In absolute shock, a Boise State team that was decimated by injuries entered Provo and beat the # 10 BYU Cougars 26-17. The Broncos were without seven starters and lost three more during the game. It could be a decisive victory for Andy Avalos and his team. Let’s take a look at how each unit performed and how they contributed to Boise State’s victory.
Offensive classification: B
The attack was not electric, but they did their job. The offensive line chose an excellent game to achieve its best performance of the year. The Broncos were able to develop a consistent running game even without George Holani. Substitute Cyrus Habibi-Likio was injured in the second half.
The Cougar’s defense focused on mastering the Bronco’s passing offense and kept star receiver Khalil Shakir in check for much of the game. But a phenomenal catch in the fourth quarter resulted in a field goal that sealed the game. This unit still has a lot of room for growth, but if the offensive line can build on this performance, this team will be hard to beat.
Defensive level: A
It looked like it was going to be a long night after the defense gave up ten points and nearly 150 yards in the first quarter. But as the rain started to fall in Provo, the course of the game also changed. The Bronco defense came out on top and put in a phenomenal performance, especially in the red zone. Three forced turnovers made the difference in the game.
Boise State was without the two starting cornerbacks and lost their main tackle, JL Skinner, late in the first half on a targeting call. The Broncos also lost backup cornerback Damon Cole in the first quarter. Boise State had every excuse for losing that game, but they pulled off the kind of performance that has defined Bronco football for the past 25 years.
Special teams rating: A +
It will fall under the radar, but the Broncos played a flawless game on the special teams. Jonah Dalmas was 4/4 on field goals and Joel Velazquez was excellent on punts. Boise State’s tackle on special teams was excellent and a forced fumble on special teams was essential to the victory.
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