Despite loss of QB, Boise State handles UH 59-37
By JASON CHATRAW
The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho — After holding a competitive contest for the starting quarterback job, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin has insisted that the Broncos are well stocked at the position.
Saturday night against the University of Hawaii and its high-powered offense, Harsin’s message was put to the test. Turns out, he was right.
Chase Cord threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns in relief of injured starter Hank Bachmeier and No. 14 Boise State beat UH 59-37.
The Broncos (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) remained perfect at home against the Rainbow Warriors in seven meetings, despite losing Bachmeier early in the second quarter when he was scrambling for a first down and spun to elude oncoming linebacker Kana’i Picanco.
Bachmeier absorbed a hit in his lower back and promptly fumbled. He walked gingerly off the field with the aid of staff trainers before going to the locker room. In the second half, he returned to the sidelines in street clothes.
“(Hank’s injury) was something along the lines of a hip pointer,” Harsin said after the game. “He got hit in the side and was out, and he was not going to go back in. At that point we decided to just roll with Chase. He was already in the game plan with some packages. So we decided to give Hank a chance to rest up a bit. He’s going to be fine moving forward.”
With Bachmeier out, Cord ensured that the Broncos’ passing offense that ranks second in the conference didn’t miss a beat, throwing TD strikes of 33, 42, and 8 yards and finishing 12-for-18 passing.
Hawaii (4-2, 1-1), which entered the game with the Mountain West’s top passing offense and fourth nationally, fell behind early and never seemed to have an answer defensively for any of the three quarterbacks Boise State played.
“The defense played well in the first half but awful field position,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said. “We gave them some real short plays and they took advantage of it. Our defense didn’t play nearly as poorly as the score indicated, but in the second half we gave up some really big plays that we uncharacteristic for us.”
Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, moving past Garrett Gabriel for fifth place on the school’s career passing yardage list.
Rainbow Warriors wide receiver Melquise Stovall finished with eight catches for 114 yards and two TDs.
UH hosts Air Force next Saturday, with kickoff set for 5 p.m.
Hawaii 7 7 7 16–37
Boise St. 14 17 21 7–59
BOISE–Shakir 5 run (Sachse kick), 11:59
BOISE–Hightower 26 pass from Bachmeier (Sachse kick), 8:20
HAW–Victor 17 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 7:23
BOISE–FG Sachse 38, 13:46
BOISE–Shakir 33 pass from Cord (Sachse kick), 5:52
BOISE–Mahone 13 run (Sachse kick), 2:26
HAW–Stovall 21 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), :41
BOISE–Hightower 42 pass from Cord (Sachse kick), 12:30
BOISE–Holani 25 pass from Henderson (Sachse kick), 8:24
HAW–McDonald 17 run (Meskell kick), 3:31
BOISE–Holani 8 pass from Cord (Sachse kick), :00
HAW–Stovall 3 pass from McDonald (McDonald run), 10:37
HAW–Mardner 50 pass from Cordeiro (Stovall run), 2:44
BOISE–Holani 40 run (Sachse kick), 1:49
First downs 24 29
Rushes-yards 19-113 39-203
Passing 325 315
Comp-Att-Int 26-50-1 21-37-0
Return Yards 136 38
Punts-Avg. 4-36.25 3-35.33
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-Yards 10-88 11-95
Time of Possession 27:18 32:42
RUSHING–Hawaii, McDonald 8-54, Keliiliki 3-27, Holly 4-24, Picanco 1-9, Cordeiro 0-0, Mi.Reed 3-(minus 1). Boise St., Mahone 16-74, Holani 9-64, Bachmeier 3-28, Cord 4-13, Henderson 3-9, Hightower 2-8, Shakir 1-5, Van Buren 1-2.
PASSING–Hawaii, Cordeiro 3-9-1-74, McDonald 23-41-0-251. Boise St., Bachmeier 3-9-0-58, Cord 12-18-0-175, Henderson 6-10-0-82.
RECEIVING–Hawaii, Stovall 8-114, Byrd 6-74, Victor 4-33, Sharsh 4-29, Smart 3-25, Mardner 1-50. Boise St., Hightower 7-141, C.Thomas 4-53, Shakir 3-57, Holani 3-38, Bates 1-12, Pistone 1-7, Mahone 1-5, Butler 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.