Flag Day: The first half was raining yellow flags, too, mostly on the Broncos, who finished with 11 penalties for a whopping 114 yards. Now, I'm not going to blame the officials for all the penalties, but I would like to point out that if it wasn't for the Refs, we wouldn't have had any penalties. Draw your own conclusions.
Game Ball #1: Johnson. 100-yard rushers have been rarer for the Broncos this year than actual reality in reality shows. But Ian Johnson finished with 103 yards on 16 carries to become only the second Bronco back to reach the century mark this season. Looking forward to seeing this guy play for three more years! In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing what he can do as a featured back. Let him hog the wealth next year instead of sharing. He knows how to share already. No need to keep teaching him how to share. And if he stays healthy, Brock Forsey's team rushing records may be in jeopardy, unless he finishes tied with Brock, in which case they'd share the record.
Conference Call: The Broncos have now won four straight WAC titles and six conference titles in the last 7 years in two different conferences. I don't know about you, but I think we should keep this coaching staff around. They seem good.
BTW, oxygen is good, too. And water. Water is good.
Doggies Bagged: Mike G. Williams scored a huge safety, and led an aggressive defensive team that recorded two other sacks and only gave up 236 total yards to a Bulldog squad that had been playing great ball at home all season. That's worthy of another Game Ball for the Bronco D and Mike G.
After Further Review... I really, really hope the WAC installs an instant replay system for next season. Replay good. Refs bad. Refs with replay, not as bad, and that's good. All big conferences have a replay system. I want one, too! So, can we get one? Please, Mister and Mrs. WAC? Can we?
BTW, why do some Refs say "after further review"?? Up to that point, they hadn't reviewed anything! There is no "further"! If we get an instant replay system, I sure hope it doesn't include that phrase.
Teddy Ballgame Award. Yes, the SportsWest announcers were often atrocious. In fact, I swear I heard one of them say "boom goes the dynamite" at one point during the broadcast. Watch the rebroadcast and tell me I'm wrong. Seriously. I'm sure it was said.
I also wondered why the color analyst kept trying to make the Broncos sound British. Drisan became Dri-SAHN, and Rabb was Rahb. Maybe he thinks we'll be playing Manchester United in the MPC Bowl, and wanted to practice proper English enunciations. Just a guess.
Game Ball #3: Offensive Line. Once the game plan called for the Broncos to run more than a campaigning politician's mouth, the Boise State big men took over. It was mano a mano, and our mano's won, leading a rushing attack that gained 260 yards and punched holes in the La Tech defense bigger than other holes that are also quite large but not so big.
BTW, metaphors are tough. Almost as tough as things that are just a little bit tougher.
Up Next: Goin' Bowlin', presumably at home in the MPC Bowl against an as-yet-unnamed ACC team, which is strange because I thought they all had names. Anyway, after two years on the road, it might be nice to have a Bowl game in our backyard again. Or front yard. Or side yard, depending on which way your house faces.
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