The Broncos allowed 177 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last week at Utah State.
It was an unexpected slip for a defense that still ranks fifth in the nation against the run (77.3 yards per game).
Now the Broncos will face the Mountain West’s leading rusher, Wyoming sophomore Brian Hill. Hill has rushed for 985 yards this season (140.7 per game, 6.3 per carry).
“They’re coming downhill,” Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said.
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The Broncos’ defense enjoys the challenge of facing a physical rushing attack. They held Virginia to 40 rushing yards and Colorado State to 105 yards in similar matchups this season.
The Broncos’ stout defensive line has been the key to that success.
“We haven’t hit that game yet of just having an outright dominant game in every aspect, but I’m sure that game is going to come soon because we’ve all been working hard,” junior end Kamalei Correa said. “We’re really just waiting for our moment, but I’m sure the game for the D-line is going to come soon where there’s just a lot of sacks, a lot of TFLs. We’ve just got to keep working and growing.”
Last year, Boise State held Wyoming to 80 rushing yards in Laramie. The Cowboys averaged 2.1 yards per carry.
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