Boise State is in a position they haven’t been in a very long time: just one loss away from having a losing record. It would be the first time during the tenure of current head coach Chris Petersen, who is now in his eighth season calling the shots on the Blue Turf.
The Broncos lost a heartbreaker over last weekend, in a 41-40 nail biter to their bitter rivals, Fresno State. Fresno State moved into the Top 25 rankings after defeating the Broncos for the just the second time since 2005, as Boise State was snubbed from the Top 25 for the first time since that same season.
The 2005 season was also the last year they failed to win at least 10 games, going 9-4 under Dan Hawkins in his last season as head coach.
Boise State now finds themselves in a hole, trying to claw their way back into the limelight. They are going to try to bounce back this Saturday when they return to the Blue Turf to take on the University of Southern Mississippi.
“We just need to get better at practice and better on our fundamentals,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Spencer Gerke said.
At 2-2, the Broncos don’t seem to be hitting the panic button just yet as the heart of their conference schedule follows their game against Southern Miss.
“Even if we were 4-0, we wouldn’t be satisfied,” Gerke said.
The Broncos defense has been gashed for some big yards and big points in their two losses this season. Discipline and execution will be a point of emphasis moving forward.
“We have to get more pressure on the quarterback,” redshirt junior defensive lineman Beau Martin said. “There’s a lot of things we need to do as a defense to improve.”
Head coach Petersen says this is arguably the most difficult schedule Boise State has faced in the time he as been a coach, but he knows it means they will have to become more disciplined and focused moving forward coming off a heartbreaking loss.
“They (Boise State) don’t like losing; show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” Petersen said. “We have a short time to shake it off and right back to work to improve.”
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles haven’t won a game since Dec. 24, 2011.
Winning would position the Broncos to make a run at a rematch with Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game in December.