In an absolute shocker, a Boise State team that was decimated by injuries went into Provo and defeated the #10 BYU Cougars 26-17. The Broncos were without seven starters and lost three more during the game. This could be a defining win for Andy Avalos and his staff. Let’s take a look at how each unit performed and their contribution to Boise State’s victory.
Offensive Grade: B
The offense wasn’t electric, but they did their job. The offensive line picked a great game to have their best performance of the year. The Broncos were able to develop a consistent run game, even without George Holani. Backup Cyrus Habibi-Likio was injured the second half.
The Cougar defense focused on containing the Bronco passing attack and kept star wide receiver Khalil Shakir in check for much of the game. But a phenomenal catch in the fourth quarter resulted in a game-sealing field goal. This unit still has plenty of room for growth, but if the offensive line can build on this performance, this team will be difficult to beat.
Defensive Grade: A
It looked like it was going to be a long night after the defense surrendered a quick ten points and nearly 150 yards in the first quarter. But as the rain started to fall in Provo, the course of the game also changed. The Bronco defense clamped down and had a phenomenal performance, especially in the red zone. Three forced turnovers proved to be the difference in the game.
Boise State was without both starting cornerbacks and lost their leading tackler, JL Skinner, late in the first half on a targeting call. The Broncos also lost backup cornerback Damon Cole in the first quarter. Boise State had every excuse to lose this game, but they came through with the kind of performance that has defined Bronco football for the past 25 years.
Special Teams Grade: A+
This will fall under the radar, but the Broncos played a flawless game on special teams. Jonah Dalmas was 4/4 on field goals and Joel Velazquez was great on punts. Boise State’s tackling on special teams was excellent and a forced fumble on special teams was critical to the victory.
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