Concerning the 52-26 loss to Utah State, Yates said, "You had two of the better defense in the conference, and I thought their defense played a lot more aggressive than our defense. They were fired up to play."
Yates has been questioned several times this season about if he thought the Bronco defense was a dominant one. He said that when an offense turns the ball over, a dominant defense will either get the ball back to limit the other team to a field goal, pointing out that 6 drives that end in field goals = 18 points while six drives that end in touchdowns = 42.
Yates noted that some of the statistics for his defense are down, but said, "If you look at last year compared to our sack numbers and tackles for loss, those are down, but if you look at our total defense and points (scoring defense), those are up, so I'll take that any day."
The Broncos face Wyoming this Saturday night, and the Cowboys bring a different challenge to his team in the person of Brian Hill, who leads the Mountain West Conference with 985 yards in seven games. "Brian Hill's a tough running back," Yates said. "He runs hard; he makes guys miss. They run power counter, inside zone, they're coming downhill, (and) they have big O-linemen (offensive linemen)."
Boise State and Wyoming meet at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Albertsons Stadium.