Boise State's season-opening football game with Washington can be described as day and night, a tale of two halves. The Broncos started the game with 16 points in the first half, and the defense shut out the Huskies. In the second half, special teams play became a factor, and the Huskies nearly stole the game from Boise State, scoring the only 13 points of the second half. Bronco offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo said a series of three-and-outs in the second half (posessions without first downs) got the group out of their rhythm.
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It's a question that Bronco players and coaches have had to answer all week; essentially, how did the first half go so well, and the second half go so poorly? "I thought we came out doing pretty good," Odhiambo started. "We started messing up some of our details later on, and I know if we clean that up, we'll play a lot better."
Whereas Boise State was favored to beat Washington fairly easily, the margin for error is not near as high for this week's game with BYU. Most oddsmakers place the point spread anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 points. BYU is coming off of an emotional 33-28 win over Nebraska, which sets up the game this weekend as a battle between two highly regarded teams.
"They play really hard every time we play them," Odhiambo said of BYU. The Broncos and Cougars are beginning to get to know each other fairly well. The game this Saturday will be the third straight year of an 11-year arrangement in which the two teams will play each other.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 Saturday night in Provo.