As the Ducks square off against Boise State Saturday, here are three things you need to know about the team that plays on blue turf:
A Well-Rounded Offense
Boise State's quarterback, Brett Rypien, is not the most mobile quarterback - which should be a point of emphasis for Oregon - but he's plenty accurate and doesn't make mistakes. Rypien passed for 14 touchdowns this season, with only four interceptions.
The squad is balanced, as Rypien passed for 2,515 yards this season, while also having a 1,000 yard rusher in sophomore Alexander Mattison and 1,000 yard receiver in senior Cedrick Wilson.
Balanced attacks keep defenses honest.
An Eye on the Defense
Junior linebacker Leighton Vander Esch won Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Super freshman Curtis Weaver, a defensive end, had nine sacks on the season, becoming the first freshman in Mountain West history to earn defensive first team honors.
David Moa, the squad's standout defensive tackle, was arrested in September, but rejoined the team and has been on numerous watch lists the past two years.
A strong line and heady linebackers give Boise State a sneaky good defense.
Boise State is Similar to Oregon
The Broncos mirror the Ducks in a few ways:
- Oregon ranks #42 in the country in total defense, Boise State ranks #45
- Oregon ranks #28 in total offense, Boise State ranks #38
- Both teams totaled 13 interceptions
- Oregon sacked opposing quarterbacks 32 times this season, Boise State did so 30 times
- Both squads beat Wyoming this season, the Ducks crushed the Cowboys 49-13 in September, while Boise State beat Josh Allen's team 24-14 in October
- Both teams lost to Washington State - Oregon lost big 33-10, while Boise State nearly pulled off the upset, losing in triple-overtime 47-44.
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