The 2009 Broncos: A Simulated Season

EA Sports usually does their homework in the offseason and gives us a great glimpse into the coming college football season. This is a sample Boise State season of what the Broncos' fortunes could look like.

I had been waiting months and months for the latest version of NCAA Football 10 from E/A Sports to be released.  Not only has the anticipation been building for one of the biggest games in Bronco history and maybe one of the biggest years ever played on the blue, but also for the excitement and curiosity of what a season under computer simulation might look like and how things would unfold.  Would Boise State beat Oregon ? Would the Broncos go undefeated? Would Chris Petersen's team bust the Bowl Championship Series ( BCS ) yet again? What would Boise State 's simulated football fate be?!?!

 

After popping in the disc, loading up a new dynasty season, and jumping into the off-season preparation, I noticed the EA crew ranked us at #14, two spots behind the Oregon Ducks.

 

Well folks, here we go!!!

 

Before the complete computer simulated season, I actually did manually play out an entire season just for grins.  That season went something like this:

Boise State knocked off Oregon before moving forward to sweep the entire schedule.  Midway through the season, Jeremy Avery went down with a season ending injury.  This forced me to make the executive decision to let Malcolm Johnson share the backfield with DJ Harper while Kellen Moore owned the airways.  Boise State busted into the BCS ranked #3 behind Oklahoma and Florida .  This allowed the Broncos to bring home another Fiesta Bowl trophy after sneaking by #10 Iowa in overtime and ending the season ranked #2 overall.  

 

Now that was with me behind the controller; this is what computer simulation had to say about it:

 

I completed a total of three simulated seasons.  The first one was quite unfortunate, losing to Oregon and Fresno State before being knocked out of the rankings.  In the second simulation, Boise State beat Oregon but lost to Fresno State and went on to barely edge out BYU in the BCS rankings.  The Broncos landed at #4 before a Sugar Bowl loss to #6 Ole Miss after sweeping the rest of the schedule and defeating a 19th-ranked Nevada for the Western Athletic Conference Title.  

 

As for the third and final simulation... 

 

The Northwest Showdown: # 12 Oregon vs. # 14 Boise State  

 

This game could pave the way for what could be one of our biggest seasons in school history or lead us down a different path, opening up the doors to a Pac-10 title for the Ducks.  

Moore vs. Masoli, Blount vs. Avery, Wilson & crew vs. a powerful Oregon offense.  The time has arrived! This is it!!!

 

Loss 17-34

 

The Ducks held Boise State to a measly 38 rushing yards and 1/14 on third down conversions.  Kellen Moore and company outplayed them through the air with 295 passing yards, but Oregon ran all over the Bronco "D" with 204 rushing yards and 440 total yards on offense.  LeGarrette Blount ran in their first score of the game, but Boise State answered right back with a huge 71-yd touchdown pass from Moore to Austin Pettis Oregon rallied in the second quarter with two touchdown runs and a field goal against Boise State 's 33-yard Kyle Brotzman field goal.  Jeremiah Masoli added to their lead with a touchdown pass to Davis in the third, bringing the score to 34-10 going into the fourth.  The last score of the game came courtesy of a 55-yd touchdown pass from Moore to Tommy Gallarda.  

 

Players of the Game: L. Blount - 25 carries, 116 yards, TD and A. Pettis - 4 receptions, 113 yards, TD

 

K. Moore - 12/26, 295 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT    

Jeremy Avery - 16 carries, 30 yards

A. Pettis - 113 yards, 1 TD

Titus Young - 77 yards

Hunter White - 12 tackles

Kyle Wilson - 4 tackles, 1 INT

 

 

The Other Miami : Miami (OH) vs. #19 Boise State (Win 34-0)

 

Players of the Game: C. Bostic - 5 tackles and George Iloka 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception

 

K. Moore - 10/15, 134 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT

Mike Coughlin - 15/29, 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

J. Avery - 25 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD

T. Gallarda - 121 yards, TD

A. Pettis 93 yards, TD

T. Young - 117 yards, TD

John Michael Davis - 11 tackles

 

 

The Bulldog Battle : Boise State at Fresno State (Win 19-14)

 

Players of the Game: Jamar Taylor - 9 tackles and D. Carr - 333 yards, 2 TD's

 

K. Moore - 17/35, 234 yards, 1 TD

J. Avery - 24 carries, 88 yards, 1 TD, 4 catches, 72 yards

T. Young - 4 catches, 65 yards

T. Gallarda - 2 catches, 43 yards, 1 TD

Jeron Johnson - 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

G. Iloka - 8 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

Bowling Blue: Boise State at Bowling Green (Win 24-7)

 

Players of the Game: Jamar Taylor - 5 tackles, 1 INT and K. Morgan - 3 tackles

 

K. Moore - 22/45, 166 yards, 2 TD's, 2 int

J. Avery - 22 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD

A. Pettis - 34 yards, 1 TD

T. Gallarda - 37 yards, 1 TD

J. Davis - 9 tackles 

 

 

Oh, Tulsa !: #10 Boise State at Tulsa (Win 17-11)

 

Players of the Game: H. White - 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 int and M. Bryan - 4 tackles, 1 sack

 

K. Moore - 14/30, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT    

J. Avery - 25 carries, 88 yards

A. Pettis - 53 yards

Kyle Efaw - 31 yards, 1 TD

H. White - 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

Dave Wilson - 10 tackles,  2 sacks

 

 

Over the Rainbow: # 9 Boise State at Hawaii (Win 45-16)

 

Players of the Game: A. Pettis - 9 receptions, 211 yards, TD and B. Satele - 11 tackles, 1 sack

 

K. Moore - 23/43, 382 yards, 3 TD, 3 int

J. Avery - 22 carries, 79 yards, TD

Tyler Shoemaker - 47 yards, TD

K. Efaw - 22 yards, TD

Ryan Winterswyk - 10 tackles, 1 sack

K. Wilson - 2 tackles, 1 INT , 101 return yards, TD

 

 

The Spartan Spark: San Jose St. vs. #7 Boise State (Win 29-7)

 

Players of the Game: J. Cole - 12 tackles, 1 sack and K. Moore - 17/37, 277 yards, 2 TD's

 

J. Avery - 43 yards

D.J. Harper - 42 yards

A. Pettis - 120 yards

T. Gallarda - 91 yards, 1 TD

K. Efaw - 28 yards, TD

Byron Hout - 5 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

Unrusty in Ruston : #5 Boise State at Louisiana Tech (Win 27-17)

 

Players of the Game: K. Brotzman - 4/4 FG, long 44 and A. Baker - 9 tackles

 

K. Moore - 26/49, 349 yards, TD, 2 int

J. Avery - 23 carries, 60 yards, TD, 35 receiving yards

T. Gallarda - 117 yards, TD

T. Shoemaker - 45 yards

Chris Potter - 43 yards

A. Pettis - 87 yards

B. Hout - 10 tackles, 1 sack

K. Wilson - 2 tackles, 1 int

 

 

The Battle of Idaho : Idaho at #3 Boise State (Win 33-3)

 

Players of the Game: H Bryant - 8 tackles and K. Moore - 22/41, 372 yards, 2 TD's

 

J. Avery - 21 carries, 106 yards, TD, 56 receiving yards, TD

A. Pettis - 221 yards

T. Shoemaker - 59 yards, TD

Billy Winn - 4 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

Aggie Road: #3 Boise State at Utah State (Win 34-10)

 

Players of the Game: K. Moore - 26/45, 397 yards. 4 TD and B. Wagner - 4 tackles

 

J. Avery - 23 carries, 95 yards, 67 receiving yards, TD

T. Shoemaker - 145 yards

A. Pettis - 90 yards, TD

T. Gallardo - 39 yards, TD

C. Potter - 46 yards, TD

Brandyn Thompson - 1 tackle, 1 INT

R. Winterswyk - 7 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

Attack the Pack: Nevada vs. #3 Boise State (Win 49-9)

 

Players of the Game: K. Moore - 28/41, 370 yards, 6 TD's and C. Slack - 4 tackles

 

M. Coughlin - 45 yards, TD

J. Avery - 20 carries, 65 yards

A. Pettis - 108 yards, 4 TD's

T. Shoemaker - 85 yards, 2 TD's

C. Potter - 54 yards, TD

T. Gallarda - 150 yards

B. Winn - 6 tackles, 2 sacks

Jarrell Root - 3 tackles, 1 sack

 

 

Finale on the Blue: New Mexico St. vs. #3 Boise State (Win 30-18)

 

Players of the Game: J. Cotton - 12 tackles, 1 sack and A. Pettis - 115 yards, TD

 

K. Moore - 25/43, 381 yards, TD, 2 int

J. Avery - 20 carries, 50 yards

T. Young - 55 yards

Richie Brockel - 56 yards

T. Shoemaker - 92 yards

H. White - 10 tackles, 2 sacks

J. Johnson - 3 tackles, 1 INT

K. Wilson - 90 return yards, TD

 

 

 

BCS Busted!: #1 Texas (12-1) vs. # 2 Boise State (11-1) (Coming Soon)

 

 

Season Summary:

After losing the season opener to Oregon , Boise State routed their way back into the Top 10.  That single loss fueled the fire to make a magnificent comeback...and that they did.  From there the Broncos were able to manhandle the opposition and prove themselves to the world.  Boise State somehow edged out Florida and Penn State down the stretch to sneak into the BCS Title game against the Texas Longhorns.  

 

Moore finished his sophomore season with 3,549 passing yards, 27 TD's, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 133.3.  Avery ran for 909 yards on 255 attempts with six TD's and caught 22 passes for 382 yards and two TD's.  Harper was utilized infrequently with only 141 yards—that isn't a realistic portrayal of what will actually happen.  Austin Pettis caught 83 passes for 1,279 yards and 10 TD's, along with setting a school record for most receptions and yards in a season.  Gallarda finished with 809 yards and seven TD's, followed by Young who brought in 332 yards and a TD.  On defense, Davis led all tacklers with 73 total and two sacks.  Johnson brought home the most interceptions with a total of six; he added 30 tackles and two sacks.  Hout was the sack king with a total of six.  Kyle Wilson finished the season with 22 tackles, a sack, three picks, 658 punt return yards and two touchdown returns.  

 

Alright Bronco Nation, this just might be a sneak peak of how this season could turn out, or things could unfold in a completely different direction.  Either way, it was a fun experience to feed the crave leading up to the real deal on Sept. 3rd.  As we already know, anything goes with Bronco Football.  As long as the Bronco Nation sticks together and continues to support our beloved Broncos through thick and thin, everything will work itself out for the best.  


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