Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Other Side of Boise's Loss

With Boise's dreams of a National Title run shanked off the foot of Kyle Brotzman, twice, the forgotten play of the Nevada Wolf Pack will likely get lost in media hype. More specifically Colin Kaepernick and the Wolf Pack offense.

That's not to say this was a shoot out. Nevada's defense held pat. They weren't dominant, but they kept Boise below their average total yards per game (493 to 528) and most obvious kept them below their average scoring (31 to 47.9). Again, by no means did they shut the Bronco's down, but they do deserve some credit. Boise was 4th in total, 5th passing, 20th rushing and 2nd scoring offense in the country.

Offensively is where the Wolf Pack really deserve credit. Boise was second in total defense giving up 229.2 ypg, second in scoring defense at 11.5 ppg, the number 7th pass defense at 156.9 ypg and the number 1 ranked rush defense giving up 72.9 ypg. All the Pack did was put up almost 100 more rushing yards (269), the most passing yards (259), the most total yards (529) than the Broncos gave up all year. Not to mention more points than any other team the Broncos faced all year long (VT posted 30). One of the best offenses in the country showed up and put it to one the best defenses in the country.

I'm not sure what will happen in the polls on Sunday night. A lot will be written about the Boise collapse and their dashed national title dreams. You can say what you want about the Broncos schedule, this Bronco team is a dominate one. And at the end of the day, Nevada proved itself to be better.

The true crime of this game is that two good one-loss footballs teams likely won't get the credit either team deserves.

*all stats provided by cfbstats.com

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