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Fans of the Broncos watched their team turn the ball over twice in the red zone against Air Force. However, those mistakes didn't cost them the game against the Falcons.
Fast forward one week from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, and oh how the story changes.
Against Fresno State, the Broncos were driving midway through the second quarter. Joe Southwick had just completed a great pass to Geraldo Boldewijn for 16 yards and landed Boise State 1st-and-goal at the Bulldogs 29-yard line.
The very next play, Southwick threw an ill-advised pass that was quickly taken out of the air by Derron Smith of the Bulldogs.
Derek Carr and Co. then took that turnover and marched 71 yards in 11 plays for a Fresno State touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 24-16 lead. Had the Broncos converted instead of the interception, the game could have been either 19-17 or 23-17 in favor of the Broncos.
Midway through the third quarter, Boise State was trailing 31-19 when another costly cough-up made its appearance.
On a fourth down with just one yard to go, Jay Ajayi took the handoff, but something happened on the way to a first down. Ajayi lost the ball, and Fresno State took possession at its own 13-yard line.
Derek Carr then led his team on another 11-play drive, this time resulting in a field goal. The score was now 34-19 in favor of the home team.
Those two turnovers cost the Broncos six points at the very least and at the most 14. It also gave Fresno State a total of 10 points. That is quite a swing.
Against Southern Miss last week, backup quarterback Grant Hedrick lost the ball early in the second quarter. Southern Miss took over at its own eight, and two plays later the Golden Eagles scored their only points of the day on a touchdown pass by quarterback Allan Bridgford.
No, it wasn't costly because of the opponent, but it was still a turnover at the absolute worst time.
The Broncos must improve in this area before heading to Logan. Utah State is a good team, and just like Fresno State, the team that makes the fewest mistakes probably wins the game.