The only idea I can think of, is that Coach Pete purposefully had the Broncos unfocused and non-physical against Div. 1AA foe U.C. Davis so that the Broncos could regain their mojo against a very dangerous Tulsa Hurricane squad. How else do you explain the let down at Bronco Stadium? The result was okay, a meager 18 point win will suffice but the bragging rights of BSU being ranked in the Top 5 nationally is in serious jeopardy. I will take the 18 point win any day of the week, especially with the Houston Cougars reeling in defeat to a non-plus UTEP program. Hopefully the east coast media will just see the final score rather than actually watching this debacle that was actually closer than what the final score represented.
Last year, Tulsa ran the ball a ton and still managed to get 75+ plays on offense per game. Their offensive architect, Gus Malzahn, has moved on to resurrect the Auburn program but the Tulsa offense is still lead by competent Herb Hand. While the QB talent for Tulsa has receded, the high speed no huddle offense can be dangerous. This is the game that scares me the most for rest of the year. An away game in Tulsa, on a Wednesday, on Espn! Danger Will Robinson! Tulsa is scarier that the Nevada squad that put up 700+ yards of offense. Tulsa is scarier than the resurrected Vandals- nice win at home over MWC foe Colorado State.
That being said, Chris Peterson's team has always come up prepared and ready for the challenged ( outside of the last 4 out of 5 bowl games). I am sure Coach Pete's grand plan to regain the full attention of the Broncs players has been accomplished. Now it is time for this master plan to come to fruition.
* Last night as I left the stadium, I was expecting to blog how embarrassing I thought the lack of push by the offensive line ( in the red zone) and the lack of blitzing/pressure by the defense. I then saw Houston getting curbstomped by UTEP and I thought life could be much worse.
** Where was the QB sneak from the one yard line in the first quarter? Was the worry of Kellen Moore taking a hit to the head potentially enough to call for two running plays- that both got stuffed by an undersized defensive line? The go to play on the goal line is now the fade to Pettis? That performance last night gave all the pundits/critics more ammo when it comes to lil Ol' Boise State is overrated and play in a weak conference. That being said, I will take the 18 point victory as the Cougars from Houston see their BCS hopes dashed. Now I hope that TCU finds a way to lose in Provo against those Cougs!
*** IDSTATESMAN has a ton of pics from the game last night right here
I will leave you with this....never doubt Coach Pete...and stay classy!!!!