Boise State Broncos on path to perfection

October, 26, 2010
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Boise State continues its run through its WAC schedule, hosting Louisiana Tech on the blue turf in Bronco Stadium at 8 ET on ESPN2. The Broncos have won each of the last eight meetings by an average score of 43-20, but last year posted just a 10-point victory, 45-35.

In that game, Boise State saw its 20-point halftime lead cut down to a 30-28 advantage early in the fourth quarter, before the Broncos added two late scores to seal the win. The Bulldogs were one of just three teams pull within at least two points of Boise State in the fourth quarter during its undefeated season.

This year, the Boise State offense has been built around efficiency, putting up points on 59 percent of its drives while reaching the end zone 47 percent of the time. Its success in sustaining drives has been key to maintaining this scoring efficiency. The offense has gone three-and-out just 2.6 percent of the time – helped by its 7.9 yards per play average on first down – and has gained positive yardage on 77.5 percent of its plays this season.

The Broncos also bring the nation’s top-ranked total defense into this matchup, allowing just 210 yards per game, and the second-best scoring defense, giving up only 12.3 points per game. Its aggressive at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield has been an integral part of its dominance on the defensive side of the ball. The team is averaging 8.5 tackles for loss, the fourth-highest mark in the nation, and 44.3 percent of its opponents’ plays have resulted in zero or minus yardage, which ranks second-best in FBS.

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