Aggies Playing as Well as Anyone in the WAC

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.

Boise State will put its #10 ranking on the line when they face Utah State Saturday in Bronco Stadium.  The Aggies have found their rhythm and are playing as well as anyone in the Western Athletic Conference right now.  Utah State is coming off a 30-14 win over the defending WAC champion and Sugar Bowl team Hawai'i.  The week before that, highly-regarded Fresno State 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.

 

Boise State always has trouble with running quarterbacks.  Guess what Utah State has?  Yes that's right, a running quarterback.  Diondre Borel 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.  Boise State 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 Utah State coaches see a great way to beat the Broncos because they've seen film from last year's Nevada game in which Boise State allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to run wild.

 

Robert Turbin (319 yards) is the top running back this fall for Utah State.  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 Utah State 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 Boise State's weakness. 

 

Kickoff is set for noon Saturday in Bronco Stadium.


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