Boise State will travel to Logan, Utah this Saturday, Oct. 28 to take on the Utah State Aggies. The last time the Broncos traveled to Utah State, they were defeated 52-26. In that game, Boise State turned the ball over eight times, in one of the worst losses in Boise State football’s recent history.
Boise State currently sits in second place out of the six Mountain division teams of the Mountain West Conference, while Utah State is in fourth. This will be a key game for Boise State as they attempt to win the conference championship.
Boise State is 16-5 all-time against Utah State, including a victory on the blue last year when Boise State won the game 21-10.
“They are a great mountain west opponent,” said junior defensive end Durrant Miles. “They’re somebody that is on our side of the division and something that we as a team have a goal of, to go win that MWC championship. Utah State, they’re great, they have a really explosive offense, their defense is great as well.”
Utah State is 27th in the nation in most plays ran per game at 77.9 plays per game. Boise State’s defense, who has been exceptional as of late, will be tested on Saturday night. Boise State has yet to beat a team that averages more than 70 plays a game.
“Offense is really fast tempo, Utah State is really fast tempo,” said sophomore defensive tackle Chase Hatada.
The offense will also have to be effective in order for Boise State to have success. They will have to rely on their recent success running the ball to extend drives in order to give their defense time to rest.
In the last three games, sophomore running back Alexander Mattison has rushed 69 times for a total of 337 yards.
“We have to be able to execute on offense. We have to be able to face adversity,” said redshirt junior wide receiver A.J. Richardson.
Utah State, like Boise State, has also used two quarterbacks: senior Kent Myers and freshman Jordan Love. They have combined for over 1900 yards on the season and 11 touchdowns. The Aggies have combined for 1217 rushing yards on 321 carries for 14 touchdowns.
This will be a tough test for Boise State in an environment that is notorious for being extremely hostile to away teams.
The game starts at 8 p.m. and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.