Boise State finds themselves with three losses for the first time since the 2007 season when the Broncos dropped the Hawaii Bowl to finish with a 10-3 record.
Following a 37-20 non-conference loss at BYU over the weekend, the Broncos are back to the drawing board once again. The Broncos will look to where improvements need to be made as they get back into conference play on the road against Colorado State this weekend.
“We can’t let something like that bring us down too much,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Spencer Gerke said. “We’ve kind of have to step back and realize that’s not a league game.”
The Broncos got off to another slow start against BYU, like they have several times this year, and got in a hole early that proved to be too much to drag themselves out of.
“We kind of started slow and we started to pick it up toward the end of the game but it was a little too late,” sophomore safety Darian Thompson said.
Three different times this season the Broncos have either scored just one touchdown in the first quarter or failed to score at all in the opening quarter. Getting off to a quicker start for the Broncos will be a focus point moving forward.
“You can’t put it on one thing but that’s definitely something we have to clean up,” Gerke said. “We have to start fast and continue that into the first half.”
Playing smart is another key point the Broncos will be focusing on moving forward. The Broncos racked up four fumbles on the night, several of which were results of wide receivers and running backs trying to pick up extra yards by juking out defenders.
Making smart plays against Colorado State this weekend will be important if the Broncos want to come out with a win in Fort Collins. At 2-1 in conference play, the Rams control their own destiny for a conference championship, just like the Broncos.
“They play to the strengths of the guys that they have,” Petersen said. “I think they’re getting better as the season goes on.”
“I don’t think they should be fighting for extra yards,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. “I think that they hit creases and go forward and fall forward and try to run through that.”