One of football coaches’ favorite sayings is “don’t make the same mistake twice.”
That applies to them, too.
The Boise State football team was unprepared for a slippery grass surface last year at Connecticut.
That won’t be the case Saturday at BYU, even though the Broncos are expecting a quality surface.
“Coach (Bryan) Harsin has put us in a situation where now we don’t make the same mistake twice with that situation,” junior cornerback Jonathan Moxey said.
The Broncos used their grass practice field three times this week — a change from last year’s Connecticut prep — and players will have multiple cleat options when they arrive at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.
“Probably some guys will choose a little different cleat than they did last year at UConn,” Harsin said.
The Broncos also played on grass last year at the Fiesta Bowl. That surface was great, players said.
They spent much of fall camp on the grass practice field this year, so the surface isn’t foreign.
Still, last year’s experience has players putting a little more thought into their shoes. They can change shoes or use screw-in cleats.
“I’ll bring two pairs and I’ll think about it as I warm up,” Moxey said.
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A few other notes:
— The Broncos have said that early-down failures led to much of the trouble on offense in the second half against Washington. Here’s how the Broncos did on first down in the second half: six carries for 5 yards on run plays, including a fumble for a big loss; 24 yards on four pass plays, including two first downs, an incompletion and a sack. In 10 tries, the Broncos only gained 5 yards or more twice. “It’s definitely a killer, especially when you lose yards on the first play,” junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck said. “It’s just a drive killer.”
— Senior tight end Holden Huff on the Washington game: “I was glad we got the win, especially getting that game over with. We were all pretty excited for it but we’re all pretty glad it’s over.”
— Sperbeck on QB Ryan Finley: “I think he did great. I think he handled it really well and I think he really stepped up as a leader.”
— LB Ben Weaver on the defense in the second half against Washington: “We knew that we would stop them if it needed to be us. And we did. Compared to last year, that’s maybe what we didn’t have. We kind of relied a lot on offense. ... We’ve kind of got to get away from that and try to be a dominant defense day in and day out.”