Boise State overcame a slow start, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Wyoming 24-14. Boise State was trailing 14-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but two touchdowns by redshirt senior quarterback Montell Cozart led the Broncos to victory.
Boise State’s defense came up big in the game, and was able to keep Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen in check. Allen has been projected by some to be a top 10 draft pick in next year’s NFL draft.
After winning this game, Boise State is now on a three game win streak with wins over BYU, San Diego State and now Wyoming.
“It was good. We have to keep the momentum rolling,” said redshirt junior linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. “I thought it was a great win for us, finishing in the fourth quarter again. (The) defense came up big.”
The defense was able to hold Allen’s completion percentage to under 50 percent, and forced two interceptions.
“I think just containing (Allen) pretty good, just setting the box making sure if he’s going to run, he’s going to run up the middle,” Vander Esch said. “We knew they were going to run the ball with him too, quarterback punches and everything.”
Head coach Bryan Harsin was also impressed with how his team was able to compete against Allen.
“(Allen) is a tremendous competitor. He’s a very gifted athlete,” Harsin said. “He’s one of the best football players that we’ve played against. We didn’t believe we were going to shut him down, (but) we knew we could slow him down.”
The offense also looked impressive for the Broncos. The two Boise State quarterbacks—Cozart and junior Brett Rypien—combined for 177 yards and a touchdown. Boise State also had 165 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.
“We’re not going to lay down. We’re not going to give up,” said sophomore running back Alexander Mattison. “We have been preaching finish, finish, finish. That’s what we did today. We know that going forward, it’s going to be all about how we finish in that fourth quarter.”
Boise State’s offense got the ball to start the second half, and were able to string together an 18 play drive, which chewed up nine and a half minutes of the game clock.
“It’s fun. It’s awesome seeing our offense put drives together like that,” Vander Esch said. “The one drive was 10 minutes. That’s insane. Watching them do that-that’s football.”
This victory is the first game on the blue since Boise State lost to Virginia 42-23.
“We don’t lose on the blue, so it does hurt when we had to go through that. We have to protect the blue,” Mattison said.
According to sophomore cornerback DeAndre Pierce, the focus in these last few plays has been on each player taking care of his responsibilities.
“Coming into these past three games, everyone just focused on doing their ‘one-eleventh’ as we say,” said Pierce.
Boise State will be back in action next Saturday when they take on the Utah State Aggies in Logan, Utah. The game will kick off at 8 p.m., and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.