This was certainly not your average Boise State performance we have come to expect. This was the worst loss since the Georgia game in 2005. The Boise State Broncos traveled to Seattle, Washington to take on the Huskies and were blasted by 38 – 6. Unveiling an offense promised to be better than last season, promised to get back to the 40 points a game, yet the offense looked boring and unimaginative.
The Broncos offense put up 346 yards compared to the Huskies 592. The Broncos rushed for 171 yards compared to the Huskies 268. The Broncos passed for 175 yards compared to the Huskies 324. Most will point to the lack of offense from the Broncos; however, they lost this game in all facets of the game. Boise State was 8 of 19 on third down, the Huskies were 11 of 15.
This is not the type of performance Boise State fans are accustomed to. The playbook seemed very vanilla as mentioned by others from casual fans to former players. One fan stated, “That play calling was as boring as watching vanilla ice cream melt”. Former players comments echoed the same sentiments via Twitter, stating the Broncos were running the same four plays and this doesn’t look anything like the offense from past years.
To be fair though, the defense fared no better. They gave up 592 yards to a new look Huskies offense. An offense very similar to what Oregon runs with the fast paced, high speed spread attack. Boise chose to employ a similar attack with much less favorable results. Boise State football is known for their unique style of offense, always shifting and using multiple sets and packages to confuse their opponent. This has worked for more than a decade, rolling up an average of more than 41 points a game since 2000. No team in college football has averaged more during that span. Is this a result of the coaching or perhaps the players? Broncos Offensive Coordinator, Robert Prince, stated, “That's kind of the wave of the future right now in college football”. What ever happened to Boise State making their own waves?
Next weekend at 3 PM EST, the Broncos come home for their home opener against Tennessee-Martin. Perhaps this game will be an opportunity for the team to get back on their collective feet and right the ship. The season is long and certainly far from lost but one thing thus far is evident, this isn’t the same old Boise State Broncos.
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