The Beginning Of The End? Boise State Will Fall From Grace

27 11 2010

Will Kellen Moore ever get a shot at a BCS game again?

Idaho head football coach Robb Akey called them the best Boise State team he’s ever seen.  Fresno State’s Pat Hill claimed he would take the Broncos over any other team in the nation.  But now, one has to wonder:

Has the Boise State football program peaked?

With 21 of 22 starters returning this season, many people assumed the Broncos would run the table and position themselves to become the first non-AQ school to play in a BCS Championship Game.  Their biggest draw back had nothing to do with X’s and O’s or talent, but rather if their schedule was tough enough to convince the computer they were capable.  Apparently the critiques that called their road to Glendale, Arizona on January 10, 2011 to easy were wrong.  They forgot about one other important date: November 26, 2010 at Nevada.

If BSU advocates thought mistakes were costly before by not beating opponents by enough, this lost just cost them $16.25 million.

Thats the difference between playing in the Humaritarian Bowl and the BCS Championship game.

In turn, maybe this will be the biggest injustice of them all.  The fact the University of Washington – who isn’t bowl eligible, but could be – will qualify for a better postseason game (in terms of money) than Boise State if they Huskies win their final two games of the season.  I think we could all agree the Bronco would change the Dawgs team colors from purple and gold to black and blue after spending 60-minutes on the same field.

Furthermore, just 24-hours ago many argued that BSU was the best team in the nation.  We haven’t involved the Huskies in a similar conversation for 86,784 hours – or their 2000-01 Rose Bowl season.

(More to come … have to go Christmas shopping before I return to Lewiston though.)

Second Half Comparison

Boise State Broncos        
  Rush Yds Pass Yds 1st Downs Time of   Poss Points
1st Qtr 9-40 87 8 9:29 3
2nd Qtr 12-97 75 7 7:22 21
3rd Qtr 7-13 28 0 3:42 0
4th Qtr 1- (-1) 141 2 1:51 7
           
Nevada Wolfpack        
1st Qtr 8-26 31 3 5:31 0
2nd Qtr 7-4 114 5 7:38 7
3rd Qtr 14-66 43 8 11:12 7
4th Qtr 21-165 71 12 13:00 17

Over the last few years, Boise State have jumped out to a big lead against Nevada. The Wolf Pack have come back to make it interesting before the Broncos were able to hold on.  Not this time.

  • 2010: Boise State held a 24-7 lead at halftime.  Nevada scored 17 fourth quarter points and cameback to win 34-31 in overtime.
  • 2009:Boise State led 27-3 in the second quarter.  Nevada cut the lead to eight before the Broncos won 44-33.
  • 2008: Boise State led 24-3 at halftime.  Nevada cut it to seven in fourth quarter before losing 41-34.
  • 2007: Boise State led 28-14 in the second quarter. Nevada eventually came back to tie it, but Boise State prevailed 69-67 in four overtimes.

Notable Nuggets:

  • Boise State allowed a season-high 269 rushing yards.  In wins against Fresno State, Idaho, Hawaii, San Jose State and New Mexico State, the Bronco’s allowed a combined 301 yards on the ground.
  • Last night, Boise State surrender 165 yards rushing in the fourth-quarter alone.  That was just seven yards off the previous high the allowed all season in an entire game (Louisiana Tech, 172) and 30 yards less than their previous three games comebine (Fresno State, Idaho and Hawaii teams up for a total of 195 yards).
  • Nevada ran 56 offensive plays in the second half, compared to just 20 by Boise State.
  • Kellen Moore took every snap from undercenter from the first time since the Virginia Tech game, and was on the field at the end of regulation for the first time since the Oregon State game.
  • Kyle Brotzman has tied a career-high with two misses in the same game (2009: vs Oregon, at Louisiana Tech; 2008: vs Hawaii, at Idaho)
  • Prior to last night’s two misses, Brotzman was 24-25 inside 30-yards for his career.
  • Last night loss snapped a 24-game overall winning streak and a 22-game WAC winning streak (11.23.07 vs Hawaii, 39-27).  Also, it marked their first conference loss to a team not named Hawaii or Fresno State since November 3, 2001 (at Louisiana Tech, 48-42).
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