have their hands full. SDSU beat Boise with physicality last year. Will they do it again?
Next up for the Rainbow Warriors: @Wyoming, November 23rd at 2 PM ET at War Memorial Stadium. Hawaii continues to have a solid balance of sucking and bad luck. That will not discontinue this weekend. This group is destined to run the table in the wrong direction.
San Jose St. @ Nevada
Result: Wolf Pack 38-16
Recap: The Spartans came into this game as the favorite over the struggling Wolf Pack, but the Pack struck first early on in front of a practically empty Mackay Stadium thanks to Kendall Brock’s 2-yard TD. Fales would close out the quarter with 10 points though, getting the Spartans back in business fast. The Spartans traded Wolf Pack TDs with FGs in the 2nd quarter to send this game into the locker rooms with the Pack ahead 21-16. Upset brewing? You bet. Cody Fajardo took command as the Wolf Pack on the 2nd half battle 17-0, going onto a surprising 38-16 win over the Spartans. Fales and co. were flat-out dominated by the Pack in this one. There is hope in Reno for the Brian Polian era!
Next up for the Spartans: Navy, November 22nd at 9:30 PM ET at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans begin their season-ending two game home stand with Navy on Friday night. The Nevada loss signals a poor end to the Fales era, now needing an unlikely win to become bowl eligible. I think the tumble continues. Midshipmen win 34-31.
Next up for the Wolf Pack: BYU, November 30th at 3 PM ET at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack take a break this week, and while a bowl game is now out of reach, they can look at their tangle with BYU in two weeks as a bowl game of sorts. It will be cold, and the Reno natives will have one of the best home matchups they have had in a while.
Fresno State Bulldogs: Bye
New Mexico, November 23rd at 4 PM ET at Bulldog Stadium. The Dogs took the week off and sit in the BCS standings at #15. They should waltz passed New Mexico and San Jose State, and then need to beat Boise State again to make the BCS dream a reality.
UNLV Rebels, Air Force Falcons: Bye
November 21st at 9:30 PM ET at Falcons Stadium. Both the Rebels and Falcons had a bye this preview week, and now prepare to face each other on Thursday night in the cold on ESPNU. A win gives the Rebels bowl eligibility! I think they get it, but AFA makes it hard on them. Rebels 38-35.
Utah State Aggies: Bye
Colorado State, November 23rd at 3:30 PM ET at Romney Stadium. After another week off, the Aggies invite the red-hot Colorado State Rams to town. A lot on the line for the Aggies in what should be a must-watch game for MWC fans. Should be a good one.
This crazy season continues for the Broncos! Be sure to catch the basketball teams game on Tuesday against Seattle while we wait for the Bronco football team to play again. Yet another 8:30 PM start time. Ugh…. #BleedBlue #GoBroncos