Leading up to the big game: Boise vs Utah

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The Boise State Broncos are set to take on the Utah State Aggies at home on Saturday, Nov. 24. Utah State (9-1 overall, 6-0 Mountain West)  is currently ranked as the No.1 scoring offense in the nation; the game on Nov. 24 will determine if Boise State or Utah State will be heading into the Mountain West Championship game on Dec. 1.

On Friday, Nov. 17, Boise State gained a victory after defeating the New Mexico Lobos 45-14. During the game, Boise State’s defense was able to keep New Mexico off of the scoreboard for a majority of the game. It was quite evident from the start that the Lobos were overmatched when they played against the Broncos by scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Boise State players definitely showed their strengths on Friday.

“Tonight was all about New Mexico. I think we all understand we’re finishing the season at home,” said head coach Bryan Harsin. “To me, it was all about what are we going to do this week … a lot of it was about just being focused.”

During a press conference held on Monday, Nov. 19 after their game against New Mexico Boise State’s offensive coach Zak Hill spoke on behalf of the Boise State football team about what they are expecting from their upcoming game against Utah State.

“There defense is really good and they are fast, they are winning a lot of games because of their defense,” Hill said. “Obviously their offense scores a lot of points; this is going to be an all team effort. They run well, they pass well; it’s going to be a great match up.”

Utah State is currently on a ten-win streak, and currently ranked No.14 after defeating the Colorado State Rams on Saturday Nov. 18 (29-24).

“Everybody looked at each other and had that one little shock moment, but then got excited because it’s time to move on,” said Utah State senior wide receiver Aaren Vaughns. “We were just excited that we got the W.”

During the game, Utah State had two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Utah State has been very consistent in their games this season until their game against the Rams, which is considered the closest game they’ve played that’s come close to losing. They were also close to losing when they played Air Force in the fourth quarter, the Aggies had to make two big stops and score one last time to grasp onto another win.

“The Colorado State game was a tight win for the Aggies,” said Colorado State University head coach Matt Wells.

Apart from their close few games, Utah State showed us their true abilities when they defeated the San Jose State Spartans 62-24 on Nov. 10. During the game, the Aggies totaled 804 yards and 33 first downs as they grasped yet another victory in their books. They also broke a school record for total yardage and became the 17th team in history to gain 800 yards in one game.

Boise and Utah will go head to head on Saturday, Nov. 24 to see who will be attending to the Mountain West Championship on Dec. 1. The game will be held at Albertsons Stadium at 8:15 p.m.

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