Boise State comes into the game with a (0-1) record after a crushing defeat to UCF.
UTEP (2-0) comes in after a dominating performance on the ground versus Bethune-Cookman.
Broncos Find Their Stride After 1
BOISE, ID- With the first quarter being a “feeling out” process Boise State and UTEP enter the second with a score of 10-6 after a Bronco punt return for a touchdown.
After a long 8-minute Miners drive ending in only a field goal. Boise State took over to start the 2nd. With the help of a 36-yard completion, Boise State found itself at the 10-yard line of UTEP. In Shotgun, Redshirt Sophomore George Holani takes the snap running left and punches it in for the Broncos bringing the score 17-6 Boise State.
Receiving the ensuing kickoff Boise State’s defense was able to create mayhem for UTEP. Forcing a sack-fumble, Boise State found themselves on the 3 looking to widen the score. Senior running back Andrew Van Buren this time gets the carry, bounces out left, and scores the go-ahead touchdown bringing the score to 24-6.
Forcing another UTEP punt Boise State gained possession at their own 39. Junior QB Hank Bachmeier takes the snap getting the defense to bite on the play action and throws the ball short for Stefan Cobbs. Cobbs showing off his speed gallops his way into the endzone from 61-yards out making the score 31-6 all Broncos.
UTEP Miners Breakthrough Broncos Defense
Only mustering 2 field goals thus far UTEP had to get into the endzone if they wanted any chance in this game. UTEP’s previous 2 games the Miners had been able to do just about whatever they wanted and when they wanted. Against Boise St., that narrative was turned on its head. With 9 minutes left to go in the half, the Miners had dug themselves a hole very quickly and looked to find their way out of it.
Following a Facemask penalty, UTEP worked their way to the 48 of the Broncos. Redshirt Sophomore QB Gavin Hardison takes the snap and fires left. Jacob Cowing receiving the ball ran right and after slipping a few tackles as well as following his blocks found himself in the endzone. This however would be the last score of the night for UTEP.
Miners Cave into Broncos
Scoring another touchdown right before half and to open up the 3rd Boise State mounted a 48-13 lead with no signs of slowing down. UTEP’s attempt to make the game close again would be shut down after the Miner offense continued to make mistakes.
Boise State’s defense would force 3 UTEP turnover’s and 3 punts to end the game. Whilst the Bronco offense just couldn’t be tamed. Boise State would continue to run up the score adding 2 more field goals or 6 points to their total. The game would end with a 54-13. A blowout victory for Boise State putting them in the win column for the first time this year in front of a sold-out crowd.
If you were to go and look at this game from a team perspective as well as stat-wise. This game would seem a lot closer than it actually was.
Both offenses flourished mounting over 350 yards of total offense. Boise States’ defense however would prove to be the deciding factor in this game forcing 6 UTEP turnovers.
UTEP’s Gavin Hardison went 15/24 for 223 yards with 1 score and 3 int’s. Wide Receiver Jacob Cowing finished his night with 6 catches for 112 yards and the only score on the night for UTEP.
Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier finished his night going 17/24 for 340 yards and 2 scores. Senior and class of ‘22 draft prospect Khalil Shakir showcased why he’s a highly sought-after athlete. With 2 highlight-reel catches as well as grabbing 7 targets for 166 yards.
Boise State (1-1) will host Oklahoma St (2-0) on Sept. 18th
UTEP (2-1) will look to get back in the win column as they host New Mexico Lobos (0-1) on Sept. 25th