Boise State has shaken off their woes after a 32-point loss to the University of Washington and have put up two straight wins at home with the most recent coming last Friday night against Air Force in a 42-20 victory to start off Mountain West Conference play.
The Broncos now head to Fresno State to add another chapter in their storied rivalry against the Bulldogs when they face off
While Air Force stuck with a heavy ground game against the Broncos, Fresno State brings an efficient and explosive passing game, led by redshirt senior quarterback Derek Carr.
“He’s fundamentally really good,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s been playing for a long time. I cannot believe he’s still there.”
Derek Carr is the younger brother of former Fresno State quarterback and the 2002 number one overall NFL draft pick, David Carr.
Twelve years ago, an upstart Boise State team went into Fresno and took down David Carr and the number eight ranked Bulldogs who were on the verge of becoming the first BCS buster in the history of the system.
The Idaho Statesmen reported in 2011, when Derek arrived in Fresno in 2009, David Carr hung a Boise State flag on Derek Carr’s wall and told him he couldn’t take it down until he beat Boise State.
David Carr claims he roots for the Broncos every week of the year except for this one.
“Don’t believe it,” Petersen said. “He’s a good guy; he’s a heck of a player.”
This time around, the Bulldogs are ranked 25th in the coaches poll and are the favorites for the first time in a long time against the Broncos. An offense that gets the ball out of Derek Carr’s hands quickly will give the Boise State defensive backs all they
“There’s no question that they’ll have to improve a great deal from game one to where we are now for us to hang in there,”
Through two games this year, Carr has completed 74-of-104 passes for 661 yards and eight touchdowns to get his Bulldogs into the top 15 in the nation in both passing yards and points per game.
“I saw them play a few weeks ago and they toss that rock around,” redshirt junior wide receiver Matt Miller said. “I think it would be a lot of fun.”
Fresno State is coming off a bizarre week where their game against Colorado University was postponed due to flooding in the Boulder area. With a week of extra preparations, it could be what they need to finally get past this Boise State team.
“They’ve got a lot of good skill guys, but we just need to do our jobs,” redshirt senior linebacker Khayree Marshall said. “If we just do our jobs, I feel like
we’ll be fine.”
The Broncos will kickoff against Fresno State on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Friday night.