By Chadd Cripeccripe@idahostatesman.com© 2014 Idaho Statesman
From 2006 to 2012, the Boise State football team rolled into hostile environments all over the country and — often after some unexpected trouble — found ways to prevail.
The Broncos were 42-6 in road and neutral-site games during that time.
Since the start of 2013, they’re 2-6 in such games — including three straight losses. The Broncos have not won a game outside of Boise since Nov. 2, 2013, at Colorado State.
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First-year coach Bryan Harsin wasn’t here for most of those losses but the trend didn’t escape his attention. His team will play Saturday at Connecticut, the farthest east the Broncos have ventured.
“We just talked about it — what’s the identity of our team? Can we win on the road?” Harsin said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ve got to find a way to win on the road. We haven’t proved anything that way.”
The simplest explanation for the road woes is that the Broncos have not put as strong of a team on the field the past season-plus and the six defeats came against arguably the best teams they’ve played in that stretch — Washington, Fresno State, BYU, San Diego State, Oregon State and Ole Miss.
Perhaps more concerning is that four of those losses were by lopsided margins.
“Some of it has to do with the teams we played,” senior wide receiver Matt Miller said. “We should have won some games, too. The key for us is that mentality to go out there and attack.”
So what, he was asked, was the mentality that produced last year’s 2-5 away record — the worst at Boise State since 1996?
“Obviously,” he said, “not ‘attack.’ ”
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