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Boise State offers half-price football tickets; several players still out

Bryan Harsin, pre-New Mexico I

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin talks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.
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Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin talks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.

Boise State will sell tickets to Saturday’s football game against New Mexico at half-price Wednesday to celebrate Veterans Day.

The sale runs from 12:01 a.m. to midnight.

The Broncos (7-2 overall, 4-1 Mountain West) play the Lobos (5-4, 3-2) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. The game will air on ESPNU.

The Broncos also are staging a blackout.

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Boise State coach Bryan Harsin met with the media Monday for the first time since his postgame press conference Oct. 31 at UNLV. He didn’t have much good news on the personnel front coming off the bye.

— Quarterback Ryan Finley (broken ankle), safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (broken ankle) and cornerback Donte Deayon (knee) aren’t available to play this week, Harsin said. He was non-committal on the status of players who hadn’t had surgery, like middle linebacker Tanner Vallejo. Vallejo has missed the past two games.

— Senior defensive tackle Antoine Turner “most likely” won’t play this season, Harsin said. Turner has been out all season because of an academic-eligibility issue. The situation hasn’t been finalized, Harsin said. This is Turner’s final year of eligibility.

— Senior nickel Mercy Maston will play this week, Harsin said. Maston didn’t travel to the UNLV game for disciplinary reasons, he said.

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Other notes from Harsin:

— The Broncos practiced Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday during the bye. The Thursday practice was run by Harsin and the graduate assistants with the full-time assistants out recruiting.

— On Utah State losing and putting Boise State back in control of its destiny in the Mountain Division: “Honestly, the mood hasn’t changed from that standpoint because we believed if we keep doing what we’re doing and stick with that mentality we would put ourselves in position to have a chance. It’s come a little earlier, but the mindset hasn’t changed. We’re focused on New Mexico. That’s all we can control.”

— On replay-review delays: “What you want is you want them to get it right. For fans and the people watching the game, it can be frustrating. ... I’d rather them take the time to get it right than hurry up and get it wrong. What’s frustrating is when they take the time and get it wrong — that’s the double whammy.”

— On the bye: “I still don’t know how it helps us at this point yet. We’ve got to figure that out. Some of our guys got to go home and see their families. That helps. ... Sunday night, there was great energy. I fully expect tomorrow’s practice to be better than it’s ever been.”

Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz talks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.

Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates talks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.

Boise State linebacker Ben Weaver speaks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.

Boise State right guard Steven Baggett talks to the media in advance of the New Mexico game.

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