BOISE, Idaho — After the Boise State Broncos upset the previously tenth-ranked Brigham Young Cougars, 26-17 on Saturday, the football program and Bronco Nation felt jubilation as head coach Andy Avalos earned his first signature win.
However, like junior quarterback Hank Bachmeier said following the Broncos' first true road win over an Associated Press Top 10 team since 2001, Boise State (3-3, 1-1) will enjoy the win for 24 hours and then turn their attention to the Air Force Academy Falcons (5-1, 1-1).
The Falcons will be traveling to Idaho to play the Broncos on The Blue at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
As Avalos and his staff begin their prep work for Air Force, the first-year head coach held his weekly press conference at 1 p.m. MT Monday.
Following the end of his portion of the press conference, offensive coordinator Tim Plough and co-defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson also met with the Treasure Valley sports news media.
Avalos' weekly press conference was live-streamed in this article and on KTVB's YouTube Channel. Scroll down to find the live stream.
Heading into the Broncos' rivalry game, Avalos said the team had to reestablish what being a Bronco means and what it looks like, which primarily focused on preparing and how they work day-in, day-out.
"Last week was by far our best week in terms of our preparation and having things ready for the guys and making sure it was clear and concise and simple so that we can play with a certain mentality," Avalos said.
Following their first win over an AP Top 10 team in 20 years, Avalos said the team needs to build on the reestablished standard of Bronco football.
"We've got to earn the right to go and play our best on game day," Avalos said, "and last week we did it, we've got to continue to build on that as we move forward."
During Monday's press conference, Tim Plough discussed growing as an offensive coordinator and not necessarily focusing solely on scoring points but playing complementary football to win games.
"When I was a younger guy, I was like just like I want to score as many points as possible. I don't really care what else is going on and as you get older, you just realize you gotta do what you got to do to win that game," he said.
Plough added that if the Broncos scored touchdowns instead on the four drives that ended in field goals, the offense would have put up 42 over the Brigham Young Cougars and would have been lauded for it.
"But I think our guys did a great job understanding what it was going to take for our team to win the game and we played as a team, which was really cool," Plough said.
Going into last Saturday's rivalry game, BYU had zero turnovers through five games but had three against the Broncos. For co-defensive coordinator Spencer Danielson, being able to do force so many turnovers on defense comes from building the right habits every day.
Heading into their Mountain West Conference game against the Air Force Falcons, Danielson said discipline is going to be the biggest key for the Broncos' defense stopping the Falcons' triple-option offense.
"Discipline in regards to where my eyes are, what is my key telling, and trusting that, not trying to do someone else's job," he said.
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