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Breaking down Boise State, BYU's week 9 opponent

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 2:09 p.m. MDT

After an insane 47-46 win over Houston last week, BYU has a short week to prepare to welcome Boise State to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday night.

While this won't be Boise State's strongest squad of the past 10 years, BYU is in for a fight against a team that it has never beaten as the Cougars are 0-3 against the Broncos. BYU fought hard against the Broncos last season in Boise, but fell 7-6 despite the defense not giving up an offensive point.

From Jay Ajayi to Demarcus Lawrence, here's everything you need to know about the Broncos.

Lafe Peavler is a sportswriter intern at the Deseret News.

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BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

BYU will have to play well to beat BSU.
I think that BSU's backup is perfect for BYU's weaknesses.
He can run and he sounds super accurate in short yardage. The corners may have to play up on the receivers.
I think this will be a very close game.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

BSU and Petersen have done what NO BYU team (LaVell or otherwise) have EVER done...go to and win 2 BCS Bowls. I wish BYU could play with half the heart and head of BSU...

We just talk like we're that good. BSU walks the walk.

bradleyc
Layton, UT

Funny you say that. If you weren't around in the late 70s and early 80s you must have missed it. BYU would walk on the field and dare teams to outscore them. BYU has been where BSU was a few years back. BYU needs to get that swagger back.

"eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT
BSU and Petersen have done what NO BYU team (LaVell or otherwise) have EVER done...go to and win 2 BCS Bowls. I wish BYU could play with half the heart and head of BSU...

We just talk like we're that good. BSU walks the walk."

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Boise owns the state of Utah. Sad, but true.

32843
PROVO, UT

I'm not entirely certain what point eastcoastcoug is trying to make other than attempt to put down BYU while trying to make his comments appear relevant to the article. No one will ever argue that Boise State hasn't got heart. BYU has demonstrated heart as well. If BYU's win over Houston last week, or it's goal line stand against Oklahoma, or the 2009 "George is still running" overtime win over Utah doesn't display "heart" to someone, it's then impossible to explain or demonstrate. And yes, Boise State does have two BCS bowls victories, But they haven't ever won a consensus national championship either.

Boise State obviously has been a dominating football team over the past several years. Not Utah team has had much success against them. It's difficult to know how this game is going to turn out. BYU has a great defense and it's offense is beginning to come together. But, anyone who overlooks a team like Boise State is looking to be disappointed at the end of the day.

Rockyrd
Gilbert, AZ

eastcoastcoug-Where's Boise's National Championship banner? You sound like eastcoastbroncofan.

OHBU
Columbus, OH

"BSU and Petersen have done what NO BYU team (LaVell or otherwise) have EVER done...go to and win 2 BCS Bowls."

It's a bit unfair to group LaVell under a system that barely existed at the very end of his career. LaVell did the absolute best anyone can do--he won a national championship. He also had a Heisman winner on his watch. Peterson will never do that at Boise State, in my opinion.

You might say that the current system makes it more difficult to get into the game, but I'll just say that if it's unfair to judge Peterson by LaVell's era, the reverse is also true.

WisCoug
VERONA, WI

On a topic only tangentially related to this slideshow (since it mentions a fake punt pass by the BSU punter), I know that Mendenhall is not really one for trick plays, but I have read that Arellano was an all-league track guy (competing in the 100, 4x100, and 4x400) in high school and after a little digging found that he recorded multiple sub-11.5 100m runs (I think 11.34 was his best time) and a hand-timed 4.4 40. I don't know if he still has the jets, or if it is being saved for the right situation, but it seems like this ought to be a part of the special teams playbook.

dustman
Gallup, NM

Trick plays. Isn't every play a trick play? Or do QB's walk up to the line and yell out what they plan on doing? If Boise wins, I hope no one says it was because of a trick play. Misdirection and concealment is a big part of football. Quit hiding behind the phrase trick play.

Common-Tator
Saint Paul, MN

"Petersen is to Boise State what LaVell Edwards is to BYU."

Sorry - can't agree. At this moment, Petersen "is" while LaVell "was".

Cougar fans still love "The Coach", and always will. No doubt his fame is forever associated with all he accomplished, and for which Cougar fans will (and rightfully so) ever be grateful.

But for now, Bronco Mendenhall "is", and that's where Cougar fans' support lies ... at least those who understand and appreciate the past, but live in the present.

AFMech
APO, AE

"dustman
Gallup, NM
Trick plays. Isn't every play a trick play? Or do QB's walk up to the line and yell out what they plan on doing? If Boise wins, I hope no one says it was because of a trick play. Misdirection and concealment is a big part of football. Quit hiding behind the phrase trick play."

Hate to break it to you, but BYU has been penalized for "attempting to decieve the defense." (When the Cougars played AF in 2009). A memorandum came out November 13, 2009 regarding such a process. Unfortunately for BYU, they played AF on November 21, 2009 when this was a "hot topic" for all the officials across the NCAA. So misdirection and concealment can actually cost you 15 yards. The term "trick play" refers to plays such as the "Flea-flicker," the "Hook and lateral," and the famous "Statue of Liberty."

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