It would have to be some pretty hard-to-please fans who
weren't satisfied with
ApolloVI hoped the Broncos would get "complete control of the game from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. " He wanted a clean and crisp first quarter and a solid opening drive leading to a TD. Boise State had fans like Apollo in mind when they shut down New Mexico State on the opening drive and scored on the ensuing possession on a nice 74-yard drive of their own, culminating with a 14-yard pass from Kellen Moore to Jeremy Childs. Broncofanincaldwell wanted similar—"Four quarters of complete dominance on both sides of the ball. No turnovers. No personal fouls." 49-0 has to qualify as complete dominance. They did have a couple of turnovers and still need to work on that. Lots of turnovers and there was the personal foul prior to halftime as well as a face mask penalty and the illegal block.
Blueandorangefish saw the importance of a nice start as well, looking for the Broncos to score on their first two drives. The Broncos didn't quite do that, but they scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the second quarter.
Jarrett was looking for fewer penalties, no three-and-outs, no dropped passes and bigger holes for the running game. Unfortunately, numerous penalties continue to plague the Broncos which in a close game could come back to bite them. Very few dropped passes—these Bronco receivers are seasoned and unfazed by game situations. The running game is something Bronco fans have screamed for all season long. Jayman1023 was hoping for "a dominating run game performance". Spudrunners set a specific target "break the 250-yard rushing mark". BoiseAlum was looking for that mark as well. Blue and Orange Dynasty set the bar at 300 yards. Surbers4 was looking for 225 yards. Unfortunately, the Broncos didn't hit any of those rushing numbers, finishing with 216. Most fans agree, however, that progress is being made.
Of course essential to that running game is the improving offensive line. Golf4food wanted "real impressive offensive line play." As Golf said, "I think our protection is good but would like to see a little bit of improvement on pass protection so we can see some deep balls." The Broncos need to find a new deep threat, because they aren't stretching the field.
Jojobro wanted quarterbacks Bush Hamdan and Michael Coughlin
to trade reps in the fourth quarter.
Bingo there. Samandeddie wanted
no punts or field goals, but long drives ending in scores. There was just the one punt by Brad Elkin and
the missed field goal. As he said, "It's
about time to put up or shut up. This
team needs to stake out an identity on offense." It wasn't perfect, but the offense
established a pretty good identity Saturday.
Now we'll see if they can keep it up against
Jojobro recognized the success of the
Mapleleafbronco called on the Bronco defense to "shut down
the Air Raid." Spudrunners noted that
Jojobro wanted plenty of rotations for the defensive line with total domination at the line of scrimmage. Jojo also suggested "a handful of creative blitz packages." Surbers4 wanted physical play from the defense with no big pass plays allowed. He wanted no more than 50 yards rushing and 225 yards passing allowed the Aggies. 38 rushing yards and 116 passing? Off the charts.
Spudrunners was looking for five sacks and two
interceptions. Iodine129 said "Sack city
baby!" Hannifin Cigar wanted
Regarding special teams, a special bow needs to be taken by broncofanincaldwell who asked for, and got! "a kickoff or punt returned for a TD." Jojobro, too, called it—"A punt return that breaks NMSU's back early in the game or at any point of the game." BoiseAlum did not want any more than two punts. Freakin'BSUfan also called out for "One touchdown on special teams." Kyle Wilson personally delivered for these three. Freakin' wanted a 30-yard return average, a blocked kick, no Aggie return past the 20 in kickoffs and no punt returns.
ApolloVI wanted a minimum of 40 points scored, but more than 50 ideally. Meanwhile, Apollo called on the Bronco "D" to hold NMSU to 7 points or less. The Broncos were excellent in both point totals. He also wanted "a breakout game from at least one guy we haven't heard from much this season."
NashvilleBronco was hoping
Two posters were prophetic in their comments. Bluemojave said "I would really love to see
the "D" shut them out!" Cajunbronco was
eerily close—"I would like to see a complete blowout. I would like to see
Thanks to all fans for contributing your thoughts!