NCAAF Game Recap - Boise State at Utah State
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:30 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 10:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(20) Boise State (10-1)

21

21

14

0

56

Utah State (6-5)

7

0

7

7

21

No. 20 Boise State runs over Utah State for 56-21 win
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:37 AM

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Boise State ran all over Utah State and right into another Mountain West Conference championship game.

George Holani rushed for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns, powering the 20th-ranked Broncos to a 56-21 victory Saturday night.

Jaylon Henderson threw for 187 yards and three scores in his second start as Boise State (10-1, 7-0 Mountain West) clinched a share of first place in the Mountain Division and a berth in its third consecutive conference title game.

"They knew what was at stake," Broncos coach Bryan Harsin said. "They knew the team we were playing. They knew they had to be on the road. And I think their entire preparation, mindset and focus showed up tonight."

Jordan Love threw for 229 yards and a touchdown to lead the Aggies (6-5, 5-2), who lost to Boise State for the fourth straight season.

"They beat us in all three phases," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. "Our challenge is to rally back and battle back, and see what we can do to finish this season the right way."

Holani averaged 11.1 yards per carry to pace a Broncos rushing attack that churned out a season-best 297 yards on the ground. They averaged 6.5 per carry.

"The running backs were bouncing off our guys pretty good," Andersen said.

Holani burned Utah State for big gains starting in the first quarter. The freshman opened each of Boise State's first three drives with a run exceeding 10 yards. His first carry turned into a 35-yard gain, and he also scored on a 5-yard Statue of Liberty play on his final attempt of the period.

It added up to 115 yards on eight carries for Holani in the first quarter alone. That set the tone for a game filled with big plays by the Broncos.

"George had a big game," Henderson said. "He really was almost like the backbone on our offense tonight as far as moving the ball. The kid runs the ball hard."

Boise State needed only four plays to score on its opening drive, when John Hightower shedded tacklers on a 30-yard catch-and-run to put the Broncos ahead 7-0.

Utah State evened the score on a 7-yard grab by Caleb Repp, but then the dam burst and Boise State overwhelmed the Aggies on both sides of the ball.

Jalen Walker returned an interception 15 yards with 5:14 left in the first quarter to put the Broncos ahead for good. Holani followed with his Statue of Liberty touchdown late in the period - which he set up with a 36-yard run a play earlier.

Boise State kept it rolling into the second quarter. Holani and Robert Mahone each scored on a 1-yard run, and Khalil Shakir hauled in a 14-yard pass from Henderson with 19 seconds left in the half to make it 42-7.

Avery Williams added an exclamation point by returning a punt 74 yards early in the third quarter to extend Boise State's lead to 49-7.

"We're a spark team," Williams said. "You get one spark and eventually start a fire."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Boise State could climb a spot or two in both the AP and CFP rankings after an emphatic road victory.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boise State: It doesn't seem to matter who the Broncos plug in at quarterback because their offense keeps running over opponents at full steam. Boise State averaged 7.5 yards per play in the first half and rolled up 383 total yards by halftime.

Utah State: An inability to stop Boise State's ground game doomed the Aggies to their most lopsided loss since the 2017 season opener at Wisconsin. Utah State also struggled to answer on offense, punting six times and turning the ball over once through the first three quarters while the Broncos ran off 49 straight points.

UP NEXT

Boise State closes the regular season at Colorado State next Saturday.

Utah State finishes the regular season at New Mexico on Saturday.

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Passing

Boise Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Thomas 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Henderson 28 16 57.1 3 187 30 0 113.2
UtSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 36 21 58.3 1 229 47 1 74.9
H. Colombi 11 6 54.5 0 78 28 1 39.2

Rushing

Boise Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Holani 16 178 11.1 36 2
A. Van Buren 14 48 3.4 16 0
UtSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Bright 10 44 4.4 14 1
J. Warren 8 39 4.9 13 0

Receiving

Boise Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Hightower 3 56 18.7 30 1
C. Thomas 5 36 7.2 15 1
UtSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Mariner 4 66 16.5 37 0
D. Thompkins 2 62 31.0 47 0

Fumbles

Returning

Boise KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Williams 0 - 0 0 1 74.0 1 74
UtSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Thompkins 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
S. Scarver 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0

Punting

Boise Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Velazquez 4 153 38.3 49
UtSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Bartolic 6 215 35.8 42

Takeaways

Boise Int Yds InTD
J. Walker 1 15 1
E. Tyler 1 4 0

Team Stats Comparison

Boise UtSt
Points For 56 21
Total Yards 484 428
Rushing Yards 297 121
Passing Yards 187 307
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/29 27/47
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 27 20
Penalties - Yards 3/15 8/65
Time Of Possession 26:26 34:34
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/15 13/21
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/38 6/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Boise UtSt
Boise 1:39 TD John Hightower 30 yd pass from Jaylon Henderson (Eric Sachse kick) 7 0
UtSt 7:32 TD Caleb Repp 7 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 7 7
Boise 9:46 TD Jalen Walker 15 yd interception return (Eric Sachse kick) 14 7
Boise 13:40 TD George Holani 5 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 21 7
2nd Quarter Boise UtSt
Boise 3:10 TD George Holani 1 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 28 7
Boise 8:49 TD Robert Mahone 1 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 35 7
Boise 14:41 TD Khalil Shakir 14 yd pass from Jaylon Henderson (Eric Sachse kick) 42 7
3rd Quarter Boise UtSt
Boise 2:32 TD Avery Williams 74 yd punt return (Eric Sachse kick) 49 7
Boise 10:28 TD CT Thomas 15 yd pass from Jaylon Henderson (Eric Sachse kick) 56 7
UtSt 14:34 TD Gerold Bright 6 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 56 14
4th Quarter Boise UtSt
UtSt 13:20 TD Henry Colombi 2 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 56 21

Game Information

Stadium: Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah
Attendance: 18,315
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