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Historically, Boise State homecoming games have yielded success for the football program. Since 2010 the Broncos are undefeated in homecoming games, and attendance ratings for those games are higher than the season average.

 It’s no secret that the athletic department has struggled to sell tickets in the post-Kellen Moore era.

 Season ticket sales last season dipped down to 22,416, and the numbers for this year have yet to reach that mark.

Homecoming games have been the redeeming factor for Boise State athletics, however.

The last five homecoming opponents (UC Davis, Toledo, Air Force UNLV and Southern Mississippi) combining for a record of 24-38 in the season they faced the Broncos, only UC Davis in 2009 had a lower attendance than the season average for that year.

Boise State outscored those opponents 245-77.

This year’s homecoming game is also the earliest in the season homecoming has been during that five year span.

According to Campus Programs Coordinator Erin Mahn, this has caused Homecoming Week to flow with Bronco Welcome.

“It’s a little bit more hectic, but it’s really just flowed together with the start of the school year,” Mahn said. “It makes everything run a little faster.”

The past five homecoming games for the Broncos have another similarity however: all were against one of the weakest opponents on the schedule.

A spokesperson for the Alumni Center could not be reached to explain how the homecoming date is selected, but assistant athletic director of media relations Max Corbet told The Arbiter via email that the athletic department has some input in selecting the homecoming date.

There are several possibilities to why homecoming games coincide with the Broncos’ weakest opponent.

If there is the possibility that there will be difficulty to fill Albertsons Stadium, homecoming can be used as a draw to bring in those fans who don’t want to see a blowout.

Another possible reason for this pattern is few alumni would want to make the trek back to Boise and end up seeing the Broncos lose.

According to athletic director Mark Coyle, the athletic department has begun working closely with the Alumni Center to get alumni more involved with the Broncos, and hopefully increase those ticket sales.

Coyle considers athletics to be the “elastic band” that keeps alumni involved with the school.

“How we kind of look at it is, how can we engage our students and get them involved so when you all graduate [you] still want to be a part of our program,” Coyle said.

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With homecoming week in full effect, Boise State students were given the rare chance to have their own shining moment on The Blue with the annual Toliet Bowl.

The Toilet Bowl is an intramural flag football tournament that has made its mark on the Boise State Homecoming Week.

Sigma Fly won the championship over Ms. Mogoo.

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s really cool great being out there,” sophomore construction management major Jake Farris said. “We as students don’t get many opportunity to do things like this.”

A team can have up to 20 players, but must have at least four men and four women.

The event consists of a 16 team single elimination tournament with games going all day.

“I like being outside and doing athletic events,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Ray said. “This was a great opportunity to be outside having fun in the sun.”

The Toliet Bowl is also one of the few opportunities students have to step foot on The Blue.

“I have never actually got to play on The Blue,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Raube said. “I was very excited to get to do that.”

The Toilet Bowl goes back longer than you would think. It was actually started in the 1950s by several fraternities on campus.

After a hiatus in the mid-80s, the Toilet Bowl was brought back in 1998 and has been the kickoff event of Homecoming Week ever since.

The Toilet Bowl is perhaps the most popular event of Homecoming Week with many students not only participating but coming out to watch the event as well.

“I heard this was a fun tradition and never took advantage of it until now,” senior graphic design major Hailey Vik said. “Since I am a senior I wanted to make sure I did this before I left.”

Students not only participate in the event, but run the event. Several former players volunteer their time as referees to make sure the tournament goes smoothly.

“It’s my second time being an official,” senior mathematics major Rodney Paguirigan said. “I played it my freshman and sophomore years and I am happy to helping out with this great event.”

Every team in the Toilet Bowl was pumped and ready to go in the hopes of coming away as the big winners.

“I am pretty confident in my team,” sophomore communication major Zach Cowen said. “We are going to stomp the competition.”

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For the first time this season, the Boise State women’s soccer team was kept off of the scoreboard.

Despite taking 14 shots, the Broncos were only able to make two shots on target in a 2-0 loss to Northwest rival Gonzaga at Boas Soccer Complex on Monday.

The loss drops Boise State to 3-2-2 on the season.

Key to the Bulldogs’ defense was finding a way to stop Boise State junior Brooke Heidemann. Heidemann—last week’s National Player of the Week according to Disney Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association—only managed to get one shot off in 78 minutes of action.

Gonzaga (4-4-0) struck first in the 23rd minute with a goal from Tori Lee from 5 yards out of the net.

Despite having a 9-4 total shot advantage over the Bulldogs, Boise State was unable to score in the first half, and surrendered another goal to Heather Johnson only 76 seconds into the second half.

Boise State next will head down to Southern California to face Pepperdine and UC Irvine before going to Colorado with games against Air Force and Colorado College.

The Broncos’ next home game won’t be until Oct. 3 against Colorado State.

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Homecoming is a rare opportunity to return to campus for most Boise State alumni.  For head coach Bryan Harsin and half of the coaching staff, however, it is a reminder that they get to work in the same place where they spent their playing days.

Out of the 10 full-time football coaches, six spent their undergraduate careers at Boise State, and all but Scott Huff and Andy Avalos—the only holdovers from Chris Petersen’s staff—are returning to Boise State after stints outside of the Treasure Valley.

At the head of it all is the Boise man himself: Coach Harsin. Harsin is a native of Boise; he graduated from Capital High School in 1994 and was a quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-1999.

“We’re coming home,” Harsin said in a press release following his hiring as head coach. “(Boise State) is a special place built by special people.”

Harsin always dreamed of returning to Boise State after he left to become the co-offensive coordinator at Texas in 2011.

“One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise,” Harsin said. “We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach—that day has arrived.”

After taking the head coaching job at Arkansas State in 2013, it was uncertain if Harsin would find the opportunity to become the head coach at Boise State. Many members of the Bronco community were positive that Petersen was in Boise for the long haul until Dec. 6, when Petersen announced he was leaving for Washington.

For many of the alumni coaching staff, nostalgia for their alma mater is synonymous with memories on The Blue.

“To be honest with you, it’s a little more emotional before the game,” Harsin said following Boise State’s win over the Rams. “Just being back on The Blue—that’s a special place.”

The Broncos got Harsin his first win as the Boise State head coach against Colorado State at home earlier this season.

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Emma Bates could possibly go down as Boise State's greatest athlete of all time.

There are two photos hanging on the wall of Boise State’s director of track and field and cross country coach Corey Ihmels’ office: Betsy Saina and Lisa Uhl, his two most decorated athletes from his home at
Iowa State.

After winning the NCAA title in the 10k this past summer, Emma Bates may have made her way onto her coach’s wall as well.

“I think we’re going to have to retire the cardinal and gold and put up some blue and orange,” Ihmels told The Arbiter back in July.

Bates, the most decorated athlete in Boise State history, enters her final season as a Bronco hungry to leave an even bigger mark on the record books.

More often than not, athletes become complacent after achieving their big goal. Once they have nothing else to strive for, they lose track of the process and are satisfied with their careers.

For Bates, however, her NCAA championship has only increased her belief in Ihmels’ process and her confidence that she is one of the best runners at the national level.

“It’s a lot of pressure for sure but that’s what keeps you going,” Bates said. “It kind of feeds you. You build off of that and use it to your advantage going into every race.

“I know I can improve on my times and get my team to where we want to go. That’s what keeps me going.”

Ihmels also believes that having a title to her name will only benefit Bates.

“I think for Emma that was the one thing that was missing for her—actually winning that title and being the best in the country,” Ihmels said. “I think for her she sees it as a stepping stone.”

The next step: improving Bates’s confidence, a part of Ihmels’ process for training distance runners. His process has led him to become one of the most successful distance coaches in collegiate history.

His process is founded in patience—nothing great will ever come overnight. The success of his athletes is based predominantly on sticking to a plan of hard work and doing things the right way.

“I think success breeds success,” Ihmels said. “I learned very early as a coach from one of my mentors to never hold back the women because they’re women.”

Bates is a fond practitioner of Ihmels’ process because, without it, she doesn’t believe she would be where she is at today.

As a senior at Elk River High School in Minnesota, Bates had modest personal bests—good enough to get her a shot at the collegiate level, but not Division I.

A connection with former Broncos coach Brad Wick, an Elk River native, brought her to Boise State. From there, Bates has exceeded practically every expectation she set for herself.

“I definitely never imagined I would win a national title coming out of high school,” Bates said. “I didn’t even know I would be competing at the DI level, let alone competing well. So, it was just pretty surreal to go into the season with a shot to win, and then to actually have it happen.”

Bates’ only focus as of now is on winning the NCAA title in cross country.

“I’m excited for what is in store this year,” Ihmels said. “But we go back to the process. We have to be patient and let the process take care of itself. “

The process has gotten her this far; who’s to say it won’t get her even farther.

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Boise State's Jonathan Moxey came up with a big interception that helped secured the win against UConn.

Nearly every facet of the Boise State football team has seen improvement since their season opening loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta. Saturday’s 38-21 win over UConn showed just how far the Broncos have come since they fell flat against the Rebels.

The win improved Boise State to 2-1 on the season. Here are five areas that Bronco fans should keep an eye on.

1. The defense is the strongest in the MW: Not since 2010, Justin Wilcox’s last year in the City of Trees, has the Boise State defense looked this good. The Broncos had their third straight game with two or more interceptions, one of which was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Donte Deayon. Linebacker Tanner Vallejo added a 31-yard fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter.

2. Jay Ajayi is human: It appears all those touches are finally starting to take a toll on Jay Ajayi. Ajayi came into Saturday’s game averaging 229.5 yards of total offense per game—he exited Rentschler Field with 52 yards on 20 touches.

3. Grant Hedrick is finding his groove: After the utter embarrassment that was Ole Miss, quarterback Grant Hedrick is finally starting to get into the form many were expecting of him. Hedrick was smart with his decision making against the Huskies, and was a part of Boise State’s only three offensive touchdowns of the game.

4. The Broncos can close a game: In two games thus far this season, Boise State has been outscored 42-7 in the fourth quarter. That trend finally came to a screeching halt against UConn. Boise State achieved a 14-0 shutout in the fourth quarter led by a huge interception by Jonathan Moxely with 11:26 remaining in the game and the scoreboard reading 24-21 in favor of the Broncos.

5. Tight ends are finally a part of the offense: Tight ends Jake Roh and Holden Huff combined for 77 yards on five catches. The Broncos’ best tight end from last season, Jake Hardee, finished the season with 73 yards on five receptions. Bryan Harsin’s goal was to get the tight ends more involved in the offense this season, and it appears his goal is beginning to become a reality.

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Yazia Rodriguez Ortego spent this summer playing with the Spanish U-20 national team at the European Championships.

Boise State women’s basketball point guard Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego had the rare opportunity to represent her country this past summer. 

She was part of the Spanish national Under-20 team this summer.

“It’s always a cool experience to represent your country,” Rodriguez Ortego said.

Rodriguez Ortego, the reigning MW Freshman of the Year had an opportunity to play exclusively in Spain coming out of high school, but she chose instead to come to Boise State.

“When I was in Spain I had two options, either play professionally or come to the United States,” Rodriguez Ortgo said. “It is really hard to play over there and I wanted to study engineering and play basketball.  I decided to come to Boise because I liked the program.”

Rodriguez Ortego has been playing international ball since she was 12. Last season she competed for both the U-18 and U-19 Spain national teams.

She left for Spain at the end of May where her team participated in a few tournaments before leaving for Italy for the U-20 European Championships.

While in Europe, Rodriguez Ortgo had to get used to playing the European style of basketball, which tends to be more pass and shoot oriented as opposed to the physical style of American basketball.

“It was difficult at the beginning,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “Basketball there and basketball here are different as they both have different concepts. The roles I had on both teams are different. Here I can score more but over there my role is to assist more.”

Rodriguez Ortego still prefers the American style of basketball, but she is glad she is playing internationally as well.

“It will make me a more well-rounded player because I will have the tools from everything that I have learned,” Rodriguez Ortego said.

Her team ended up making it to the finals where they lost to France in overtime.

“It was exciting to be in the final because all my teammates had never been to the finals before and this was their last chance,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “I was really happy for them.”

Playing basketball though wasn’t the only thing Rodriguez Ortego got to do, as she was able to visit her family.

“I hadn’t seen my family in four years,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “When I got to see them it was just so exciting and they made me a big dinner.”

While Rodriguez Ortego was happy to see her family and play for her  country ,she also missed her Bronco teammates that had become her new family.

“I was still talking to them,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “When I was over there I really missed the people here and I couldn’t wait to come back.”

Rodriguez Ortego is hoping her experience and play on the national team will translate into a big-time season for the Broncos this year.

“Everything I did with the international team I am going to bring over here,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “This season I have a lot more confidence in myself and I want to help my team win.”

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Boise State was able to cash in on their loss against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game.

he opening week of college football saw large payouts to Division I-AA programs and even more lucrative payouts to teams playing neutral site games.

According to a report from ESPN, over $12.9 million was paid to smaller budget programs such as Appalachian State and North Dakota State in “guarantee” games during week one.

Guarantee games are games for which larger Division I schools invite smaller budget programs for a single home game, almost guaranteeing a win for the larger school.

Not all guarantee games end in a win for the home team, however. Appalachian State famously defeated Michigan in 2007, while North Dakota State toppled Kansas State last season.

There are several benefits for smaller schools that agree to play in gurantee games. Their players and coaches get a rare chance at television exposure, and their athletic departments usually receive large payments in return.

Appalachian State and Florida Atlantic received the largest payouts at $1 million apiece during week one. North Dakota State received $350,000 for playing Iowa State.

Appalachian State’s bid for a second victory over the Wolverines in the Big House failed with Michigan handily defeating the Mountaineers, 52-14. Nebraska had an even easier victory over FAU, 55-7.

The Bison pulled off their fifth straight upset win over an FBS team, beating the Cyclones 34-14.

Boise State, on the other hand, has found a different strategy.

Since winning the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, the Broncos have participated in only four guarantee games: 2007 against Weber State, 2008 against Idaho State, 2009 against UC Davis and 2013 against Tennessee-Martin.

The cost of Boise State’s 63-14 win over Tennessee-Martin was $425,000 according to Max Corbet, the assistant athletic director of communications for the Broncos.

Instead of losing money on guarantee games, Boise State has played in neutral site games as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff series.

The Broncos have competed in two Chick-fil-A Kickoff games: a 2011 win over Georgia and a loss this season to Ole Miss.

Boise State received a total payment of $1.1 million from the Ole Miss game.

That payment goes into the athletic department’s general revenue Corbet told The Arbiter in an email.

The general revenue account is used by the entire athletic department.

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Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin knows the Broncos are going to have to play better in the 4th quarter to be successful this season.

Boise State football may have notched their first win of the season but a troubling development has arisen.

Through the first two games of the season the Broncos have been unable to finish the fourth quarter.

Head coach Bryan Harsin takes the Broncos struggles in the fourth quarter very seriously.

“I am not happy about it,” Harsin said. “We have to be able to get off the field.”

In their opener against Ole Miss the Broncos were outscored 28-7 in the fourth quarter. Last week against Colorado State the Broncos gave up over 200 yards in total offense during the fourth quarter. That was nearly half of the total yards the Rams had for the entire game.

“It’s too many plays and it’s too many yards,” Harsin said. “We have got to improve in the fourth quarter.”

This season, the Broncos defense has jumped out early in games with big stops but then faded as the game has gone on.

“There is no such thing as a great half of football,” Harsin said. “It’s a whole entire game.”

While the effort has been there, the Broncos have not been able to figure out how to truly close a game out.

“I don’t think they are not trying to finish or not trying to play the fourth quarter,” Harsin said. “It’s a matter of mentality.”

If Boise State is not careful this trend could really come to haunt them this season.

“There have been a lot of teams  already this season that have come out in the second half and made a difference,” Harsin said.

The Broncos will be looking to buck this trend when they head on the road this weekend against Connecticut.

“The fourth quarter is going to be a theme,” Harsin said. “It’s something we have to deal with until we prove otherwise.”

Kick off is at 10:00 a.m. and can be seen on ABC locally, and ESPN 2 nationally. 

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Walton's Wisdom is a sports column written by the assistant Sports & Rec editor and self-proclaimed sports wizard Brandon Walton
Walton’s Wisdom is a sports column written by assistant Sports & Rec editor and self-proclaimed sports wizard Brandon Walton.

More than anything else our university is known for our blue turf and our football program, so it’s easy to forget about all our other athletic programs we have going in the fall.

It’s sad because many of these programs have really taken off as of late and could be in store for their best seasons yet.

Coach Jim Thomas has turned the soccer program around in his short time here as last year he led the Broncos to their first 13-win season since 2009.

Swimming and diving had one of their best seasons in recent memory last season as the Broncos won the Mountain West championship for the second time and sent six people to nationals.

The volleyball team comes into the season with a lot of experience as they only lost two players from last year’s team.

Finally, both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams are coming off spectacular seasons. The person to watch is senior Emma Bates. She is coming off a  runner up finish at the NCAA National Championships.

While we all love watching our beloved Broncos on The Blue please remember we have a lot of other great athletes here at our university. So take the time and go out and support them. Our school is much more than football.

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Dr. Tyler Johnson is the director of the Masters in Athletic Leadership program at Boise State.

Sitting in Boise State’s athletic training room, Seth Rede first began to hear rumors of a new master’s program. He felt it would help him reach his dream of working at an athletic performance enhancement center.

Now in its second semester, the Master of Athletic Leadership program hopes to help others like Rede improve athletics with a leadership education, founded in practicum.

“I feel the MAL program will help me adapt and contribute to any team of professionals that I might be working with,” Rede told The Arbiter.

The MAL program at Boise State is just the latest  of programs focused on improving athletics through leadership education that have been spreading across the United States.

According to program director Tyler Johnson, Boise State’s MAL program has a heavy emphasis on direct practicum. Tene of the 32 credits required to graduate from the program are practicum- based.

“You spend a lot of time working in the field with a professional,” Johnson said.      “It’s a formal program, but it also has some nice opportunities to get out there and socialize with people who are already coaches.”

Johnson feels it is important for a program like this to hold onto some informal nature, because according to research, coaches report they’ve spent more time learning through informal methods, such as talking with other coaches and reading.

Johnson was first approached by members of the athletic department, wondering if it were possible to have a formal education program for coaches. Johnson’s response was a resounding yes.

Boise State’s program is less focused on training coaches for specific sports, instead being more focused on educating individuals to be leaders in athletics, whether it be in athletic training, athletic administration at the college or high school level and coaching.

Rede takes pleasure in being able to step away from his kinesiology background with his graduate courses in leadership.

Rede, along with Johnson, especially enjoy the gateway course into the MAL program, Foundations of Athletic Leadership.

The course is taught by Jeremiah Shinn, the director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and assistant vice president for Student Life. Shinn has a Ph.D in educational leadership from Eastern University.

“If (my future courses) are anything like the classes I took this past summer with Shinn and Dr. John McClellan then they will all be very rewarding,” Rede said.

The MAL program follows a cohort model. All 14 members currently in the program began the program this past summer. They took the majority of their academic coursework to allow them to have professional experience during the school year.

“(The MAL program) was immediately appealing due to the unique schedule structure,” Taylor Anguiano  a graduate of Chapman University who got a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training said. “I struggled to find fall classes that wouldn’t conflict with my volleyball travel schedule.”

Johnson feels the interdisciplinary apect of the program makes it even more appealing to students.

Only four faculty members in the kinesiology department work with the MAL program. Instead, the program is made of faculty across campus.

“We planned the overall program and designed our courses with consultation from one another,” Johnson said. “That’s a really unique feature of this program. Rarely do you have faculty that meet together that often and talk about how their courses can be integrated and mesh together.”

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Matt Miller is now Boise State's all-time reception leader

Move over, Austin Pettis; there is a new sheriff in town.

Boise State senior wide receiver Matt Miller became the all-time leader in receptions, eclipsing  Pettis’s record of  229 receptions in Boise State’s home win against Colorado State Saturday night.

“You don’t expect to do something like this, especially break a record of a close friend,” Miller said. “It’s kind of special in that aspect.”

While Miller didn’t show too much emotion after etching his name in the history books, his teammates were quick to show their excitement.

“Matt is one of the greatest players I have ever seen play the game of football,” junior running back Jay Ajayi said.  “He comes in every day ready to work and for him to get that record tonight. I felt almost as happy as he was.”

Miller finished the game with eight catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.

“I am very happy for Matt Miller,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “Anytime you break a record and break the record of  a player like Austin Pettis, that’s very significant and I am very proud of him.”

Miller will soon become  the all-time leader in receiving yards as well. He only needs 241 more receiving yards to break Titus Young’s record.

Records, though, are the   last thing on Miller’s mind. His only focus right now is on the team.

“Nothing has changed for me,” Miller said. “I am just glad that we were able to get out of here with a win tonight.”

Miller has started all four years and has become one of the most prolific playmakers in Boise State history as a result.

His humility and dedication to the team though have always stood out more then any numbers ever have.

“Matt is an awesome guy,” senior nickel Cory Bell said. “What makes him so special is he won’t say anything about it and that’s why we all look up to him.”

Miller will be vital for the Broncos’ success this season, as he could have one of the best seasons in school history.

“He is one of the smartest guys that I have been around when it comes to the game of football,” Harsin said. “Matt is always working on new things and will continue to get better.”

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Boise State running back Jay Ajayi scores a touchdown in a 37-24 win over Colorado State at Albertsons Stadium on Sept. 6.

If Boise State (1-1, 1-0) still felt any ill affects after a 35-13 loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta, they didn’t show it in a 37-24 win over Colorado State (1-1, 0-1) Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium.

Jay Ajayi complied 280 yards of total offense and Grant Hedrick had two touchdowns in leading Bryan Harsin to his first win as the head coach at his alma mater.

“It’s cool, it really is,” Harsin said. “To be honest with you, it’s a little more emotional before the game. Just being back on the blue. That’s a special place.”

The win ties Boise State with Wyoming for the lead in the Mountain division of the MW.

Ajayi started off the scoring for the Broncos with an eight-yard run to the right side. The Rams were able to block the PAT, but Boise State never looked back, riding a 30-10 run until halftime.

The Broncos were able to hold Colorado State to 28 rushing yards on 23 attempts; only one week after the Rams ran wild for 266 yards over in-state rival Colorado.

“I think a lot of guys just bought into having to stop the run game,” nickel Corey Bell said. “That’s really what we wanted to focus our defense on. We still need to work on the pass game a lot more.”

Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain applauded the Broncos for being able to come up with stops against the Rams.

“We had some busts,” McElwain said. “But at the same time some of those busts were because Boise State is a good football team.”

Boise State saw vast improvements in nearly every faucet of their game, but more so in the improvement in quarterback Grant Hedrick.

Hedrick responded to his four interception performance against Ole Miss by completing 66 percent of his passes and throwing for 352 yards.

“I saw Grant go out there and make plays,” Harsin said. “Decisions down the field were good.”

A major part to Hedrick’s improvements were wide receiver Matt Miller, who now holds the school records for receptions in a career at 130 after his 151 yard performance on eight receptions.

The Broncos now turn their focus to a cross country trip to Connecticut.

The Huskies are 1-1 after edging out a 19-16 over Stony Brook.

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Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
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Tyler Horn (69) will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Boise State’s Tyler Horn, senior defensive tackle, will miss the remainder of the season with an unspecified knee injury the Boise State athletic department announced today.

Horn injured his knee in the third quarter of Boise State’s 35-13 loss to Ole Miss last Thursday. Horn did not return in that game.

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin did not have an update on Horn’s status during his weekly press conference on Monday, but was optimistic the senior would return at some point in the season.

Horn tallied 44 tackles and one sack last season.

Horn will redshirt this season, and will have one season of eligibility remaining, if he chooses to use it, for the 2015 season.

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Boise State will debut the Bronco Walk on Saturday. The players and coaching staff will walk down University Dr. to the Bleymeier Football Center.

Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee: these are all storied programs with the tradition of enticing fans with a pregame walk to the stadium.

 Now Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin hopes to add the Broncos to the list with his own Bronco Walk, set to debut this Saturday against Colorado State.

 “We want to make it fun,” Harsin said. “We also want to make it where our players and our fans interact before the game. That helps our players out.”

At 5:40 p.m., roughly two and a half hours before Boise State kicks off against the Rams, the players and coaching staff will take the 15 minute walk down University Dr. and around the east side of Albertsons Stadium.

Once the team arrives at the Bleymeier Football Center, eight to ten fans will be brought inside with the team for a brief tour and a viewing of this years’ hype video. The fans will be randomly selected.

Harsin hopes to have as many fans as possible in front of the Bleymeier Center, where the ASBSU student tailgate has been relocated for this year.

 ASBSU president Bryan Vlok hopes the Bronco Walk will help ASBSU’s and The Corral’s “Come Early, Be Loud, Stay Late” campaign.

 “We’re hoping to draw more students to the game,” Vlok told The Arbiter. “I think that it’s an awesome opportunity for the students to have some sort of interaction with the players and the coaches.”

 With the recent decrease in ticket sales and student involvement at football games, Harsin hopes increased interaction with the fans can begin to turn things back around.

 “We expect to have a packed house against Colorado State and for it to be loud and be difficult,” Harsin said. “Our guys are excited about that. They’re excited to be home and playing on The Blue.”

 Boise State enters the game at risk of starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2005. The Broncos will hope to get a head start in the MW race and give Harsin his first win as the Boise State head coach.

Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m.

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Coming off of a frustrating loss to Ole Miss, Boise State head coach is ready to direct his team towards Colorado State.

Boise State’s 35-13 loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta is nothing but history.

Head coach Bryan Harsin refuses to let his team continute to dwell on their third  straight season opening loss.

“We had our opportunities,” Harsin said. “The game might have been different had we made the most of those opportunities but it wasn’t, bottom line.”

Despite what the score indicates the game was actually close through three quarters before the Broncos fell apart, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“The first three quarters went great and then the fourth quarter got away from us,” sophomore linebacker Tanner Vallejo said. “We really lost the game for us and if we could have held them, then we would have won that game.”

It wasn’t just the defense though as the offensive failed to move the ball effectively and only managed to score 13 points. The Broncos are accustomed to 30 plus points a game.

“We didn’t finish our drives,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said. “At the end of the day we are here to score points and we didn’t.”

Losses like this one tend to demoralize teams and the Broncos are hoping to buck that trend.

“Ultimately as a team we are not where we want to be,” Harsin said. “We want to be in that win category and we need to get better and get better in a hurry.”

The Broncos now move on to their conference opener against Colorado State who is coming off a win over Pac 12 opponent Colorado.

Colorado State is looking for their first ever win against Boise State.

“Overall you see a football team that has gotten better,” Harsin said. “We have a big challenge in front of us with these guys coming to our place to play.”

With their BCS bowl hopes seemingly dashed the Broncos will now turn their attention to their goal of winning the MW.

“This is really the start of our journey,” Vallejo said. “This is really where it starts and where it really matters.”

Adding even more pressure is the fact that this will be the home opener at the newly named Albertsons Stadium.

“Just being on the blue and hearing the roar of the crowd­­—it always brings something out of us,” Vallejo said. “We are just ready to open it up with a bang.”

The Broncos will look to put that loss in the back of their minds and get back to playing the type of football that fans have been accustomed to for over a decade now.

“We are going to come in with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder,” Sanford said. “We have something to prove because we know we can play better.”

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Boise State was able to cash in on their loss against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game.

The Boise State opener against Ole Miss didn’t exactly go the way the Broncos wanted, as they were stomped 35-13 by the Rebels. So, besides a loss, let’s look at what we can take away from this game.

1. The defense played well.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the game got out of hand, with the Rebels outscoring the Broncos 28-7. Until that point, though, the defense for the most part held the Ole Miss offense and 2nd team All-SEC quarterback Bo Wallace in check. Wallace had a pretty mediocre first half and threw three interceptions before really excelling in the fourth quarter with three touchdown passes.

2. The offensive line has some learning to do.
The Ole Miss defensive front line proved to be too much for the young, inexperienced Boise State offensive line to handle. The offensive line was unable to get any blocks and didn’t give quarterback Grant Hedrick any time in the pocket. Going forward, the offensive line must improve at protecting Hedrick and creating space for Ajayi to run the ball.

3. Grant Hedrick has to make better choices with the ball.
Hedrick made some poor choices with the ball, throwing four interceptions in the game as well as some errant throws. Hedrick must be more patient instead of forcing throws that are not there if the offense is going to be successful this season.

4. The offense runs through Ajayi.
Ajayi carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards, but perhaps even more impressive was his 12 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Ajayi will indeed be the focal point of the offense this year and could have his best season yet.

5. Don’t lose hope for the Broncos just yet.
With their most difficult game behind them, Boise State should play better the rest of the season. The Broncos have enough talent on both sides of the ball to be one of the favorites to win the Mountain West. They have a favorable schedule going forward, with their toughest games against Utah State, San Diego State, and BYU all taking place at home, a place where the Broncos rarely lose. Don’t push the panic button just yet.

 

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The Steuckle Sky Center was built in 2008 as a renovation to now Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons Stadium has undergone many changes since the current stadium was first built in the fall
of 1970.

 Originally built with the seating capacity of 14,500, the capacity of the stadium has more doubled. Today the total stadium capacity sits at  36,387, making it the sixth largest stadium in the MW.

 Over the past five years, Albertsons Stadium has seen several major changes such as the construction of the Stueckle Sky Center and the construction of seating in the north and south end zones.

 Built in 2008, the Stueckle Sky Center marked the first major renovations to the formerly Bronco Stadium since 1997 when the capacity was increased to 30,000.

The completion of the Sky Center raised the total capacity of the stadium to 32,000.

 The 131,000 square feet  Sky Center features club seating, sky boxes, as well as the press box for
football games.

 In 2009, temporary seating built in the north and south end zones added an additional 1,500 seats to the Stadium before permanent seating in those same locations were completed in the summer of 2012.

 That renovation increased the stadium capacity to what it currently remains at today.

In partnership with the Double R Ranch, Albertsons Stadium was able to make a major upgrade with a new 47 x 78 foot video board in the south end zone.

 Besides the capacity increases and the construction of the Bleymaier Football Center to the north of the stadium, perhaps the biggest change to Albertsons Stadium occurred this past summer.

For 43 years, Boise State football competed in their home games at what used to be Bronco Stadium. A deal between Boise State and Albertsons reached this May led to the renaming of the stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

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The Outdoor Program is located at the back of the student recreation center.

Kevin Martin found himself in a conundrum last spring.

Needing tents and sleeping bags for a camping trip to Arrowrock Reservoir in early May, the junior communication major was hoping to avoid having to pay several hundred dollars on equipment at Cabela’s or Amazon for only one night.

It was then that a friend directed Martin towards the Outdoor Program.

“(The Outdoor Program) definitely helped me out a lot,” Martin said. “It was pretty easy to check everything out. I only had to spend a little over $50.”

Situated in the back of the Campus Recreation Center, the OP offers cheap equipment rentals to students.

From tents to kayaks, students can find a wide variety of equipment to suit their needs; all they need to do is stop by the rental shop between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

While some equipment, such as tents and rafts, have more specific check-out procedures, the process for renting most equipment is fairly simple, according to Rodo Leone, assistant director of the OP.

“Some specific equipment has some more specific details, more checking the equipment back in,” Leone said. “We want to make sure everything you’re bringing in is in good condition.”

Leone said the rental shop has certain guidelines for checking the equipment for damages. If equipment is damaged to the point that it can no longer be used, students will have to pay the full price to replace it.

Martin agrees that the OP was fair in checking the equipment for damage.

“They weren’t really going out of their way to try and find damage and charge me for it,” Martin said.

There is no limit on the amount of time students can rent equipment, but Leone suggests they look into buying their own equipment if they plan on renting it for longer than 20 days.

“If you are planning to take a backpack for more than 20 days, you will realize it’s better to buy your own backpack than just keep renting one from here,” Leone said. “I think we are serving people who don’t have equipment and are just going for some weekend outings.”

For more information, students can visit rec.boisestate.edu/rental-shop/.

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Junior Sara Baugh spent her summer playing in Europe as part of the MWC All-Star team.

It’s hard to top a summer abroad, playing the sport that you love. For junior volleyball player Sarah Baugh, that’s exactly what she got.

“I had an absolute blast,” Baugh said. “It was an experience of a lifetime, that’s for sure.”

Baugh was selected by Boise State volleyball head coach Shawn Garus to be part of the first ever Mountain West All-Star team to take part in the European Global Challenge.

“I talked to the other coaches in the conference to see who was going and figure out who would be the best representative for Boise State,” Garus said. “I thought, what a great opportunity for Sarah.”

Baugh is not the first Bronco to participate in the event.     Junior Katelyn Kinghorn competed in the event last year and told Baugh it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“She told me all these stories of how much it was worth going,” Baugh said.

Baugh left for the team on July 8 and then spent the next 11 days overseas where she went to Italy, Slovenia and then finally Croatia.

“I just had a great time seeing things that I hadn’t seen before,” Baugh said. 

Before the tournament started, the team spent the first few days training and getting to know one another.

“All of us came from different volleyball backgrounds and had different coaching,” Baugh said. “I think it made us better because we had to work together to win and we did really well.”

The European Global Challenge, which is in its 10th year, is an annual volleyball tournament event that takes place in Pula, Croatia. 

From national teams to club teams, the event had teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Italy, Serbia, Austria, Romania and of course the United States.The Mountain West team took third place at the event, finishing only behind the U.S. junior national team and the Slovenia national team who won the event.

“We did really well and we exceeded expectations,” Baugh said. “I thought it was really fun getting to play the Slovenia national team because they were so good. It was satisfying to know that we were right up there with them.”

While the trip was mostly about volleyball, Baugh and the team did get to cut loose and have some fun.

“My favorite moment was when all of us girls went to karaoke night,” Baugh said. “Being with the girls and getting to see a different side of them was just so great.”

While Baugh did indeed have a lot of fun on the trip, more importantly she gained a lot of experience and will now bring that back to her team.

“She was able to get that competitive experience over the summer that kids just can’t get,” Garus said. “The things she learned over there—she will be able to take those things and make our program better.”

Boise State is planning on continuing to send a player to this event every year to continue to give their players the best opportunities.

“I would highly recommend it,” Baugh said. “It makes you and all around better player. It’s just an overall cool experience that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”

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Fans enter the Bleymaier Football Center. The Bleymaier Center has been monumental in recruiting for Boise State football.

Boise State football has developed a reputation for being both imaginative and innovative, while boasting the best winning percentage in the country over the past 10 years. Winning isn’t the only thing that attracts recruits however.

“A lot of schools are following the trend,” senior    cornerback Cleshawn Page said. “At the end of the day, things like uniforms and new facilities play a big part in recruiting.”

Shock and Awe

As visitors enter the Bleymaier Football Center, they’re greeted by five life-size mannequins sporting various uniform combinations from over the years. Trophy cases line the south window, displaying both 2007 and 2010’s Fiesta Bowl championship trophies; this is only the start of the facility’s visual tour of the program.

Every hallway and room is lined with inspirational messages reminding players and coaches of the hard work needed to make it to the NFL. As they go through meetings and watch films in media rooms, large graphics of former players who have made it to the NFL feed their inspiration.

“Seeing the people up there that have made it (to the NFL) motivates us,” Page said. “You want be the next guy up there.”

The Hype

Max Corbet, assistant athletic director,  feels this new facility is a large improvement from the old one. In the varsity center the rooms were small and the equipment inadequate.

“The locker rooms weren’t even air conditioned,” Corbet said.

He believes people are excited about Bleymaier Football Center, especially former football players and new recruits.

“We feel very positive about this new facility,” Corbet said. “It’s going to have a very positive effect on our recruiting.”

This is just another small step for the Boise State football program as it strives to continue its winning tradition.

“I’m pretty sure any recruit that comes and sees a facility like that is going to be impressed,” Page said.

Nothing but the Best

From the 12,000 square-foot weight room featuring a 30-yard blue sprint turf and 20 Hammer Strength lifting racks to a player lounge with video games, a ping pong table and six flat screen TVs, the multilevel facility has everything a student-athlete could ever ask for.

The best feature about the facility, and probably the most attractive to recruits is the locker room.

Each of the 115 lockers include a top shelf for pads, a drawer located underneath a padded seat for shoes and a steel nameplate featuring the name of a donor that sponsored that particular locker.

A large, illuminated Bronco logo hangs down from the ceiling which grabs visitors’ attention as they enter. In the center of the room sits the Hammer, honoring the player with the biggest hit or play on special teams for the previous game.

Next, is the 6,500 square-foot training room. It’s equipped with ultrasound machines, an anti-gravity G-force treadmill, three rehabilitation pools and many other equipment designed to help improve an athlete’s recovery.

For more informatio n visit the Bronco Sports home page.

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Kevin Keane (46) long snapping the ball against Tennessee-Martin. Keane earned a scholarship during fall camp.

Kevin Keane only wishes to remain unseen: he’s doing his job if nobody knows his name.

“It’s a good game if you’re not mentioned at all,” said Keane, the Boise State long snapper. “It’s a good season if you’re not mentioned at all. I sort of like to be the invisible guy.”

Being the invisible guy was not in the cards for Keane – Boise State took notice of the junior walk-on and offered him a scholarship at the tail end of fall camp.

During a team meeting, head coach Bryan Harsin told Keane he might want to join the seniors in their senior talks. The coaching staff was having trouble with Keane’s eligibility, stemming from a medical redshirt he received as a freshman. They were unsure if he would be able to return for another season.

With his frustrations visible, Keane took his seat with the seniors. It was then that Harsin revealed the eligibility issues were just a ruse to fool Keane.

“He said he had two things for me,” Keane said. “The first thing was that it was false. The second thing was I was on scholarship. I sort of just broke down.”

Keane originally transferred to Boise State after starting three games at Division III school Ohio-Wesleyan. He never thought he would one day earn a scholarship.

“It’s nice to be rewarded and recognized for what I’ve been doing,” Keane said. “It was exciting and a special feeling.”

Despite having a scholarship in hand, Keane doesn’t plan on working any less hard.

“Every day at practice, we go out and we try and find something to tweak,” Keane said. “Every day you’re looking for something to work on.”

With all three specialists returning, many expect Boise State’s special teams to be one of the best in the nation.