New Mexico Will Look To Get Back On Track Against Boise State
Can Lamar Jordan bounce back against a very talented Boise State team?
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Does New Mexico Stand A Chance Against Boise State?
New Mexico travels to Boise State to take on the Broncos in their first conference game of the year. Both teams are coming off tough losses on Saturday night. The Lobos faced off against their in-state rival the New Mexico State Aggies, in a game that rose some questions following the defeat.
New Mexico found themselves early, but managed to crawl back from 25 down to make it a one score game.
The storm of offense was led by redshirt freshman, Tevaka Tuioti, which lead to some thinking there would be a quarterback controversy heading into week three. Despite benching quarterback Lamar Jordan in the third quarter, he will still lead the offense on Thursday night.
The Broncos are coming off a three-overtime loss to #20 Washington State on the road. This game seemed to be out of hand early for Washington State when they found themselves down to Boise 31-10 with just ten minutes left in the game. A 36-yard pick six by Peyton Pelluer with just under six minutes left in regulation put the Cougars within just one score of the Broncos.
Washington State would march down the field and score a late fourth quarter touchdown to tie the game. Each team would trade off touchdowns and field goals in the overtime periods, until a 22-yard catch and run from Tyler Hilinski completed the comeback after the Cougars held Boise State to just a field goal.
The main headline for the Broncos would be the injury sustained by star quarterback Brett Rypien. Rypien went down in the first quarter and was replaced by senior quarterback Montell Cozart. Cozart finished 12-20 for 161 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The status of Rypien will be a game time decision against New Mexico.
Rypien was listed atop the Broncos depth chart for this weeks game.
Despite the madness each team faced in week two, they must shrug off the emotion and fast forward on a short week of practice. The Lobos will go into this game as an underdog and will need to prepare for a solid offensive team.
Keys to victory:
1) The Lobos must prepare for the run pass option of Cozart. If Cozart is the starter for this game, the Lobos must be on high alert for his dual-threat capability.
2) New Mexico must get back to “who they are”. The Lobos did not look like themselves, especially when they passed on several different occasions from the goal line. Jordan should still sling the ball around against Boise, but the Lobos must establish a running game.
3) The winner of this game cannot turn the ball over. The Broncos turned the ball over four times against the Cougars. The Broncos managed to have three takeaways themselves on defense, with one fumble being returned for a 55-yard touchdown. The Lobos turned the ball over four times against NMSU; two interceptions and two fumbles. Playing much more discipline football will be a key for each team.
The Lobos will have a tough time trying to stop the versatile offense of the Broncos. The Lobos have faced two similar teams with Abilene Christian and New Mexico State. The Broncos will display a much more balanced offense with a vertical attack. This is something the Lobos have yet to see this season.
The Lobos defense has shown some signs of life in the first two games, but will need to produce much more if they plan on pulling off the upset on the road.
Prediction: Boise State 37, New Mexico 24