Idaho St.-Boise St. Preview
Just what Boise State doesn't want to see: Another member of the Mangum family on the offensive side of the football.
Unlike his quarterback brother Tanner, who dashed Boise State's hopes of an undefeated season last week, Madison Mangum will be trying to catch touchdowns on Friday night when Idaho State (1-1) faces the Broncos.
After dropping out of The Associated Press Top 25, Boise State (1-1) returns home for what appears to be its one break during the first half of the season. The Broncos lost to No. 19 BYU in the closing seconds last weekend thanks to Tanner Mangum's fourth-down TD pass with 45 seconds remaining.
And now the Broncos get to see Madison Mangum, who already has three touchdown catches in two games for the FCS Bengals.
''When I've lost games, I didn't sit there and cry about it. It was time to get back to work and really it lights a fire that you want to get back out there on the football field and prove it and get it done,'' Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. ''That's our mentality, and it needs to be.''
Boise State has not lost to its in-state foe since 1994 when both were members of the Big Sky Conference, and the Broncos would like to see their offense discovery some consistency. The Broncos looked good for a half in the opener against Washington, then was shut out in the fourth quarter against BYU after building a 24-14 lead.
Much of the criticism has fallen on quarterback Ryan Finley, who threw two of his three interceptions in the fourth quarter of the loss to BYU. Harsin is sticking with Finley, for now.
''He's kept his composure out there. He's preparing week to week better. That will show up again this week,'' Harsin said. ''At the same time, we need to eliminate the turnovers.''
Here's what else to watch as the Broncos and Bengals meet for the 31st time, but first since 2008:
RUNNING AWAY: Boise State rushed for 152 yards in the first half of the opener against Washington. In the six quarters since, the Broncos have 97 yards on the ground. Jeremy McNichols has become the clear No. 1 running back and had two touchdowns against BYU but was limited to 46 yards. Improving the run game is critical in helping out Finley.
MASSIVE MANGUM: Madison Mangum was held to three catches for 34 yards last week against Portland State. That's notable because it was his fewest receptions in a game since the 2013 season. Mangum had five catches and three TDs in the opener against Black Hills State and now gets to play against his hometown team.
ENJOY THE BREAK: Boise State would appear to have an opportunity for a number of its young players to get on the field against the Bengals. Any rest its starters can get will be appreciated with the upcoming schedule. Boise State travels cross country to play at Virginia next week before returning home for Hawaii. That's followed by critical early Mountain West games at Colorado State and at Utah State, the latter on a short week.
OUT OF TOWN: Idaho State plays its next four games on the road, including consecutive games against FBS schools: Boise State and UNLV. By the time the Bengals return home on Oct. 17 against Eastern Washington, they will have played a pair of Big Sky Conference games.
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