Boise State to take on New Mexico for final regular-season home game

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After narrowly defeating the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, Nov. 9  with a score of 20-17, Boise State (8-1, 5-0) looks to add another win to their column this weekend against the New Mexico Lobos (2-7, 0-5). New Mexico is coming off of a tough 10-21 loss to Nevada and looks to derail the Broncos’ winning form.

The Broncos will  take on an offense that is putting up roughly 23 points per game. This should not be a problem for the Broncos’ defense that has been stellar all season, only allowing 1053 rushing yards, led by redshirt junior STUD Curtis Weaver.

Preparation is key for the Broncos during practice this week; they will have to focus on fewer turnovers and penalties. The Broncos are a team that learns from their mistakes and consistently stays positive throughout the whole game.

“One thing about this team is when things aren’t going our way, we stay positive and we keep our head up,” said junior linebacker Riley Whimpey. “We know that anything can happen and we have a one-play mentality. This team has amazing mentality and we have belief in one another.” 

The Broncos intend to keep up that positive spirit heading into the last home game of the season.

The Broncos struggled all night against the Cowboys, garnering four penalties and giving up 40 yards and two turnovers to Wyoming’s zero. The Broncos will have to make adjustments coming into the next game on both defensive and offensive sides of the ball. 

New Mexico’s secondary will prove tricky for the Broncos. The Lobos are led defensively by cornerback Letayveon Beaton, who looks to have a big game against the Broncos and to create turnover chances.

“Normally, when you don’t win the turnover battle, you don’t win the game,” said head coach Bryan Harsin in a postgame interview. “That wasn’t how this game was tonight. Tonight was about our team finding a way and coming together.”

Quarterback Chase Cord threw for 190 yards and completed 19 of 30 passes on Saturday, and is projected to keep his form against New Mexico. The Lobos secondary should prove easy for Cord, who is in great form.

“Chase has been working ever since the offseason,” said sophomore wide receiver Khalil Shakir. “Tonight, he went out and showed that all the work in the offseason paid off.”

New Mexico’s passing offense is something that should not worry the Broncos’ defense on Saturday night. The Lobos’ quarterback Tevaka Tuioti has found the endzone just seven times and completed 85 passes. The offensive line will be troubled all night with the Broncos defensive line, who will be looking to get into the backfield and make it a difficult night for the Lobos.

New Mexico’s run game should not be anything the Broncos cannot handle. Running back Ahmari Davis, who has had a decent season with 823 yards on 138 carries, will be the focus of the Broncos’ defense. New Mexico runs a triple-offense game plan and likely plans to attack the Broncos with full force.

The Broncos struggled to stop Wyoming’s run game, allowing two rushing touchdowns and 124 yards, and will have to make adjustments to deal with that of the Lobos. 

The Broncos will face the New Mexico Lobos at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:15 p.m MST. The game, which is Boise State’s last regular-season home game, can be viewed on ESPN2.

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