Boise State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. New Mexico

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Boise State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. New Mexico
Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

Boise State needs to get its offense in gear after the 7-6 win over BYU in which the only Bronco score was a pick-six. That could happen Saturday when the Broncos travel to New Mexico for a late afternoon battle against the Lobos.

New Mexico (2-2 on the season) opened the season with a 66-21 win over Southern, was blanked by Texas 45-0, lost to Texas Tech 49-14 and then rebounded to beat in-state rival, New Mexico State, 27-14.

The Broncos, 2-1, wore down in the fourth quarter in their first game, losing to Michigan State, 17-13, then toppled Miami (Ohio), 39-12, before nipping BYU in a Thursday night battle. Boise State’s offense was largely ineffective against BYU, totaling 261 yards. Senior running back D.J. Harper carried the Bronco offense with 112 yards rushing and 20 yards in catches.

Twice in three games the Bronco offense has failed to score a touchdown. Twice, the Bronco defense has turned in a pick-six that either kept Boise State in the game or won it—as in the case of the BYU game when nose tackle Mike Atkinson picked off the pass and found pay dirt.  

According to ESPN,, Boise State’s offense sits at No. 116 in the nation in total offense out of 124 teams. New Mexico is ranked No. 104. Jump over to the NCAA and the Bronco defense is ranked No. 18 in the nation while the Lobos’ defense is tied at No. 95 in the nation.

So what are the keys to a Bronco win Saturday at New Mexico? What should Boise State look to accomplish to help its struggling offense down the road? Here are some ideas…

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