Boise State Broncos Look to Lock Down Berth in Mountain West Title Game
Boise State had little problem dispatching an overmatched New Mexico squad on the blue turf for their third straight win. The Broncos enter this one with a perfect 6-0 mark in the conference and can punch their ticket to the Mountain West title game with a victory. Boise State put the game away early, scoring on a fumble return on the first play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead after only nine seconds. That was part of a 28-point first quarter outburst by the Broncos. The game was over at that point as Boise State kept New Mexico out of the end zone until under four minutes remained in the game. In the contest, the Broncos rolled up a commanding 509-292 advantage in total offense and a 23-16 edge in first downs. That helped overcome a 31:51 to 28:09 disadvantage in time of possession: both teams turned the ball over twice in the game.
The Broncos enter this contest 30th
in the nation in passing offense with 281.6 yards per game. On the season, they are 52nd
in rushing offense with 173.2 yards per contest. Boise State is 17th
in the FBS in scoring offense with 36.1 points per game and 31st
in scoring defense as they allow 21.3 points per contest. Hank Bachmeier has completed 122 of 193 passes for 1,760 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. Chase Cord is 57 of 95 for 670 yards with nine touchdowns against three interceptions while Jaylon Henderson is 22 of 40 for 380 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. George Holani
leads the ground game with 131 carries for 692 yards plus five scores on the season. Robert Mahone (82 carries, 411 yards, five TD) and Andrew Van Buren (45 carries, 193 yards, two TD) are next in line. Khalil Shakir leads the team with 44 receptions for 615 yards plus four scores on the year. John Hightower (37 grabs, 754 yards, six TD), CT Thomas (27 catches, 410 yards, three TD) and Akilian Butler (22 receptions, 256 yards, two TD) are other options in the passing game. Eric Sachse is 44 of 45 on extra points and 12 of 14 on field goals with a long of 41. Joel Velasquez has not attempted an extra point but is one of two on field goals with a long of 52.