Hawaii Bowl 2013: 10 Things We Learned in Boise State's Loss vs. Oregon State

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Hawaii Bowl 2013: 10 Things We Learned in Boise State's Loss vs. Oregon State
Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

The Boise State Broncos fell to 8-5 overall after a 38-23 loss to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

The game started fine for the Broncos, but after the Beavers returned two first-half fumbles for touchdowns, it was clear BSU was in trouble.

By halftime, it was 31-6 in favor of OSU, and it didn't get much better in the second half.

The Broncos made it look respectable by at least getting into the end zone in the second half, but they never really had a chance in the game.

On paper, the loss didn't look so lopsided. On the night, the Broncos had 537 yards of offense and 28 first downs. By comparison, Oregon State had 454 yards of offense with 22 first downs.

The real difference was the turnovers.

It was a convincing loss that brought some painful lessons for the Broncos. Let's look closer at some of those lessons, and try to figure out what it might mean for the team and its future.

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