It was a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Bronco defense was bending, but not breaking, against New Mexico’s triple-option offense. Not so in the second half. The Lobos found gaps, and Boise State defenders were opting to cover potential pitch targets, allowing the ball-carrier to cut inside for substantial gains. In some cases, the ball-carrier was able to slip into the end zone relatively untouched
New Mexico exposed weaknesses in the Boise State defense and defied oddsmakers who had Boise State a prohibitive favorite. It could even be said that Boise State was lucky to escape with a 32-29 win. The less-than-convincing win, though, did knock Boise State out of the Top 25 AP football poll, although the Broncos did slide into the USA Today Top 25.
In Saturday’s game, Boise State went with a platoon system at some positions, swapping out the defensive line as a unit at times. Redshirt freshman running back Jay Ajayi spelled starter, and sixth-year senior D.J. Harper, throughout most of the second quarter and injuries, forced Boise State to do some swapping around on the offensive line.
With all that in mind, let’s grade the starters from Saturday’s game against New Mexico