BOISE-- The Bronco's offense made a fantastic showing on Saturday, scoring 63 points over Tennesee Martin's meager 14.
However, perhaps more impressive was the Bronco defense. That's because Boise State held the Skyhawks to just 357 total yards during the game.
Better than that was the team's six forced turnovers, one of which resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback Bryan Douglas
With that, the young Bronco defense showed they can play -- and perhaps even erase a few doubts echoing within Bronco nation.
Basically, all of it was motivation, said Douglas at a postgame interview. We never want to give Bronco Nation that image of us.
I do think we made some strides, said Coach Chris Petersen, who praised his defensive line, but said he expects better tackling.
On the other side of the ball, the Bronco offense had a historic day on Saturday. The 63 points they hung on the board we the most since they scored 63 against Colorado State in 2011.
By halftime, Boise State already had 49 points - the most they've taken into the locker room after 30 minutes of play since the 2007 season-opener.
And of course quarterback Joe Southwick was exceptional. The 54-yard strike to Aaron Burks was Southwick's longest pass play since his freshman year.
Now the Broncos will have to step it up a bit more, as they face Air Force on Friday.