Two words: Ashton. Jeanty.
In what is a defensive game to not remember, we do have a very bright shining spot on this Broncos team, and that is the 205-yard monster that is Jeanty. Behind him and a patient running game, the Broncos made it out of San Diego with a closer than it should have been 34-31 win.
Taylen Green was 12-22 passing, 162 yards, and one passing TD with one more rushing TD.
The aforementioned Jeanty had 254 total yards with 49 receiving (he was second in yards for the Broncos) and two well-deserved touchdowns.
Eric McAlister is once again showing up to ball with five receptions, 90 yards, and a TD.
Also to note, the Herculean effort by the Boise State offensive line to help pave the way for Jeanty and Green to have the success they do. The offensive line came to play tonight and it showed.
The Broncos defense had (mostly) a night to forget allowing 166 yards rushing and another 273 passing. They did cause two fumbles that lead to turnovers so that is a positive. The tackling, though, was an issue as the Aztecs were allowed to convert six 3rd and long plays in a row. Quite the frustrating thing. Andrew Simpson and Jayden Virgin did recover those fumbles to give the Broncos extra posessions.
The Broncos special teams not named James Ferguson-Reynolds and Jonah Dalmas struggled a bit what with some busted coverage on a kickoff return and kicking the ball out of bounds penalty. But JFR had some beautiful punts that Boise State was able to flip the field. His longest was a 67-yarder that pinned SDSU on the one. Gorgeous. Dalmas was perfect on the night with two field goals made and four extra points.
For the Aztecs part, Jalen Mayden was 16/22 and had 13 straight passes that were caught. He had 241 yards in the air, a passing TD, and a rushing TD.
There are some very big red flags that one would hope the coaches are able to address. But getting out of a weird matchup with the Aztecs with a dub is nothing to sneer at.
The Broncos are next at Memphis on 9/30 at 2 pm EDT on ESPN 2.