PROVO — BYU sophomore wide receiver Moroni Laulu-Pututau’s first college game took place last year at Nebraska in front of 89,959 fans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
And Laulu-Pututau was impressed with the noise those fans generated. So imagine his surprise when he was told to expect an even rowdier atmosphere this week.
His teammate, senior wideout Mitchell Juergens, told Laulu-Pututau that Nebraska didn't match the noise in Boise, although Albertsons Stadium seats only 36,387.
“Mitch Juergens told me it’s the loudest place he’s ever played in,” Laulu-Pututau said. “I said, ‘More than Nebraska?’ He said, ‘Louder than Nebraska.’”
To deal with that loudness, the Cougar offense will go with a silent count to try to avoid false start penalties.
Meanwhile, tight end Tanner Balderree said that the Boise State defense likes to confuse opposing offenses with their voices.
“One thing Boise likes to do is they like to yell, ‘Move,’ and stunt their guys before the ball is snapped to try to get guys to jump offside,” Balderree said. “As an offense, we have to be composed and make sure we don’t let them get inside our heads.”
TRICK PLAYS: One of the things Boise State is known for, besides its winning percentage and blue turf, is trick plays. They’ve executed some memorable gadget plays over the years.
“They’re always going to a team that you’ve got to be prepared for to do everything,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “This is one of those weeks where we have to be really smart in the way we play the game.”
“I’m preparing for trick plays and the environment,” said defensive lineman Sae Tautu. “I’m excited to go there with this team and give them everything we’ve got.”
IN THE PINK: BYU will be participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by adding some pink accessories to its look Thursday night. It’s something the Cougars have done for one game the last few years in the month of October. BYU will be wearing pink tape, cleats, gloves to help raise awareness of the disease.