Boise State football transitioned from a game centered around the defense against BYU, to a game focused on offense against New Mexico on Saturday.
Redshirt junior Joe Southwick appeared comfortable and confident during the first half with the offense. Southwick passed for 311 yards, competing three touchdowns to beat The Lobos 32-29.
Boise State led by 25 points at halftime, shutting down the New Mexico offense, after captializing on three Lobos’ fumbles into 18 points.
The defense played a big role, forcing four fumbles and recovering three of them.
The Broncos’ first fumble came in the opening kickoff of the second half. New Mexico did not hesistate to take advantage of the Bronco mistake, gaining their first score of the game.
Redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi put on an impressive performance. He entered the game with only one carry in his collegiate career. However, he took his second carry 71 yards and then scored his first touchdown a mere two plays later, which was the third score of the game for the Broncos.
Ajayi’s 71-yard play is the longest run of the season since Doug Martin’s 84-yard run in the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
Ajayi finished his game with 118 yards with six carries, becoming the first freshman Bronco to top 100 yards in game since Matt Kaiserman in 2009 against Hawaii.
New Mexico State played an option offense that proved to be a challenge for the Bronco defense. The option offense took hold in the second half as New Mexico began gaining momentum, closing the gap after their scoreless first half.
However, the Lobos did not throw a pass in the second half until their final play of the game.
The fourth quarter is when the Lobos seemed to catch their groove, with New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche scoring twice in the quarter in addition to adding a two-point conversion. This touchdown marked a one-possession game.
Boise State was quick to respond with a 10-play touchdown drive. Southwick was 6-for-7 on the drive for 70 yards, including an eight-yard scoring strike to freshman Shane Williams-Rhodes.
The Broncos battled yet again with their devastating history in field goals, missing a field goal in the fourth quarter with 3:24 left to play.
Despite having the time to make a big play, the Lobos were shut down by the Boise defense on a three and out, including a battered pass on fourth down.
The 2012 faceoff aginst New Mexico led to different results in comparison to last season.
Last season New Mexico was shut down by the Boise defense and a leading offensive performance by Kellen Moore, with a final score 45-0.
This season brought different results, with a score of 32-29. The comparison between this year and last season calls attention to the fact that it is a different team on the field, with all of the players working to find their rythmn as a unit.
Next week will also be a battle as the Broncos face off against Southern Mississippi at 10 a.m. Oct. 6, in Hattiesburg, Miss.