Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin spent about 10 minutes talking with media members that cover Wyoming football Tuesday. Boise State doesn’t allow media that
covers opposing teams to talk to its players, so this was our only access to anything Boise State related this week.
Here are a few things that Harsin said Monday.
On Wyoming: “They’re bigger, strong and running the football, which is what (UW coach Craig Bohl) wants to do. They’re stopping the run by playing aggressive on the defensive side. They’re trying to make you put the ball in the air. I think turnover-wise they’re plus-4, and turnovers win games. I think they’re playing very sound, winning football and they’re doing it consistently.”
On Wyoming’s defense, which is third in the Mountain West in rushing defense (139.4 ypg) but last in passing defense (299.4 ypg): “You have to pick your poison sometimes, and that’s stopping the run game for Wyoming, which puts a challenge on you to throw it good enough. Wyoming’s also pressuring you, too. It’s not like they sitting back and letting you throw the ball. They’re smart with what they do.”
On UW junior running back Brian Hill and the Cowboys’ offense: “Hill’s a stud. I see a kid compared to when he was a true freshman who is more mature, physical, bigger, stronger and more confident. He runs hard, he knows where he’s running. He’s done that pretty consistently every game. The quarterback (redshirt sophomore Josh Allen) now is really helping him out. The offensive line does not get enough credit. Those guys are good. I see a very sound offense with a really good player carrying the ball and quarterback that does some good things as well.”
On winning the last two games by a combined six points — both at home: “There’s concern because we all ready made those concerns a pooint of emphasis before we played a down of football. Starts with turnovers (Boise State has a minus-8 turnover margin), consistency and special teams. One thing I’m not concerned about is I think our football team is tough. We have tough kids. They’ve been though some tough games. A lot of teams in those situations would fold. Our kids haven’t. However, we don’t need to make it as difficult as we have.”
On playing at Wyoming with both teams undefeated in the Mountain Division of the MW: “Experience does matter and help, but at same time it only matters in how the game goes. Our guys have played in some big games, and this is the biggest game we’ve played this season. This is why you play college football. You want play good teams and test your skill and training. I think it’s fun. There is repsct for Wyoming, and it’s fun to play a team like them that is playing well.”
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and and Laramie Boomerang, and go online to wyosports.net for my story on UW sophomore cornerback Antonio Hull and his adventures playing a lot of man-to-man coverage so far this season. Also, I have a UW men’s basketball story on redshirt freshman walk-on point guard Cody Kelley from Gillette, along with some stats from the Cowboys’ second intra-squad scrimmage last Sunday.