Paul Bearers: Game Balls #1 and #2 go to the Pauls who killed the Broncos. Paul Pinegar torched the Boise State secondary for 307 yards and two touchdowns, despite probably only having about 14 minutes of sleep all week (has a newborn at home, you see). The other Paul (Williams) snagged 6 passes for 149 yards, including a back-breaking 98-yarder that put the momentum in Fresno's favor.
Speaking of that 98-yarder, where was the pressure on the QB? Fresno was on their two-yard line, and Pinegar had enough time after the snap to ferment wine. Double-ugh.
Offensive Tackling: One of BSU's biggest strengths over the years has been its impeccable penchant for tackling. That was missing in this game; the Broncos were hitting hard but not wrapping up, and gave Bulldog ballcarriers a slew of extra yards all game long. I'm sure they'll tackle the tackling issue with extra tackle drills. Glad I'm no tackle dummy this week.
Sad Sacks: Zabransky was rushed, harassed and chased all night, getting sacked three times and hit a boatload more. Z spent more time on his back than Jenna Jameson. Whoever that is.
On The Plus Side: The home winning streak is still intact!
Game Ball #3: Carpenter. He averaged 67 yards per rush! Of course, he only had one run, the big TD scamper in the early moments of the game. And that kind of makes me wonder why he didn't get any more attempts. Was he tired? Winded? Exhausted? Bushed? Drained? What?
Rain Check: The Broncos haven't won a road game in the rain this season. We got beat by wet Beavers and bit by wet Bulldogs. Rain sucks. If I wanted rain, I'd live Malaysia, not the high desert. Thus, I'm pleased to announce that next year's schedule might possibly be unofficially revamped to include away games against Minnesota and Syracuse. Three games each. Guaranteed rainless. With luck, we'll be invited to the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, too.
Herbie Goes Bananas: What was with Kirk Herbstreit? Was he not feeling well? He was courteous and knowledgeable about two non-BCS teams, for cripes sake! Unfortunately, his pre-game assessment was dead-on. I think I prefer the anti-Kirk who complains about BSU running up the score against a superior team.
On The Plus Side: Trev Alberts wasn't in the studio at halftime to analyze the first two quarters by talking about the upcoming Nebraska game.
Game Ball #4: Rabb. Jerard Rabb was fab again. He accounted for half of BSU's receiving game with five catches for 80 yards, and a couple of them were acrobatic. He looked very good! Even in those orange pants. Speaking of which...
Orange Crushed: Fans are probably at the point where they think when BSU wears the orange pants, we'll lose. After all, we've been outscored 75-20 in those fashion faux pas. But hey, can you blame the Broncos? If I showed up at the office wearing shiny skin-tight orange pants, I'd probably have a bad day, too.
ESPNtropy: Remember when the Broncos were 15-0 on ESPN's Dysfunctional Family of Networks? Well, we're 1-3 since then, though the three losses were against top-20 teams on the road. Still, this is what we've been wanting: big games on the "national stage", wherever that is. Washington D.C., I assume.
On The Plus Side: Stringer hit a booming 64-yard punt and booted two punts inside the 20 yard line! However, this is only half-a-plus. We don't WANT Kyle punting! We want him on the sidelines hitting on the Maneline Dancers!!
Capital Hill: Coach Pat Hill was class before the game, during the game, after the game. He's a hell of a coach, and I'm glad he's in the WAC, hopefully for the long haul. If the WAC is going to turn things around and gain respect conference-wide, it needs coaches like Hawkins and Hill to lead the way.
Up Next: The Idaho Vandals pay a visit to Bronco Stadium for the second consecutive year. Only this time, it's not just for statewide bragging rights. It's a conference game. Last regular season home game of the year. An opportunity to all but wrap-up a bowl berth. And a chance to even-up the series at 17-17-1. Yeah, this game matters a little.
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