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Boise State football, off narrow win, drops in polls

Boise State sophomore tight end Jake Knight, a Rocky Mountain High grad, carries out The Hammer beofre Saturday’s win over Washington State at Albertsons Stadium.
Boise State sophomore tight end Jake Knight, a Rocky Mountain High grad, carries out The Hammer beofre Saturday’s win over Washington State at Albertsons Stadium.

Coming off a 31-28 win over Washington State on Saturday, the Boise State football team slipped a bit in both major college football polls Sunday, though the Broncos were not ranked to begin with.

The Broncos received 37 points in the Amway Coaches’ Poll, six spots outside the top 25. Last week, they had 52 points and were four spots outside being ranked for the first time this season. In The Associated Press poll, Boise State had 42 points, five spots outside of the top 25 after having 50 points and being three spots outside being ranked in last week’s poll.

Boise State (2-0) has a bye next week, but will travel to Oregon State for its next matchup Sept. 24. The kickoff time will be announced Monday.

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Here is my vote:

1. Alabama

2. Florida State

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Michigan

6. Houston

7. Stanford

8. Wisconsin

9. Texas

10. Washington

11. Oklahoma

12. Iowa

13. Michigan State

14. Notre Dame

15. Louisville

16. Georgia

17. Tennessee

18. Miami (Fla.)

19. LSU

20. Texas A&M

21. Ole Miss

22. San Diego State

23. Florida

24. Baylor

25. Oregon

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Boise State often made it more challenging than it should have Saturday, with two interceptions in the final 5 minutes (though both were on third-and-long), but Washington State was kicking itself afterward.

“I think we moved the ball well all game,” quarterback Luke Falk said. “We put a lot of yards up, but we’d get into the red zone area and just didn’t put the ball in play and we didn’t do things to get ourselves points. I think we won the game, we just didn’t win the score.”

The Cougars had 520 yards of offense, but they also were stopped on three fourth downs in the second half, yielded an 85-yard touchdown interception return and had a field goal blocked.

“We beat Boise State in virtually every category, except toughness,” coach Mike Leach said.

Leach, on the offense, said “We had the ball for 40 minutes, and we scored the number of points we did, which was pitifully low.”

Click here for my story on the defense and other game notes.

Click here for my game story from the win.

And finally, here for a look at Tyler Horton’s game-changing play.

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Sophomore defensive tackle David Moa had 1.5 sacks Saturday, his best showing of his young career. He had one sack in limited action last season. Coaches praised his ability to help shut down Louisiana’s running game in the season opener.

“He’s one of the huge unsung heroes,” senior middle linebacker Darren Lee said.

Boise State’s rush defense is No. 10 in the nation through two games, allowing 60.5 yards per game.

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Former Boise State head coach Dirk Koetter (1998-2000) won his first game as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Sunday, beating Atlanta 31-24 on the road. Check out a column on the win here.

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