Defense is difference maker for Boise state

Posted at 7:53 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 21:53:07-04

Through four games of the season, the Broncos defense has been a vital force for the team's success this season.

Boise State right now ranks 12th nationally in total defense—giving up just over 315 yards a game. In the Mountain West Conference, it's been no surprise that opposing teams are struggling; Boise State ranks number one in the conference with 17 sacks.

First year Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos credits to the defense success to simple fundamentals by going back to the basics with tackling.

`"There's a few things that we really harped on in the off season losing the players that we lost and the experience players and that was one of the couple things we didn't want to fall off on and tackling was one of them that we thought we could get better at."

The Broncos have a short week, and the tall task, of defending the triple option Friday night against New Mexico. Boise State spent several weeks in the off season to get set for this style of play.

The Lobos will head into the game with a two and two record, but the Lobos rank first in the Mountain West for scoring offense.

Along with the challenges of defending the option, Boise State is not letting Lobo’s victory last year get to them.