In a game that saw the Broncos lead until the last minute, Oregon State showed why they haven't lost a Non-Conference game at home since 1996, the year before Riley's first stint in Corvalis.
Boise State started the game on fire, going up 14-0, much like Oregon State last year in Boise. This time, however, rather than watching the home team run by the visitor, the Broncos did just enough to keep the lead until 1:03 left in the game when Oregon State placekicker Alexis Serna put the Beavers up for good on a 29 yard field goal.
Boise State did have some bright spots despite the weather.. Redshirt Freshman Ian Johnson had his breakout game, rushing for over 70 yards on just 10 carries.. a result that is sure to result in may more touches for the talented Freshman. Jared Zabransky broke out of his Georgia funk, throwing for 3 TD's with 0 INT's, finishing 19-of-36 for 233 yards.
Those bright spots were, however, overshadowed by the Bronco's inability to move the ball when it mattered as Ian Johnson inexplicably sat during the pivotal 4th quarter, (possibly due to injury caused by the hard-hitting Beavers, or because of a blown blocking assignment on the punt team), and the success of the Beaver passing game.
Once again, Mike Hass owned the Bronco secondary, catching 11 balls for 179 yards and a TD. Well short of his record breaking performance of a year ago, 12 catches for 293 yards and 3TD's, but more than enough to expose the Bronco secondary as needing extra preparation once again.
The Broncos knew this was a possibility when they entered the season, starting the season on the road against the SEC and Pac-10 is not the soft-fluffy schedule that breeds easy wins, but it does prepare the Broncos for their upcoming season, including a game Wednesday the 21st against Omar Jacobs and Bowling Green on the Blue.
Look for an overview of Bowling Green, and updates on the Broncos in the days to come.
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