The Broncos are officially in the win column following a 63-14 drubbing of the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in their home opener over the weekend in front of a crowd of just over 33,000.
The Boise State defense forced an impressive six turnovers against Tennessee-Martin as they allowed 357 total yards of offense, yet allowed just two touchdowns. A vast improvement to the 38 points allowed against the Washington Huskies on opening weekend.
The Broncos now turn their attention to the opening of Mountain West Conference play on Friday night when they host the Air Force Academy Falcons and attempt to put a stop the triple option offense.
“It’s a short week,” redshirt sophomore safety Darian Thompson said. “We have to hit the ground rolling immediately.”
The Falcons’ run-heavy offense and misdirection gave the Broncos fits two years ago when they escaped with a 37-26 win in Boise State’s second Mountain West game ever.
“The problem with Air Force is they do a lot,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “Everyone thinks of those guys as just the triple option and they’re not just the triple option, but they have a lot of offense.”
In their opening two games this year, the Broncos have already allowed a total of 415 rushing yards. A team that has prided itself on their defense in recent years, the Broncos will have to stay disciplined in their approach if they want to slow down the Falcons’ ground attack.
“You hear the coaches say ‘just do your job’,” Thompson said. “If everyone just does their job, with the way our defense is designed, I feel like we’ll be successful.”
The Broncos will be sure to focus on tackling this week after missed tackles were exploited for extra yardage time and time again against Tennessee-Martin.
“Tackling is huge, and I don’t just say that about this offense, I say that about every offense,” Thompson said. “You’re on defense, you need to tackle. I feel like tackling is always going to be a big point.”
Air Force touts a running back tandem of junior Jon Lee and fellow junior Broam Hart. Both backs have gone for over 125-yards and two touchdowns through the Falcons’ first two games and will be used along with starting quarterback, sophomore Jaleel Awini to exploit the Broncos on the ground.
“We just have to take care of ourselves and take care of our system and our fundamentals,” Petersen said. “That’s all you can do, you can’t worry about the other side.”
The Broncos will surely have their hands full with the triple option on Friday night when they take to The Blue at 6 pm on ESPN.