NCAAF Game Recap - Boise State at San Jose State
Sat Nov 2, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Nov 2, 2019, 10:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(21) Boise State (7-1)

7

10

14

21

52

San Jose State (4-5)

14

10

10

8

42

Holani's 4 TDs lead No. 21 Boise St. past San Jose St. 52-42
Sun Nov 3, 2019 2:24 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) With Boise State's defense struggling to slow down Josh Love and San Jose State, the Broncos turned to their ground game to hold off the Spartans and keep their New Year's Six bowl aspirations alive.

Freshman George Holani ran for 126 yards and four touchdowns and No. 21 Boise State bounced back from its first loss of the season by beating San Jose State 52-42 on Saturday night.

The Broncos (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West) lost 28-25 at BYU two weeks ago with starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier sidelined but responded following a week off despite falling into an early 14-0 hole.

"We fight hard," receiver John Hightower said. "No matter what's going on in the game, we're going to keep fighting. The coaches coach us to be like that. I know everyone will keep fighting."

Boise State needs to keep winning and possibly get some help in the American Athletic Conference, where Cincinnati and Memphis are also in the running for a major bold bid.

It wouldn't have mattered had the Broncos not held off the Spartans, scoring touchdowns on five straight drives in the second half before ending the game with kneel-downs. Boise State finished with six rushing touchdowns and 253 yards on the ground.

"We finished the way we wanted to on the offensive side of the ball," coach Bryan Harsin said.

Boise State took the lead for good on Holani's third touchdown early in the fourth quarter that made it 38-34.

The Broncos then finally got a key defensive stop against the Spartans (4-5, 1-4) thanks to a sack by Curtis Weaver, and Andrew Van Buren provided a cushion with a 32-yard score that made it 45-34 with 6:24 to play.

Love threw for 438 yards and cut the deficit to 45-42 on his second TD pass of the game with 3:56 remaining, but it wasn't enough for the Spartans, who fell to 0-14 all-time against Boise State.

"Losing this one hurts," Love said. "It would have been huge for us obviously. It was one step closer to a bowl game. We have three opportunities left. We have to win two of them."

The Broncos recovered an onside kick following Love's second TD pass and converted a third-and-5 on a 15-yard end-around by Hightower and Holani put the game away with his fourth TD of the game with 1:35 to play.

"I thought he showed toughness. I thought he showed his durability. I thought he showed great vision," Harsin said. "I'm really proud of him. George is a guy that, since the day he showed up, he's provided nothing but positives to our football team."

The Broncos took their first lead late in the third quarter after Bachmeier scrambled 18 yards on a third-and-15 play. He left briefly with an apparent injury and Chase Cord came in and ran it 8 yards for a score on the next play to put Boise State on top 31-27.

But Love responded with another TD drive of his own with DeJon Parker running it in from 3 yards out for his second score of the game to put San Jose State back up 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter before the Broncos took the game over on the ground.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boise State: The Broncos got a big spark on special teams with a 66-yard TD return by Avery Williams to get them on the board in the closing seconds of the opening quarter, but had little answer all night for Love until Weaver's late sack proved to be the difference.

San Jose State: The Spartans scored TDs on the opening two drives of the game in a sign that this year's meeting would be far different than the mostly lopsided previous games in the series. They got 193 yards receiving from Tre Walker and 110 from Baily Gaither but still fell short against Boise State.

TARGETING

San Jose State linebacker Jesse Osuna was ejected for targeting for the second straight game. He missed the first half of this game for a hit last week against Army and then less than five minutes into the third quarter he was called again for a hit on George Holani. Osuna also was called for targeting in the opener against Northern Colorado, meaning he will be suspended for the next game under the repeat offender rule.

UP NEXT

Boise State: Host Wyoming on Saturday.

San Jose State: Visit Hawaii on Saturday.

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Passing

Boise Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Bachmeier 17 13 76.5 0 213 41 1 93.4
SJSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 53 29 54.7 2 438 40 1 86.8

Rushing

Boise Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Holani 28 126 4.5 19 4
A. Van Buren 9 85 9.4 32 1
SJSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Robinson 9 41 4.6 13 0
D. Packer 10 28 2.8 12 2

Receiving

Boise Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Hightower 5 129 25.8 41 0
C. Thomas 4 37 9.3 22 0
SJSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Walker 9 193 21.4 40 0
B. Gaither 8 110 13.8 21 1

Fumbles

Boise F FL
G. Holani 2 0

Returning

Boise KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Butler 2 21.5 0 27 0 - 0 0
M. Locher 2 8.5 0 13 0 - 0 0
SJSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Z. Zigler 4 20.8 0 27 0 - 0 0

Punting

Boise Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Velazquez 3 99 33.0 42
SJSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Galland 4 155 38.8 49

Takeaways

Boise Int Yds InTD
B. Wickersham 1 3 0
SJSU Int Yds InTD
B. Ezell 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Boise SJSU
Points For 52 42
Total Yards 466 497
Rushing Yards 253 59
Passing Yards 213 438
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/17 29/53
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 4/0 1/0
First Downs 23 28
Penalties - Yards 8/84 7/60
Time Of Possession 8:08 52:52
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/15 7/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 3/33 4/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Boise SJSU
SJSU 4:02 TD DeJon Packer 1 yd run (Matt Mercurio kick) 0 7
SJSU 11:34 TD Josh Love 4 yd run (Matt Mercurio kick) 0 14
Boise 14:45 TD Avery Williams 66 yd punt return (Eric Sachse kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter Boise SJSU
SJSU 2:59 FG Matt Mercurio 35 yd FG 7 17
Boise 7:02 TD George Holani 1 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 14 17
SJSU 13:47 TD Isaiah Hamilton 16 yd pass from Josh Love (Matt Mercurio kick) 14 24
Boise 14:36 FG Eric Sachse 30 yd FG 17 24
3rd Quarter Boise SJSU
SJSU 4:33 FG Matt Mercurio 35 yd FG 17 27
Boise 5:47 TD George Holani 6 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 24 27
Boise 11:32 TD Chase Cord 8 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 31 27
SJSU 14:07 TD DeJon Packer 3 yd run (Matt Mercurio kick) 31 34
4th Quarter Boise SJSU
Boise 3:29 TD George Holani 6 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 38 34
Boise 8:36 TD Andrew Van Buren 32 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 45 34
SJSU 11:04 TD Bailey Gaither 9 yd pass from Josh Love (Tre Walker 2pt pass from Josh Love) 45 42
Boise 13:25 TD George Holani 8 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 52 42

Game Information

Stadium: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 19,184
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