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.”