"There's no moral victories in any part of that game, because we went out there to win it."
Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin isn't happy with the result of his team's season opener, but he mentioned Monday that some individuals caught his eye Thursday night.
One of those players was running back, Jay Ajayi... And how could he not? Ajayi was on the field for an astounding 82 snaps and was spelled just once by back-up Devan Demas. Jay accounted for 44% of Boise State's offensive touches, racking up 20 carries and catching a career-high 12 passes.
"Jay felt good. He looked good. He wasn't winded and he's a guy we want to try to get the ball to," said Harsin. "He was feeling it, and it's hard to take a guy out that's feeling it."
"We were in the game until the middle of the fourth quarter. You want to ride your horses," explained offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. "I don't for one second doubt or second-guess what we did there. If you put in a bunch of guys who aren't battle-tested out there, and they make a lot of mistakes, then what the heck are you doing?"
Some Bronco fans were probably wondering what the heck the defense was doing after surrendering 28 points in the fourth quarter. Coordinator Marcel Yates says his unit needs to finish.
"Three quarters of decent football, and one quarter of unacceptable football. That's the best way for me to explain it," he noted.
"The fourth quarter got away from us a little bit, and it was just little missed assignments," detailed linebacker Tanner Vallejo. "I think the effort was the same. It was just people missing it by an inch, missing their job. Just trying to do a little too much, trying to make a big play."