Boise State Preview

Boise State comes to Corvallis riding a six game road winning streak, but has never defeated a Pac-10 team. The Broncos boast an experienced quarterback, a talented running back, and subperb defensive backfield. The complete breakdown of the BSU team continues inside.

Last week.
Senior running back David Mikell made the most of his second chance on Saturday night at Idaho.  Mikell busted a game-clinching 78-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Broncos their fifth straight win over Idaho, 24-10, at the Kibbie Dome...Broncos win 13th straight game 24-10 over Idaho

The series.
This will be just the third meeting between the two schools with Oregon State winning both previous meetings. The first game was played in 1986 at Corvallis, Oregon, with Oregon State posting a 34-3 victory. The next matchup came in the 1989 season at Bronco Stadium in Boise, with the Beavers again posting a win in a 37-30 contest.

2003 media/coaches outlook.
Receiving votes for the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll (#28) and Associated Press poll (#37).  Picked to finish second in the WAC behind Hawaii.  Picked to finish anywhere from first to third by various preseason publications.

2002 Recap.
Boise State went 12-1 overall last year and 8-0 in WAC play.  The Broncos finished the season with a 34-16 victory over Iowa State in the Humanitarian Bowl.  They also finished 15th in the AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll. 2002 Results.

Boise State Bronco Offense
Three returning starters, lost eight starters

First team All-WAC selection Ryan Dinwiddie, who missed the first four games in 2002, returns after throwing for 2,283 yards, 20 touchdowns, and three interceptions.  This year the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm candidate has thrown for 400 yards and one touchdown while completing 31 of 55 (56.4%) passes with zero interceptions.

Behind the talented Dinwiddie lies a trio of quarterbacks who have all seen action this year. Junior Mike Sanford is the primary backup and has played in both games this year completing 1 of 2 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.

David Mikell comes to Corvallis averaging 167 yards a game, good for second in the nation.  He is also second in the nation in all-purpose yards with a 219 average, seventh in scoring with an average of 12 points per game, and fifteenth in kick returns with a 28.3 average. 

The talented back is explosive and can hurt the Beavers on the ground, through the air, or on special teams.  Last week Mikell rushed for 235 yards against Idaho and accounted for 289 all-purpose yards, 67 percent of the Bronco offense.  He is averaging 8.4 yards per carry, has scored four touchdowns, and his longest run was a 78-yard touchdown score against Idaho.

Behind the standout Mikell is junior Donny Heck who gets in the game when Mikell needs a rest.  Heck has rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 16 attempts this season. Greg Swenson leads the fullbacks where he is used primarily for blocking situations and rarely gets the ball.

The Broncos lost three of their top receivers who accounted for 134 catches, 2,424 yards, and 18 touchdowns last season. Two seniors assist the Bronco air attack.

Senior Jerry Smith (5-10, 174) leads the BSU receivers with 112 yards on five catches and one touchdown. Smith is the only receiver to have surpassed the 100 yard mark in receiving yards while Smith and junior Lawrence Bady (5-11, 188) are the only receivers to have caught a touchdown this year. Bady can stretch the defense with his speed as he has showed with his team leading 26.0 yards per catch average.

Senior Tim Gilligan (5-9, 180) is used as a possession receiver. He has grabbed five passes for 50 yards. Junior Tony McPherson (3 catches for 71 yards) also receives the most playing time behind the two seniors.


Senior Kevin Louwsma (6-5, 252) returns after starting for the Broncos in '02. Louwsma is usually used as a blocker for running plays. Junior Andy Weldon (6-3, 243) and senior Trent Lundin (6-4, 216) split time behind Louwsma and are used for passing and running plays. Lundin has caught five passes for 69 yards this season.

The Bronco offensive line is anchored by its tackles, sophomore Daryn Colledge (6-5, 272), who was named to The Sporting News 2002 Freshman All-American Third Team, and junior Rusty Colburn (6-5, 310) who are the Broncos only returning offensive linemen.  

Center Mike MacLeod (6-2, 286) is in his first year as a starter after taking over for All-WAC center Scott Huff.  Both guard positions are filled by new faces.  Junior Michael Answel (6-3, 299) won the starting left guard job over freshman Ryan Keating (6-3, 306), while Tyrone Tytogi (6-1, 277) won the starting right guard job over freshman Kevin Worack (6-6, 293).

So far the offensive line has given up six sacks but has helped the Bronco attack rank fifth in total offense (508 ypg), eighth in rushing offense (261 ypg) and tenth in scoring offense (54 ppg).


Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie. He is mobile, accurate, and is hard to stop when he gets hot. The Beaver backfield will be tested all day long with Dinwiddie at the helm.

Boise State Bronco Defense
Eight returning starters, lost four starters

Boise State has a nice mix of experience and youth on their defensive line.  Four players return with significant playing experience to help guide and teach the younger players.  Senior right tackle Dan Oldam (6-3, 265) and senior left tackle Paul Allen (6-2, 291) anchor the inside of the line with plenty of experience after starting last year.  Two freshman, Jeff Biedermann (6-3, 294) and Andrew Browning (5-11, 266,) give the Broncos a good rotation at the tackles.

Junior Julius Roberts (6-5, 239) anchors the defensive ends after starting at left end a year ago.  Freshman Mike Williams (6-3, 239) is a very athletic player who won the starting right tackle position from another freshman Mike Dominguez (6-2, 231) although Dominguez sees plenty of playing time.  Dominguez leads the team in sacks with two.

The defensive line has helped the Broncos to a number four national ranking against the run allowing just 30.5 yards a game.

Preseason All-WAC pick Andy Avalos (5-10, 223) leads the Bronco 'backers after leading the Blue Turf Bandits in tackles last year with 107.  This year he has grabbed 16 tackles in two games, including 11 versus the Idaho Vandals, he also has the Broncos only fumble recovery this year.  Senior Travis Burgher (6-1, 202) roams the strong side of the field after starting all of 2002.

Freshman Korey Hall (6-0, 228) beat out a pair of juniors for the starting middle linebacker position.  In two games Hall has ten tackles and two pass breakups. The linebacking group is fast and have helped Boise State to a number two ranking in scoring defense and a number eight ranking in total defense allowing just 240 yards per game.


The most experience on the Boise State defense lies with the defensive backs.  Second Team All-WAC performer Gabe Franklin (5-10, 183) anchors the experienced backfield after grabbing eight interceptions last year, good for fifth in the nation. Senior Julius Brown (5-10, 185) roams the left side of the field where his in an all-league candidate at cornerback. Brown has already tallied four pass breakups and fifteen tackles this year, good for first and second on the team.

Senior free safety Wes Nurse (5-10, 185) returns and is an All-WAC candidate.  Nurse is one of the two Broncos with an interceptions this season, sophomore Cam Hall has the other.  Junior Chris Carr (5-9, 180) slides into the starting rover position for the first time, but the talented back has plenty of experience after grabbing 47 tackles in 2002.  He is currently third on the team in tackles with 12.  Each position is backed by talented freshman that could see action on Saturday.

The BSU defensive backs have helped the Broncos limit their opponents to just 10 points in two games. They also are ranked sixth in the nation in pass efficiency defense allowing just 79.3 yards through the air.


The cornerbacks. Gabe Franklins and Julius Brown have the experience and the knowledge to compete with the Beavers' air attack. Each has a chance to play on Sunday, and a TV game would be a great way to tip the scouts.

Boise State Bronco Special Teams
Lost place-kicker and punter

Junior Tyler Jones (6-1, 209) assumed the field goal kicking role after Nick Calaycay graduated.  The junior has converted all three of his field goals (35, 46, and 26) as well as all 11 of his PAT's.  He has also kicked the ball of well hanging the ball.

Freshman Kyle Stinger (5-8, 185) has done a decent job for the Broncos this year averaging 38.9 yards a kick on eight kicks with two landing inside the twenty.


The Bronocs boast two of the top 20 punt returners in the nation.  Senior Tim Gilligan, 23 yards per punt average, and sophomore Brad Allen (5-7, 179), 14.7 yards per punt average, are second and nineteenth, respectively.  Gilligan is coming off an WAC special teams player of the week performance after returning three punts for 66 yards to average 22 yards per return.

Senior David Mikell is the man when running back kickoffs for the Broncos.  He is the only person to have touched a kickoff and has returned three kicks for 85 yards, a 29.3 average.

As a unit the Bronco punt returners are twelfth in the nation with a 17.9 yard average while the kick returners are fourteenth 28.3 average. 


Bronco Notes:

  • Boise State has the only perfect record in the WAC with a 2-0 mark.
  • BSU is the nation's fourth winningest I-A program in the last five years with a 42-10 mark (.808).
  • The Broncos have the nation's second longest winning streak among I-A teams in the nation at 13 in a row.
  • Boise State has won six road games in a row.  The last time they lost was in 2002, 41-14 to Arkansas.
  • BSU has played a Pac-10 school seven times and has not won yet.  They are 0-2 against OSU, 0-1 against UCLA, and 0-4 against WSU.
  • The Broncos first league title was captured in 2002.  The same year that head coach Dan Hawkins was selected WAC Coach of the Year.



2002 Results (12-1, 8-0 Big Sky)
Opponent                   Score
--------                   -----
Idaho                      W, 38-21
at Arkansas                L, 14-41
at Wyoming                 W, 35-13
Utah State                 W, 63-28
Hawaii                     W, 58-31
at Tulsa                   W, 52-24
Fresno State               W, 67-21
at San Jose State          W, 45-8
at UTEP                    W, 58-3
Rice                       W, 49-7
Louisiana Tech             W, 36-10
at Nevada                  W, 44-7
Iowa State                 W, 34-16

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