Boise State Football

Key matchup: BYU’s tall receivers vs. Boise State DBs

If this were basketball, the mismatch would be obvious.

BYU could start 6-foot-6 Mitch Mathews, 6-6 Nick Kurtz and 6-5 Terenn Houk at wide receiver on Saturday.

Boise State counters with 5-9 Donte Deayon, 5-10 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10 Raymond Ford and 5-11 Tyler Horton at cornerback.

But on the football field, the shorter guys still have a chance. Defensive backs frequently give up several inches to their opponents.

“It presents a problem,” Boise State defensive backs coach Julius Brown said. “We’ve just got to be really good in our technique and go attack the ball.”

The size differential also presents a motivator for the Broncos.

“I’m pretty sure it will be in the news that we’re 5-9 and 5-10 and we can’t guard 6-5, 6-6 receivers,” Moxey said. “That’s just a challenge to us ... and we accept challenges.”

Kurtz is the latest addition to the Cougars’ group of tall receivers. He made five catches for 123 yards last week against Nebraska.

Mathews, the better-known receiver, caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-winning Hail Mary.

“When things get hairy, (Kurtz) is able to make things happen,” Houk said. “I think a lot of teams might double-cover Mitch, and he’s a similar receiver, so he will have some good opportunities.”

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