The Boise State Broncos defeated Utah State 33-24 to advance to the Mountain West Conference championship on Saturday on the blue against Fresno State.
Before we turn our attention to Fresno State we take a moment to acknowledge the crowd who was loud and created a special kind of energy inside Albertsons stadium last Saturday.
“I’ve been here a while so I’ve been a part of some really great crowds, atmospheres and games," said head coach Bryan Harsin. "That one was different.”
“The crowd was awesome, they’ve been awesome for us on the defensive side of the ball," said defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. "We can’t be thankful enough for Bronco Nation and obviously we are going to need them again on Saturday night."
The Broncos averaged 34,635 fans per home game this season, the highest total in the Mountain West and Boise State opponents have committed 20 false start penalties which is more than any other stadium in the country this season.
"Our defense thrives off that," said Avalos. "It provides an atmosphere for college football that is one of the best in the nation.”
The Broncos are preparing to face Fresno State for the 4th time over the past two seasons and it will be the second year in a row the two teams face off for the Mountain West championship, Boise State won two out of the three games including both at Albertsons Stadium and also last years championship game.
The coaching staff hopes for the same type of atmosphere although it may prove to be a tough challenge for Bronco Nation because it is an extra game and the ticket sales start at zero.
“Let's do it again, have the blue rocking, get the fans out there its championship week and let’s make it a great atmosphere," said Harsin. "Hopefully that is our advantage when we go play and hopefully our guys will respond, they really enjoy that and that’s a big key for us and our success.”
Season ticket holders can purchase their regular seats, student tickets are free, stadium tickets are $45, in the south end zone and the curves they cost $35 and north end zone tickets cost $25.
Here is a link with more information on how to get your tickets for the big game.