After a two-point loss to the San Diego St. Aztecs, the Boise State Broncos’ hopes at a Mountain West title were in major jeopardy.
Despite the setback, the Broncos had an opportunity to stave off disaster against a University of Hawaii team with a penchant for pitiful defense. Like many expected, the Broncos achieved victory, but they did so in a convincing fashion.
Not only did they defeat a Mountain West opponent, they did so with a 35-point obliteration on the road.
Sure, the Warriors allow a 123rd-ranked 43 points per game, but it was a testament to the will of this Boise State football team. In the face of adversity, its players stepped up and snagged a win when it mattered most.
Boise State’s passing attack looked especially impressive. Junior wideout Aaron Burks had 107 receiving yards with a touchdown, and starting QB Joe Southwick had a solid outing throwing for 200-plus passing yards and three touchdowns.
Even Southwick’s backup, Grant Hedrick, managed to score a touchdown of his own by willing his way past the goal line. The Broncos were equally as impressive on the other side of the ball. The Broncos' defensive unit managed to force two interceptions and held the Warriors to two scores over the course of 60 minutes—a complete shutdown of the woeful Warriors.
If the Broncos want to finish off the season with a chance at a MWC victory, there is no doubt that they need to repeat a similarly solid outing in their final two games—both against Mountain West opponents.
This upcoming week, the Broncos will face off against the 3-7 Colorado State Rams at home. Before they get ahead of themselves, the Broncos need to maintain the same vigilance and intensity they showed last game to avoid being overconfident. If they can get the easy win against the Rams, all that remains is a huge finale against the Nevada Wolfpack on the road.
With only two crucial games left, the Broncos’ title hopes hinge on them finishing strong and keeping their eyes on the prize.