Boise State looking to defend blue turf against UCF

Issues are about to get harder for UCF because it heads to Idaho to face Boise State on Saturday night time.

Regardless of coming off a 56-19 loss at Washington final week, Boise State (0-1) is a slight favourite over UCF (1-0).

The Knights routed visiting Kent State 56-6 as they put together for his or her first season within the Huge 12.

John Rhys Plumlee handed for 281 yards and three touchdowns in opposition to the Golden Flashes and likewise ran for 90 yards and one rating.

“We confirmed how good we may be,” Plumlee mentioned after the win.

The Knights rushed for 389 yards and 5 touchdowns in opposition to Kent State. Johnny Richardson ran for 100 yards and RJ Harvey added 134 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns — one every speeding and receiving.

The stress is on Boise State defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson, who took the blame for final week’s loss.

It was essentially the most factors allowed in regulation by the Broncos in any sport since 1998. Washington’s Heisman Trophy candidate Michael Penix Jr. handed for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns.

“I take full accountability,” Danielson mentioned. “I didn’t do a superb job getting our guys able to play.”

UCF coach Gus Malzahn mentioned the Knights will observe on a blue area in Orlando at the very least as soon as this week as they put together for the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

“They’re a nationwide model,” Malzahn mentioned of Boise State. “They’re used to successful.”

Certainly, over the previous 23 years, solely Oklahoma (90.8 %) has been extra profitable at dwelling than Boise State (130-15, 89.7 %).

The Broncos on Saturday will search for a rebound sport from Taylen Inexperienced, who accomplished simply 19 of 39 passes for 244 yards, one TD and two interceptions in opposition to the Huskies.

Inexperienced was the Mountain West Freshman of the 12 months in 2022, producing an 8-2 document as a starter. Extremely athletic at 6-foot-6 and 220 kilos, Inexperienced handed for two,042 yards, 14 TDs and 6 picks final yr. He additionally ran for 588 yards and 10 TDs.

—Subject Degree Media