BOISE — There actually are such things as good losses.
The Warriors’ 42-7 loss to Boise State wasn’t one of them.
The Warriors could not get to BSU quarterback Kellen Moore, who threw for more than 500 yards in only three quarters, nor could they give enough time to their own quarterback, Bryant Moniz. Without right slotback Kealoha Pilares, who did not play because of a strained hamstring, the offense suffered, especially left slotback Greg Salas. In the postgame, head coach Greg McMackin limited his points of praise to punter Alex Dunnachie, safety Mana Silva (two picks) and running back Alex Green, who helped the Warriors avert their first shutout since 1998.
The good news is the Warriors have a bye, which should help heal the walking wounded. The bad news is it extends the Warriors’ break. The loss probably will hurt the Nov. 20 gate.
But with three winnable games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors still have a shot to win the WAC title. Boise State, which has not lost a WAC game since 2007, has Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State and in-state rival Idaho left on the schedule. In the event of a tie, the c0-leaders each will be recognized as the WAC champ. The WAC does not use tie-breakers to crown champions.
If the Warriors win out, including the bowl game, they would finish 11-3, surely enough to break into the national polls. For the Warriors, the future is sunnier than the present.