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Boise State is built to deceive and defeat

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:29 a.m. HST, Nov 06, 2010

BOISE, IDAHO » It is understandable why Hawaii defensive coordinator Dave Aranda feels like Wile E. Coyote.

The past week, Aranda has spent several hours trying to devise traps that will slow the Roadrunner that is Boise State's offense.

A couple of years ago, an offensive lineman said the Broncos had as many as 800 offensive plays. Since then, by strategic evolution and mutation, the Broncos have ideas that further stretch the limits of imagination. Tight ends are blockers and rushers. Wideouts are rushers and passers. Quarterbacks are receivers. And, as UH learned a few years ago, punters are passers, too.

The only constant is the offense is constantly shifting before the snap. It is the street magician's ruse: Look one way while the ball goes the other.

"They don't give you a lot of tendencies, like this formation means this or that," UH associate head coach Rich Miano said. "They don't attack you based on what they do well. They attack you based on what they think you don't do well. They attack weaknesses."

The Broncos average 47.7 points per game; their average winning margin is 34.3 points.

"They're a real challenge," Aranda said.


Hawaii 5 0 207 86 7 2 353 201
Boise State 3 0 156 20 7 0 334 94
Fresno State 3 1 134 101 5 2 238 187
Nevada 2 1 112 82 7 1 335 182
Louisiana Tech 2 2 113 131 3 5 184 235
Idaho 1 2 82 107 4 4 241 201
New Mexico State 1 3 53 156 2 6 116 295
Utah State 0 4 79 166 2 6 179 271
San Jose State 0 4 58 145 1 8 107 301


An asterisk denotes Western Athletic Conference game; All times listed are Hawaii
Date Opponent Location Time/result
Sept. 2 Southern California Aloha Stadium L, 49-36
Sept. 11 at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y. W, 31-28
Sept. 18 at Colorado Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo. L, 31-13
Sept. 25 Charleston Southern Aloha Stadium W, 66-7
Oct. 2 Louisiana Tech* Aloha Stadium W, 42-21
Oct. 9 at Fresno State* Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif. W, 49-27
Oct. 16 Nevada* Aloha Stadium W, 27-21
Oct. 23 at Utah State* Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah W, 45-7
Oct. 30 Idaho* (Homecoming) Aloha Stadium W, 45-10
Nov. 6 at Boise State* Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 20 San Jose State* Aloha Stadium 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 at New Mexico State* Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, N.M. 10 a.m.
Dec. 4 UNLV Aloha Stadium 5:30 p.m.

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