WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Chadd Cripe, who covers Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman.
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What are the biggest strengths that has enabled Boise State’s defense to be so dominant this season, and are there any real weaknesses?
This defense is just so sound — not as dominant as the groups in years past, if you look at yards per carry, sacks and tackles for loss — but it’s very difficult to score against the Broncos because they don’t give up many big plays and they force a lot of turnovers through their pass defense. They have not allowed a touchdown play longer than 7 yards this season and only one quarterback has thrown a touchdown pass (Derek Carr, late in the game). The secondary is outstanding and new defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake clearly has confused opposing quarterbacks. If there’s a weakness, it’s the run defense. You can chip your way down the field — but it’s difficult for teams to string together the number of successful plays required. UNLV, in the second half, tried to do that — they ran 19 plays, mostly short runs, stalled inside the 5 and missed a field goal.