In-State Road Trip Awaits Broncos
Aug. 23, 2017

Friday, Aug. 25 at Idaho | 7 p.m. (MT)
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Sunday, Aug. 27 at Idaho State | 1 p.m. (MT)
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BOISE, Idaho
– The Broncos (1-1-0) will hit the road for two games against in-state opponents Idaho (1-1-0) and Idaho State (1-1-0) this coming weekend. Boise State will first travel to Moscow and face the Vandals on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. (MT), and then head to Pocatello on Sunday, Aug. 27 to square off with the Bengals at 1 p.m. (MT).

The Blue and Orange enter the rivalry weekend fresh off one of the most prolific offensive performances in school history, scoring five goals against Southern Utah last Sunday to trounce the Thunderbirds 5-1. The five-goal outburst marked the first time the Broncos scored five goals in a match since Oct. 8, 2010, along with being just the 10th five-goal game in program history.

The motivation for Sunday’s performance came in large part from Friday’s season-opening 1-0 loss to Montana. The Grizzlies got on the board in the 35th minute because of a Bronco own goal, and the home team was unable to find the equalizer.

“After Friday’s game we addressed the main concepts and talked about tangible things that would flip the script and cause us to come out with a whole different mindset,” assistant coach Ed Moore said in reflecting on the weekend. “And it worked. The players did a great job of bouncing back against Southern Utah and closing the book on Friday. They exploded and did a great job of bringing energy, passion and hard work.”

The energy level on Sunday was encapsulated by the standout performance from Baylee Blaser. The redshirt senior scored twice (42’ and 76’) for the first multi-goal game of her career and provided an added lift for the Broncos off the bench.

“She was definitely a part of that group that was challenged by the coaching staff, knowing we have more energy and passion to give,” Moore said on Blaser. “She responded phenomenally, and I truly don’t know if someone could have responded any better. Her energy on Sunday was infectious, and it paid off big time.”

Boise State will look for carryover this weekend when they face two more Big Sky opponents that have enjoyed conference success in recent history. Idaho won the 2015 league regular season title and posted a 10-5-4 record in 2016 while Idaho State’s pedigree is best shown through its five NCAA Championship appearances, the most recent coming in 2012.

Both schools opened the season on the road and went 1-1 in their first weekend.

“Anytime you get these rivalry games, you know both sides are going to be chomping at the bit to get going,” Moore said. “We just need to make sure that when it’s time to execute and be calm, we have the discipline and presence of mind to do so.”

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