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Boise State's offense stuck in neutral?

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Apr 13, 2014

Ryan Finley to Devan Demas. 82 yards. Touchdown.

The highlight of Saturday's spring game had Boise State fans jumping out of their seats, but for the rest of the Blue and Orange scrimmage, they didn't have much to cheer about.

Boise State only amassed 339 yards on its other 83 plays, equaling about four yards per snap. That average was bolstered tremendously by a 59-yard Shane Williams-Rhodes reception on the first drive of the game.

You can't just take out the long gainers, however. Picking up big chunks of turf will be vital to Boise State's success this season, but fans cannot ignore the Broncos' inability to sustain drives. For a second straight weekend, the defense prevented the offense from getting into a rhythm, forcing four turnovers and racking up five sacks.

"I really like the way our defense plays and that's a challenge for us every day. Those guys are playing well up front," lamented Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford.

So what's the fix? According to Sanford and his starting quarterback Grant Hedrick, it's getting better at the basics.

"Our main focus is going to be downhill run game. Get Jay (Ajayi) the ball and let him do his thing," said Hedrick. "Then we need to take some shots down-field and have a bit of a vertical passing game."

"We've got to get back to knowing that we can move people off the football," added Sanford. "That needs to become our identity. Everything else will open up off that."

According to coach Harsin, about 75% of the new offense has been installed. The team will work on the remainder through the summer and into the fall.