Bronco Defense Stifles Cowboys 24-14

The new-look Boise State Broncos returned to winning form tonight with a 24-14 win over Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference. Tonight's win was keyed by a tremendous Bronco defense that made things tough for the Cowboys.

Boise State moved its 55-game home record to 53-2 with a convincing 24-14 win over previously-undefeated Wyoming tonight in Bronco Stadium before another sold-out crowd.  Chalk this one up to the amazing Bronco defense which stifled an improved Cowboy offense for three quarters before the Pokes snuck in for a couple of scores late.


For most of the game, Wyoming did not have over one yard rushing as the formidable Boise State run defense was in peak form.  The Broncos allowed just 51 yards in the entire first half.  Cowboy quarterback Karsten Sween (26-48 for 227 yards) was able to have some success through the air in the second half, finally moving Wyoming to their first score on the strength of his arm and some costly Bronco penalties.  In the end, however, the team that destroyed Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference 23-3 was held in check by the Bronco defense.


Kyle Gingg was phenomenal from his linebacker position, totaling ten tackles, one key sack and several quarterback hurries.  When a Bronco needed to step up, Gingg was the man.  Orlando Scandrick also had ten tackles but made a costly mental error that pushed the Broncos back half the distance and provided the impetus for one of the Wyoming touchdowns.


The play of the "D" was critical in buying time for the offense to generate some momentum.  Boise State scored to go ahead 7-0 at the half.  Quarterback Taylor Tharp (15-30) was solid with decision making and intelligent throws, and made some timely runs as well.  Once again this week, several of Tharp's throws that were on the money were dropped.  Jeremy Childs is emerging as a star for Boise State at wide receiver, on the receiving end again of a long touchdown pass from Tharp (52 yards).  Tharp also hit Chris O'Neil for a nine-yard score to put Boise State up 21-0 in the third quarter.


For the second week, defenses keyed on Ian Johnson, who put in a workmanlike effort to gain 83 yards on 24 carries.  That opened up several things for Tharp and the Bronco offense, including distributing the ball to the other talented backs.  Freshman D.J. Harper (The Texas Tornado) capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a nice eight yard run to give the Broncos their first score in the second quarter.   


One key improvement that eased some worries was in the punting game.  Kyle Brotzman and Brad Elkin both did well in that department.  The Broncos still had some difficulty with kickoff coverage with the new rule but Rashaun Scott was able to motor for a nice return for Boise State as well.


The Broncos have a well-deserved bye week before welcoming tough Southern Mississippi to the Blue.  That game is set for Thursday, September 28th and will be nationally televised by ESPN.


Congratulations to the Broncos—back to their winning ways!


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