Boise seemed to take a universal sigh of sorrow during the final seconds of the Michigan State game last Friday. Envision the disappointment in the paint-covered faces of every Boise State Bronco fan and then some. Some fans blamed the offensive line, some the defensive line and some the quarterback. After winning every season-opener since the 2005-06 season to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Broncos had finally lost an opener. But, as all great teams do, they got back to work.
“It’s great, everyone is motivated just like they were before the first game,” redshirt junior offensive lineman Jake Broyles said about the locker room atmosphere. “You know, every week we treat it like it’s the first game of the season; we go out there and we got something to prove.”
Call it a step back from a highly touted program like Michigan State, the Broncos face the Miami of Ohio Redhawks this Saturday afternoon for the 2012 home opener. The Red Hawks are 1-1, currently 42nd in the nation in the aerial attack with 269.5 passing yards per game and 119th in the nation with an average of 54.5 rushing yards per game.
“They are a good opponent,” Broyles said. “We are gonna prepare like we always prepare and they are gonna prepare, and it’s gonna be a dog fight,”
It seems like the re-occurring theme with this team is to never settle, always out on the field playing their hearts out with something to prove.
In the last game, La’Veon Bell, Heisman candidate running back for the Spartans, had his way with the Bronco’s defensive line rushing for 210 yards with two touchdowns on 44 carries.
“We have been focusing on a lot of tackling drills, wrapping up…we needed to do a better job and I feel like we have improved a lot just from last week,” sophomore defensive end Tyler Horn said about the improvements on the defensive line.
Historically, over the past two years after a loss, the Broncos have come back the next game and out-scored opponents, 102-49 with two wins. In most cases, this would make a team feel pretty comfortable going into the next game. However the Broncos still remain humble.
“I don’t look at the past as necessarily the barometer of what’s going to happen in this game,” Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease said. “Miami of Ohio, they’re a good team, great opponent and we are looking forward to the challenge. I feel like I’m a competitor and whether we win or lose, we are gonna try to win the next game. It does give you a little salty taste.”
That salty taste has seemed to move it’s way throughout the whole team. It’s a motivator; it’s a taste the Broncos don’t want to go through again. This weekend, the Broncos look motivated to make a statement and rid themselves of the unpleasant opening taste.