Boise State Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Fresno State Game

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Boise State Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Fresno State Game
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It seems doubtful that the Boise State offense, one of the top scoring teams in recent years, will achieve that status in 2012. The trend is almost set in stone. What is winning games for Boise State is the stifling defense.

For three-and-a-half quarters, the Bronco defense stifled Fresno State, grudgingly yielding yardage and allowing only a field goal before the Bulldogs tacked on a passing touchdown on an 80-yard drive with 2:15 left in the game.

And, because the game was played on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium, the Broncos got a boost from the fans as well. The noise was so overwhelming that Fresno State’s first attempt to snap the ball after the game’s opening kickoff resulted in a delay of game penalty because quarterback Derek Carr couldn’t get signals conveyed to his team due to noise.

If the Bronco fans were part of this grading system, they would clearly get an A.

But let’s get to the game played on the field and not in the stands, and grade out the Bronco starters in the win over Fresno State…

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