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Spartans Dominate the Broncos, Mercifully Ending Difficult 2020 Season

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San Jose State wins the Mountain West Championship after battering the Broncos

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Boise State at San Jose State Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The tumultuous 2020 season has ended for Boise. The Mountain West Championship game was a crowning moment for the San Jose State Spartans and a crushing defeat for the Boise State Broncos. After a year filled with adversity for both programs, Saturday’s championship game capped off an unlikely fairytale season for the upstart Spartans and ended a ghoulish nightmare of a season for the favored Broncos.

San Jose State heads to Arizona with hopes of an undefeated season. Boise State decided to forego a bowl game snapping a streak of 18 consecutive bowl appearances. Mercifully, the 2020 season is over for the Broncos. With one last look at the Mountain West Championship game we can all rest up for a comeback season in 2021 for the Broncos.

Scoring Summary:

First Quarter:

After forcing a quick three-and-out to open the game, Boise State missed a 46-yard field goal on their opening possession. San Jose State responded with a quick strike to Tre Walker resulting in a 55-yard touchdown. The two teams traded field goals to close out an uninspiring first quarter with a 10 – 3 Spartans lead.

Second Quarter:

The second quarter was more of the same. Punts and field goals, punts and field goals. When the dust settled the championship hopefuls had attempted six combined field goals in the half. San Jose State had a 19 – 6 lead that looked all but insurmountable.

Third Quarter:

After two Boise State punts and the Spartans turning the ball over on downs, the Broncos forced another punt. This time special teamer extraordinaire Avery Williams returned the ball 69 yards for the Broncos first touch down of the game. The Broncos were in the game for the first time after cutting the lead cut six points.

It was short lived. San Jose State showed poise, responding with a nine play 75-yard touchdown drive to increase the lead back up to 13 points.

Fourth Quarter:

On Boise State’s first drive of the fourth quarter they showed the toughness and fight of a champion, scoring a touchdown on a 2-yard run from Hank Bachmeier. Unfortunately for the Broncos, San Jose States defense proved magical. Boise State received the ball three more times after cutting the lead to six points for the second time, they were only able to muster a combine 29 yards. Meanwhile, San Jose State plunged a dagger into the heart of the defending champions. A 1-yard pass from Nick Starkel to Derrick Deese was more than enough to dethrone Boise State.

San Jose dominated the game from start to finish. Boise State showed their toughness and perseverance, but on that particular day and in that particular game, the Spartans were too much for the Broncos to handle.

Grades:

Offense: F

The Boise State offense was dominated in a way that rarely to never happens. The Broncos were held to just 224 total yards with just three (THREE!) rushing yards. They converted third downs into first down on just 20% of their attempts and averaged 0.1 yards per rush.

They were completely dominated. Outside of Khalil Shakir’s six catches for 85-yard performance, it’s hard to highlight a single player on the offensive side of the ball. They were only able to score one touchdown in the game. Overall, even as a generous grader, the offense gets an F.

Defense: D

The Bronco defense was better than the offense but didn’t play even close to the standard of Boise State. They allowed 498 total yards and 34 points. Once again, the defense was unable to force a turnover. The bright spot for the defense was the rush defense. Boise State allowed just 45 rushing yards on 1.8 yards per attempt.

Boise State was also victim to the usual poor Mountain West conference officiating receiving several questionable pass interference penalties. Overall, the defense couldn’t keep up with the Spartans passing game.

Special Teams: A

The lone bright spot for the Broncos was their special teams play. Avery Williams returned a punt for a touchdown, Jonah Dalmas was 2/3 on field goals, including two 50-yard+ kicks. Velazquez averaged 46.3 yards on six punts.

Up Next:

The Broncos opted out of the post season, so this is it for the 2020 season. The last chapter was terrible, but considering we weren’t even promised a season, we should be grateful for the time we were able to spend with our favorite football program. See you again in 2021 for a sure to entertaining redemption season.