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I used to live in the great city that is Boise, but sadly, moved around 15 years ago. I go back all the time; it's my home away from home. In fact, if I wasn't 5 at the time, I wouldn't have even moved with my family! I attempted the Big Judd Burger challenge. I ate the 1lb burger in 8 minutes and was 15 fries away from that glorious picture next to that one fat guy. Boise State is my favorite team (duh). I think Doug Martin is actually the terminator crammed into a 5'9 body.After his final college game, I was suprised to find that Kellen Moore hadn't been taken up to heaven. I guess the world still needs him.....and Ian Johnson is still my favorite player, tied with Brock Forsey and Ryan Dinwiddie, of course. I did play football in high school, as a safety, but mostly special team stuff. I was the tiny one who busted his butt all the time, like Rudy!
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On the bright side,
Defense did relatively well. They held Air Force below their season average for total yards,366, (including rushing yards, 307), points (24), and yards per play (5.3). The second half the defense did much better, allowing 118 total yards and 3.5 per play, while also not allowing a touchdown. Still a lot of tackling issues.
On the down side…. you can read the other comments for those, not much to add that hasn’t already been said
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Well this is going to be a fun comment thread
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Feel like a lot of it comes from when Mendenhall was there
Even today if you Google "dirtiest team in college football", BYU still shows up on most of the links. When Mendenhall was asked about it (when he was still at BYU), he changed the topic to how he preaches being aggressive. That definitely put a hit on the program’s reputation
But that’s all in the past, plus Sitake seems like a class act. After last year’s game there was a picture that circulated where players from both sides were praying on the field together. Regardless of your views on religion (not trying to break that rule!), It was a cool moment of good sportsmanship.
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Running game has been (slowly) getting better
Running back stats (for Van Buren, Habibi-Likio, and Holani):
First 4 games: 76 carries, 193 yards 2.5 ypc
Last two games: 58 carries, 242 yards, 4.1 ypc
Still could be better, but going in the right direction.
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Alright here we go:
Special Teams: no one seems to be talking about Boise allowing 31 yards per kickoff return, and Velasquez shanked a punt that only went 22 yards. Twice they allowed Nevada to start around the 45, and they scored on both of those drives. Shakir had a nice punt return though.
Defense: Hard to judge how well they did since they played on a lot of short fields the second half. Allowed 130 rushing yards, but 59 of those came on back-to-back runs in the third quarter. Only allowed 3 first downs the second half.
Offense: Oh boy, I really feel they either have to rethink this up-tempo offense or start hitting the gym harder early in the morning. To me strength/conditioning is the biggest issue. It shows on the lines, where Scott Matlock and Jake Stetz seem to be the only ones strong and fast enough. Everyone else looks slow or gets pushed around. I know some people talk about "adjustments at halftime", but I don’t see what adjustments from either team is leading to the bad second halves. Of the 5 or so dropped passes this year they’ve all been in the second half. 11 of the 14 sacks allowed are in the second half. If "sacks from an unblocked defender" was a stat, I think it’s a safe bet they’ve been mostly in the second half. 6 of the 8 turnovers have been in the second half. I doubt opposing teams are waiting until halftime to decide they can take advantage of Boise’s bad o-line, and I don’t know what play-call or scheme can help cause fumbles or dropped passes. When players are tired they make mistakes, that simple.
The play calling seemed better; the only one on offense I didn’t really like was the run with CT Thomas on a 4th down in the third quarter. Other than that, the issues are just players making those mistakes I mentioned.