It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves.
In their fourth game of the season, the Boise State Broncos stuffed up New Mexico in the first half. But the Lobos fired out ready to play the second half and outscored Boise State 29-7 in the third and fourth quarters before turning over the ball on downs late in the fourth.
The Lobos' drive could have tied the score, or New Mexico could have taken the lead. Boise State's defense, which went from bend to break in the second half, stood up, and linebacker Tommy Smith batted down a fourth-down pass to give the ball and game over to the Bronco offense.
It's probably fair to say Boise State escaped with the win. So why bring it up again?
Because if Boise State thought it was done seeing an option offense, it needs to rethink that. This week’s opponent, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-4 on the season), may not run the triple option, but they do run a spread-option attack.
Obviously, stopping the run plays into the five keys identified for Boise State if it wishes to emerge victorious from Saturday morning's tussle with the Golden Eagles. Here are the keys to the game…