The Boise State defense finally seemed to figure out New Mexico’s triple option offense Thursday night. It just took a little time for the Broncos to get it.
Boise State held the Lobos to 198 rushing yards in Thursday’s 28-14 win, a vast improvement for Boise State in recent years, which had struggled to keep the Lobos offense at bay in recent years. The defense stepped up five days after Boise State suffered a 47-44 triple overtime loss to Washington State.
“We took a lot of pride in this week, we prepared awesome I think and it showed up on the field,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. “We had quick transition and I think it shows. We have a young defense, but it shows how athletic and intelligent we are, and how fast we can transition and get ready for the next team we play.”
The Lobos had averaged 360 rushing yards per game against the Broncos over the past three seasons. And while Thursday’s 198 rushing yards was higher than the 195 New Mexico had in its 31-24 win at Albertsons Stadium in 2015, the Broncos only allowed 79 passing yards in Thursday’s game, compared to 230 in 2015.
“Our guys are just putting themselves in position and when they do, they are executing their opportunities,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “I think it’s really that simple. Was there something drastically different from now and last year? No they were just in position and they are taking advantage of it. It’s that simple.”
The Broncos had gone 2-4 over the past three seasons against New Mexico and Air Force, the…
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