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Broncos look to improve on the road: New Mexico preview

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For the second in three games, Boise State failed to score an offensive

Unlike the Michigan State game, this game resulted in a 7-6 victory over BYU last Thursday night.

While Joe Southwick had a relatively unimpressive performance by going 15 for 25 for 145 passing yards, running back D.J. Harper had a quiet 112 yards on 31 carries.

The Broncos found little offensive production as a whole though, and the defense once again showed up to carry the team by producing the Broncos only touchdown and holding BYU to 200 yards of total offense and forcing 5 turnovers in the process.

The Broncos (2-1) now head to Albuquerque this Saturday for a matchup with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Lobos (2-2) in the first of a two-game road trip and the opening of their Mountain West Conference schedule.

The Broncos’ offense seems to be headed back to the drawing board after failing to score an offensive touchdown against BYU on Thursday night. “We need to get back to our core run game and pass game,” said senior tight end Chandler Koch. “We’ve been trying to get a little too cute with stuff rather than just lining up and playing football.”

“We’ve got to tighten things up,” Coach Chris Petersen said. “Make better throws, not get penalties, make a tougher catch when we should and maybe things start to change.”

New Mexico is coming off a 24-17 win over rivals New Mexico State in a win that snapped a 24-game road losing streak for
the Lobos.

UNM provides an offensive scheme the Broncos have not seen this year in the triple option. New Mexico ranks 21st in the country in rushing yards with 234.8 YPG and presents a game plan somewhat comparable to Air Force, who the Broncos defeated 37-26 last

“They hold the ball from you, you don’t get a lot of possessions,” Petersen said. “You have to make your possessions count, you have to be efficient.”

The Broncos defense currently ranks 10th in the nation in points allowed per game with just 11.7 PPG allowed. New Mexico’s triple option will serve to be a challenge for the defensive front on Saturday however.

“They do a lot of misdirection and it can get a little annoying at times,” said Sophomore linebacker Blake Renaud, “but we’ll be able to get used to it.”

As the Broncos look to be past their toughest test until Nevada the final week of the season, questions and doubts still remain about the offensive efficiency.

“It’s not any one thing,” Petersen said. “Just execution. The biggest problem is they are trying too hard, they want to win too bad. We have to be able to handle a little adversity, keep battling, and eventually things will come around.”

The Broncos will look to move to 3-1 and pick up their first conference win in Las Cruces at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game can be viewed on KTVB locally.

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