After a week back on The Blue™ our beloved Broncos are heading back to the East Coast, this time for a match-up against the Huskies of Connecticut. Both teams are heading into this contest with records of 1-1, and both are coming off of a win at home, however these two teams had completely different performances in their wins last week.
You’re losing to a bed and breakfast, UConn. pic.twitter.com/9HpmPS7Nn6
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 6, 2014
The Huskies ended up pulling out a win against Stony Brook B&B, but it was not pretty. The Seawolves (?) out-gained the Huskies 300 yards to 223, with 54 more yards passing, and 23 more yards on the ground. Uconn also turned the ball over twice while the Seawolves (?) had zero. Stony Brook held the advantage in time of possession, and if it were not for the disparity in penalty yards (SB B&B 108, Uconn 25) the Seawolves (?) may have pulled this out as they clearly dominated the box score. The Huskies also lost starting quarterback Casey Cochran, who is retiring from football due to concussions. Senior Chandler Whitmer will start for Uconn on Saturday.
If a mullet like this can’t protect you from concussions no helmet ever will.
The biggest threat for Connecticut is wide receiver Geremy Davis, a 6-2 216 LB Senior. Davis put up 96 yards against BYU and 113 yards and a TD against Stony Brook last week, and is averaging 18.8 yards per catch. This seems like it could be a problem for Boise State’s banged up secondary, but in order for Davis to get the ball Whitmer is going to have to get it out of his hands before Mat Boesen and his hair destroys him in the backfield.
Boise State’s game went a little differently. Although the final score was a respectable 37-24, this game was a blow out. CSU was never in this game, and if it were not for the refs making us play four quarters the score would have reflected this. Jay Ajayi put up video game like numbers with 280 yards and 3 TD’s total offense, while Grant Hedrick made me wish I could have started him in my fantasy league instead of RGIII, throwing for 352 yards and 2 TD’s while running for 80 yards and a TD. Our D was also dominant (for three quarters) with another outstanding performance from our front seven, and our young offensive line was tossing Ram defenders around like glitches in Madden 15.
The biggest concern for our team heading into East Hartford is our secondary. Donte Deayon did not play against CSU (although he certainly tried – changing into his uniform from his street clothes in the 4th quarter) but should be back in action against the Huskies. Unfortunately Cleshawn Page will not play after leaving the CSU game with an injury, and the team had already lost Mercy Maston to a stress fracture. Bryan Douglas also left the CSU game with concussion symptoms but is expected to be ready for UConn. The depth has gotten so bad that the Broncos are taking walk-on, true freshman corner Eric Yates to the game. Yates, who shares the same last name and refrigerator with Defensive Coordinator Marcel Yates, did not even play high school football last year. The good news is I also did not play high school football my senior year, and I am pretty sure I could fill in nicely in this game at corner. Our defensive line and linebackers have played so well that we may even be able to play without a secondary, as Whitmer will only have about .02 of a second to get the ball off.
Husky fans sending @Keleka24 angry tweets after reading the last paragraph.
So what will Boise State have to do to pull out the W on Saturday? Showing up should do it. A lot of people are concerned about the early start time, but being that Jay Ajayi eats defenses for breakfast we should expect a feast of epic proportions, and the game will be out of hand by brunch. This will give our team a chance to work out some of the kinks of the past two weeks, and we may even get to see some backups get some playing time. Lets just hope they remember to play the 4th quarter this week.
Go ahead and scoot on home, Huskies. This one will be over before the 4th quarter starts.