A week ago, the Boise State defense gave up 38-points in a 32-point loss to the Washington Huskies (1-0). It was the worst loss for the Broncos since 2005 when they lost to the Georgia Bulldogs, 48-13.
Seven days later, the Bronco defense was virtually impenetrable. The University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks scored early in the game to tie the Broncos at 7-7. It did not take the Broncos long to figure out the Skyhawks’ schemes.
In their loss to the Huskies, the Bronco defense came away with just one turnover. Through three quarters against the Skyhawks, the Boise State defense forced five turnovers, helping the Broncos jump out to a 63-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
“All across the board, I was just pleased with how the guys worked all week, came back, and did get better from last week,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said.
Redshirt sophomore safety Darian Thompson, redshirt junior cornerback Bryan Douglas and redshirt senior linebacker Dustin Kamper combined to force four Skyhawk interceptions. Thompson and Kamper each came away with one, while Douglas intercepted two, returning one 33-yards for a touchdown.
Redshirt sophomore safety Taylor Loffler and sophomore linebacker Tyler Gray each recovered a fumble, pushing Boise State’s forced turnovers to a staggering total of six.
Tennessee-Martin head coach Jason Simpson knew his team was at a disadvantage, and it showed on the field.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” Simpson said. “Coach Petersen had his team prepared. They coached better and played better.”
The Skyhawks let the game get away from them following a score by Boise State to put the Broncos up 14-7. Six turnovers later and Coach Simpson watched as his team lost 63-14.
“I knew on tape we were going to have to play pretty much mistake free,” Simpson said. “We clearly did not do that. They took advantage of everything we gave them.”
The Broncos held the Skyhawks to 357 yards of total offense, giving up just one turnover in the first quarter.
Boise State will take on Air Force (1-1) at 6pm MT next Friday, September 13.