Posted October 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By TODD DVORAK Associated Press Defensive back Dextrell Simmons is reluctant to call No. 21 Boise State's near-collapse in the second half against New Mexico four weeks ago a turning point. Yet by nearly any measure since the Lobos rushed for 330 yards and put up 29 points in a second-half rally that fell short, the Broncos defense has been as tough as any in the nation at keeping foes out of the end zone and been the driving force behind the team's six-game winning streak. The Broncos (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) have muscled their way into top 10 slots for several defensive categories, including pass defense (158 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (95.6) and points allowed (13.5). Their 22 turnovers rank second among FBS schools, three behind takeaway leader SMU, and three times this season they have held opposing quarterbacks to fewer than 100 yards through the air. Simmons said the motivation for the team is simple: A collective ...
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