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Fresno State vs. Boise State 2012: Broncos defense draws deserved praise after shutting down Bulldogs

The Boise State Broncos continued to lean on their defense and running games to defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs 20-10 Saturday. BSU ran for 215 yards, highlighted by senior halfback D.J. Harper's 122 yards and one touchdown. More importantly, the Broncos' defense held Fresno State to just 10 points. Fresno had averaged 39.5 points per game before Saturday's game.

SB Nation Boise State website One Bronco Nation Under God found plenty to praise, starting with the defense:

The Boise State defense, playing at its BYU level, completely crushed the previously high-powered Fresno State offense, limiting the Bulldogs to one late touchdown in a 20-10 win. Defensive line studs Demarcus Lawrence, Mike Atkinson, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and Sam Ukwuachu pressured Fresno quarterback Derek Carr all afternoon, turning the Fresno offense into the -- I don't know -- Idaho offense? It looked bad and the opposite of explosive.

Despite facing Fresno State's high-powered offense, Boise actually lowered its points allowed per game average to just 14.7, good for 12th nationally.

The Broncos improved to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Boise returns to action next week against UNLV, and will debut all-black uniforms for the occasion.