The Boise State defense will face their worst nightmare Saturday afternoon--a running quarterback. Kickoff is set for noon in Bronco Stadium between the Broncos and Utah State.
will put its #10 ranking on the line when they face UtahState Saturday in Bronco
Stadium.The Aggies have found their
rhythm and are playing as well as anyone in the Western Athletic Conference
right now.UtahState is coming off a 30-14 win
over the defending WAC champion and Sugar Bowl team Hawai'i.The week before that,
highly-regarded FresnoState needed a miracle 58-yard field goal in the final seconds to steal
a 30-28 victory away from the Aggies.
These two games have the Broncos' attention.They fully expect another all-out battle this
weekend.Utah State cannot make a bowl
game this season, but a win over the Broncos would give the program a landmark
win to head into next season, not to mention the valuable recruits they could
pull in if they upset Boise State.
always has trouble with running quarterbacks.Guess what UtahState
has?Yes that's right, a running
quarterback.DiondreBorel is the lifeblood of the Aggie offense, the leading rusher with 511 yards so far this
season and a 55% passer.The way to stop
a running quarterback is to tackle him at the line of scrimmage and force him
to pitch the ball to a running back.BoiseState always has a linebacker in
position, but rather than tackle the QB, he runs with him downfield until the
quarterback is 6-7 yards downfield and then he tackles him, respecting the
pitch rather than the quarterback keeper.It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a team can march all the way
down the field against a defense like that.The UtahState
coaches see a great way to beat the Broncos because they've seen film from last
year's Nevada game in which BoiseState allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to run wild.
Robert Turbin (319 yards) is the
top running back this fall for UtahState.When the Aggies do pass (about 40% of the
time), Otis Nelson (30 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns) is the
prime target.If UtahState can take advantage of the
Bronco defense with the run and mix in the pass in key situations, they will be
hard to stop.
A better offense?No, just one that is
positioned to take advantage of BoiseState's