Boise State picked up their first win of the season but it wasn't entirely a perfect game for the offense against Troy on Saturday.
Brett Rypien split time under center with Kansas transfer Montell Cozart and the offensive line appeared to struggle in their first time of defending the quarterback.
Inexperience caught up with Boise state as four different linemen found themselves a flag and they also gave up four sacks.
Rypien struggled with some bad snaps against Troy and even had a fumble in the 1st half due to lack of protection on the line.
"We are going to have sacks. We want to limit those penalties that we can control. We have to do a much better job. The disappointing thing is going 0-4 on fourth downs. As far as the inexperience we have good players there. I thought they grew up as the game went on,” said, Head Coach Bryan Harsin.
Yesterday was also the first chance that we were able to to see how the Broncos are going to replace Jeremy McNichols in the back field and the numbers didn't exactly jump off the page like it would have been with McNichols.
The Broncos struggled on fourth down going 0-4 and were unable to come up with the short runs.
Alexander Mattison found the end zone on a 49-yard scamper and finished with 82 yards on the day.
Even though their production level is down compared to McNichols Mattison is still confident in the group.
It's a team effort whether it was Ryan Wolpin, Robert Mahone, any of those guys carrying the ball I know the stable is prepared. I knew that later on in the game I would eventually touch the ball and I was going to make sure I was going to make the best of the opportunity I had,” said, Running Back Alexander Mattison.
The Broncos game this week with the Washington State Cougars will be nationally televised on ESPN at 8:30 pm. Right now Las Vegas Oddsmakers have the Broncos as 8.5 point underdogs against the Cougars.