Boise State Gets A 24-13 Win Over Troy
Points were expected but what was on showcase was inconsistent offenses, turnovers and some good defense.
A win is a win.
This matchup between Boise State and Troy was pegged as one of the best games of the day as it featured two very good Group of Five teams that would be in the running for a conference title.
Instead we saw a game where Boise State won despite their offense as they needed a special teams touchdown, a fortunate bounce of the ball that went from a touchdown to a touch back and some solid defense to get the 24-13 victory.
Thinks started off great for the Broncos as they forced Troy to punt on their first possession and then Boise State’s Avery Williams returned the punt 81 yards for a score.
On the day Avery had 172 yards from punt and kick returns and this changes the narrative from last year which saw the Broncos have one of the worst starting field positions in all of college football.
What stood out most in this game was that Boise State went with former Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart getting a lot more reps than expected. Head coach Bryan Harsin said the grad transfer would play but he ended up completing 6 of 9 passes for 50 yards and a late touchdown to seal the win, and he ran the ball eight times for 36. At times he looked better than starter Brett Rypien.
Rypien did find a lot of success on underneath and crossing throws but down field passing on Saturday afternoon was not there. He ended the day completing 13 of 23 passes for 160 yards and his one interception cane directly after Cozart was under center for a lengthy drive.
Overall, the offense look bad except a few plays. Running back Alexander Mattison had a 49 yard touchdown and on the day had 82 yards. Ryan Wolpin was expected to challenge Mattison as the starting running back but he was only able to move the ball 2.7 yards per carry on 17 attempts.
The defense is what shined for the day, because Troy’s offense was expected to be very good and the game overall had a shoot out feel leading up to it.
Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers had an off day just barely cracking the 50 percent mark by converting on 17 of 33 passes for just 139 yards and an interception.
Even with those numbers Troy was in the game until the end against the Broncos. The game defining play was when Silvers was nearly picked off by Boise State in what would have likely been a 90-yard pick six but Deondre Douglas who caught the ball and went for the end zone fumbled the ball and after review it was a touch back for the Broncos.
The score prior to that turnover was 17-10 for Boise State. The Broncos did not score on the next drive but Troy’s offense never got back on track. They got a field goal but then fumbled and had an interception on their final two possessions.
What we learned for Boise State
- The Broncos may have surpassed San Diego State as the best special teams unit in the conference. Avery Williams is on track to be special teams player of the year. This difference is huge as last year field position was not kind to the Broncos.
- Umm… there might be a quarterback controversy brewing in Boise. Brett Rypien did not look great in this game and he looked real bad when he did return to the game after Montell Cozart had a length drive by throwing an interception. Rypien looked nothing like a player who has over 20 career starts and considered one of the best quarterbacks in the conference.
- The Boise State defense is legit. They held Troy to only 13 points and forced three turnovers in the win. The Broncos held the Trojans to just 4 of 13 on third downs and allowed only 2.6 yards per rush.