Yates praised the Lobo attack, saying "They force everyone on the field to be in their gap, to have great eyes, to be disciplined, [and to] do their job."
Boise State has generally been excellent in stopping the run over Yates' two-year tenure as defensive coordinator, but he explained how stopping the option is different than stopping a more typical offense that the Broncos face. "These guys are fast on the edges--they pose a problem for you because once you do your job, the hardest part now is you have to make the play on it."
Yates also said that teams that run the option can adjust easily to the kind of look they get from the defense--"Because they do it all the time, they usually have an answer to everything you do, so once you show them one thing, they'll change up what they're doing and do something different."
Last season in Albuquerque, New Mexico generated 505 yards of offense in a wild game in which Boise State prevailed, 60-49. The Lobos' first play from scrimmage was a 75-yard burst up the middle by running back Jhurrell Pressley. "Our first play was a house call last year, and so it just started off on a bad start for us," Yates said.
Yates heaped praise on Lobo backs Pressley and Teriyon Gipson, noting their speed. "They make guys miss, they've got good feet, they have good vision," he said. "They're the perfect backs for this offense, I believe."
When asked if the rematch between the two teams provided his defense a chance to prove themselves, Yates said "Our goal is always to stop the run, and knowing that we let them rush for that many yards, we don't want to let that happen again, for sure."
New Mexico is a game back of Boise State and Air Force in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference, but with victories in their final three games, the Lobos are in a position to advance to the conference championship game. For Boise State, it is the same thing--win and they're in. So the contest will definitely have a championship-type feel to it.
Kickoff is set for Saturday night at 8:15 in Albertsons Stadium.