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Moa earns another MW player of the week honor for Boise State

Following Boise State’s last six wins, the Broncos have earned a Mountain West Player of the Week honor.

On Monday, it was sophomore nose tackle David Moa’s turn.

Moa was named Special Teams Player of the Week after he blocked BYU kicker Rhett Almond’s field goal attempt from 44 yards out with 16 seconds remaining in Thursday’s 28-27 win over the Cougars. Moa also had a sack, giving him 6.5 on the seaon, the most by a Boise State interior lineman since Andrew Browning had 8.5 in 2006.

“They snapped the ball, we got a great push up the middle, and the ball hit me right in the hand,” Moa said about the block.

After not having a player recognized following their season opener, the Broncos have had seven in the six games afterward.

Sept. 12: CB Tyler Horton, defense

Sept. 26: RB Jeremy McNichols, offense; P Sean Wale, special teams

Oct. 3: RB Jeremy McNichols, offense

Oct. 10: QB Brett Rypien, offense

Oct. 17: RB Jeremy McNichols, offense

Oct. 24: NT David Moa, special teams

Boise State had a bye the week prior to Sept. 19’s awards. The Broncos had three MW player of the week winners last season, nine in 2014, two in 2013, two in 2012 and eight in 2011.

Check out a video interview with senior linebacker Ben Weaver above. He said afterward if Moa hadn’t earned the special teams honor, junior tight end Alec Dhaenens should have on his shoe-string tackle of safety Kai Nacua while returning a blocked field goal in the first quarter.

Boise State will face the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week on Saturday. Wyoming running back Brian Hill had 289 yards rushing Saturday at Nevada and is No. 2 nationally in rushing with 1,010 yards.

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The football cliche that turnovers are the No. 1 indicator of wins and losses is such for a reason: the top eight teams in that lead the nation in the category are a combined 43-16. But so far, the Broncos have bucked that rule. At minus-1.14 turnovers per game (11 giveaways, three takeaways), they are tied for 120th nationally. The eight teams with which they are tied or worse are a combined 21-35, not completely awful, but none better than 4-3.

“Obviously we haven’t won too many turnover battles this year, but we’ve been able to still win, we’re kind of living on the edge in that sense,” senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck said. “If we start winning the turnover battle, we should start at least putting teams away.”

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

No. 13 Boise State at Wyoming

  • When: 5 p.m. MT Saturday
  • Where: War Memorial Stadium (29,181, FieldTurf); Laramie, Wyo.
  • TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Adam Archuleta, Cassie McKinney)
  • Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)
  • Records: Boise State 7-0 overall, 3-0 Mountain West; Wyoming 5-2, 3-0
  • Kickoff weather: Low-60s, clear with 10-20 mph winds
  • Vegas line: Boise State is favored by 13 1/2 points
  • Series: Boise State leads 10-0 (won last season 34-14 in Boise)
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