August 31, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Boise State Broncos wide receiver Kirby Moore (34) runs the ball during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
A lot of players played well in Friday night's Boise State loss to Michigan State. Here are a some of them and some of their opposites. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Moore finished with six catches for 52 yards and seemed to be Joe Southwick's go-to receiver when the other wideouts were too hard to go to.
The Boise State secondary
Starters Jamar Taylor, Bryan Douglas (who got the start over Jerrell Gavins), Jeremy Ioane, and Lee Hightower each had their hand in a turnover, either picking off an Andrew Maxwell pass or poking a ball free for a fumble. Take away tight end Dion Sims 60 yards receiving, and the MSU pass offense accounted for less than 200 yards and plenty of "wait, they do have wideouts, right?" talk from the ESPN booth.
The Boise State pass rush
Ends Demarcus Lawrence and Sam Ukwuachu found ways to disrupt Andrew Maxwell, and even DTs like Mike Atkinson got in on the pressure party. For a unit that was supposed to be a shell of its former self, it played admirably and effectively against a stout Michigan State O-line.
The Boise State running game
D.J. Harper finished with 8 yards on 15 carries. This will never happen again.
Red zone offense
The Broncos had three shots in the red zone and came away with zero touchdowns, two short field goals, and an interception. That wasn't going to be good enough to beat Michigan State (although it almost was).