Boise State’s offensive linevs. Idaho State’s defense
Idaho State’s defense features a versatile three-man front, which allows coordinators to disguise blitzes and coverages more easily.
Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz considers that a good and bad thing for the Broncos.
“It’s good because it’s another opportunity to see if we can do it,” Drinkwitz said. “It’s bad because we haven’t handled it the way we need to handle it.”
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The Broncos certainly should be accustomed to the three-man look, which is becoming about as common as no-huddle offenses. The offense sees it every day in practice and has faced three-man fronts in the first two games this season.
The Broncos rushed for 152 yards (4.75 yards per carry) in the opener against Washington and it appeared they’d ride their veteran offensive line all season. Since then, they’ve rushed for 97 yards (1.87 ypc) in six quarters.
Sophomore right tackle Archie Lewis, in particular, struggled against BYU. He committed at least three of the line’s six penalties. The Broncos could tweak the line to re-incorporate junior Travis Averill, a 14-game starter last season who lost his job while suspended for the season opener.
“We weren’t happy,” offensive line coach Scott Huff said of the BYU game. “Whether we won the game or we lost the game, we didn’t play to our standard. That’s what I just tried to reiterate with the guys, ‘Nobody is freaking out here in terms of we lost the game. It’s just that it’s not our standard.’ ”
In each of the Broncos’ first two games they have been stopped on a short-yardage situation to kill a drive.
“That’s not acceptable,” Huff said. “We’ve got to keep drives alive.”