New Mexico’s defensive style fits an emerging trend for how teams play against Boise State and true freshman quarterback Brett Rypien.
Because of Rypien’s youth and lack of running ability, defenses are gambling that they can get to him with blitzes and cover receivers man to man.
Utah State made that style work — Rypien committed five turnovers.
But everyone else has paid a heavy price, including UNLV in the Broncos’ last game. Rypien threw for a Mountain West and school freshman record 469 yards.
“We feel like we have some really good players and if people want to continue to play us man and continue to disrespect us like that, we’re going to attack, and that’s what we did,” offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said.
New Mexico has played vastly improved defense this year. The Lobos allowed 658 yards and 60 points to the Broncos last season.
They haven’t allowed more than 35 points in their past seven games.
The Lobos rank third in the Mountain West with 24 sacks.
Boise State hasn’t allowed a sack in the past two games after allowing 19 in the first seven games.
“Knowing the QB isn’t getting hit, that’s exciting for an offensive line,” sophomore left tackle Archie Lewis said.