By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm EST
On Tuesday night, #19 Boise State Broncos faces the Baylor Bears in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. The game will be on ESPN at 10:15 pm EST.
The Broncos are 10-2, while the Bears are 6-6. This is the final game for Baylor’s interim head coach Jim Grobe, before Matt Rhule – the former Temple Owls head coach – officially takes over on Wednesday.
Boise State was 4-2 on the road this season. Baylor was 2-4.
This is the first meeting between these two teams.
Boise State lost its last game against the Air Force Falcons. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 18 when they defeated the UNLV Rebels 42-25.
Baylor has lost its past six games after winning their first six games of the season. They haven’t won a game since Oct. 15 when they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 49-7.
Grobe tried to help the Bears recover from the mess that they’ve been in following a sexual assault scandal that tainted their reputation. The scandal caused the school to move on from head football coach Art Briles, their athletic director Ian McCaw and president Kenneth Starr.
“I’m really excited that our players have a chance to play in a bowl game this year,” Grobe said. “I think we’ve certainly had some challenges this year, but we’ve got a wonderful group of young men that I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with.”
Seth Russell leads the Bears attack with 2,126 passing yards. He has 20 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
Zach Smith, a true freshman, will start in place of Russell, who has 1,151 passing yards. He has 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
Terence Williams has 945 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. KD Cannon has 989 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Bears will be without Shock Linwood, who decided to skip the bowl game in order to prepare for his upcoming National Football League career. Linwood has 4,213 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns.
Brett Rypien leads the Broncos attack with 3,341 passing yards. He has 23 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
Jeremy McNichols has 1,663 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. This is McNichols final collegiate game, as he recently announced that he’s declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas Sperbeck has 1,193 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
“We want him to stay,” Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin said of McNichols. “Obviously, we think he can do some great things here. We really haven’t gotten into it that much. Certainly it’s out there and people are talking about it, but from our standpoint, that has not been the focus and it really hasn’t been a distraction in here.”
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