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Bronco Blitz: The Mountain West Championship

A strong second quarter propels the Broncos to another championship

NCAA Football: Mountain West Championship-Hawaii at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rainy, wet afternoon in Boise, Idaho. The Boise State season had been filled with trials and tribulations from game one. One thing was clear, this team had as much grit as any team in Bronco history. The Broncos used a great finish to the second quarter and a lights out third quarter to run away from the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, to secure their second Mountain West Championship in three season and their third under Bryan Harsin. Let’s take a look at my keys to the game and see how they played out for the Broncos.

Can the Broncos continue to overcome injuries?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Boise State has overcome injuries to two quarterbacks, a starting safety and his backup, their leading tackler and a plethora of injuries along the offensive line. When we look back at this season, the story of Jaylon Henderson will rightfully garner the most attention, but it was a team effort for the Broncos. Boise State has dominated the rest of the Mountain West in recruiting in recent years and it showed this season.

Will weather play a role?

It was fairly windy and rained for a good portion of the second half, but the weather did not impact the game. The better teams, with the better athletes won the game.

Which receivers will have a better day?

I’d give the edge to the Broncos here. Khalil Shakir and John Hightower were the best players on the field for the majority of the game. Their ability to catch the ball in space, spread the field, and their presence in the run game was too much for the Rainbow Warriors. A common theme in both matchups against Hawaii this season was the Broncos ability to slow down Cedric Byrd and Jojo Ward. I have a feeling that Shakir, Holani, and Bachmeier will receive plenty of recognition heading into the 2020 season.

Final Thoughts:

Boise State is likely Vegas bound, an unfortunate fate for a team that deserves better. Stay tuned tomorrow, as we will have our final bowl projections and keep you posted on where each team in the Mountain West is headed.