Hank Bachmeier threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and Stefan Cobbs added a particular groups landing and a 61-yard scoring reception as Boise State defeated UTEP 54-13 Friday evening.
Boise State (1-1) gave first-year coach Andy Avalos his first win and this system’s twentieth straight dwelling opening victory, enjoying in entrance of a capability crowd for the primary time since 2019.
Avalos, who performed linebacker at Boise State from 2001-04, relished the victory in addition to the chance to play in entrance of a raucous dwelling crowd.
“To have the ability to exit in that stadium and have it packed the best way it was—when there’s that sort of vitality within the stadium, that’s a house discipline benefit,” Avalos mentioned.
UTEP (2-1) appeared primed to place up a combat early regardless of being 25-point underdogs. However six turnovers together with a protection vulnerable to yield large performs finally doomed the Miners.
“(Boise State) performed an ideal recreation and did numerous actually good things, however we didn’t play effectively and made method too many turnovers,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel mentioned. “Approach too many errors to win in an setting like this.”
With the rating tied 3-3 within the first quarter, Cobbs wove by way of visitors after fielding a punt earlier than breaking out of the swarming UTEP protection crew and raced 81 yards for a landing.
“The punt return was an enormous spark for us,” Avalos mentioned. “And we are saying that particular groups is a transparent window of what we’re as a crew as a result of that’s once we all come collectively.”
After Cobb’s large return, the offense got here collectively beneath Bachmeier’s course. He hit seven completely different receivers in main the Broncos on six consecutive scoring drives.
Andrew Van Buren additionally rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Broncos.
Quarterback Gavin Hardison led the Miners with 15-of-24 passing for 223 yards one landing and three interceptions.
THE MAGIC OF SHAKIR
Whereas Bachmeier has loads of playmakers round him, it’s obvious that senior huge receiver Khalil Shakir is one thing particular — and important to the crew’s success.
Within the Broncos’ opener towards Central Florida, Shakir was restricted as a consequence of leg harm. He was solely concerned in 5 performs, however these have been a few of Boise State’s most electrical ones, netting 91 yards. And he was at it once more Friday evening towards UTEP — this time nearer to 100% as he completed with seven catches for 166 yards.
And a few of them have been dazzling.
Shakir made a one-handed grab on the UTEP 23 for a 31-yard acquire early within the first quarter, getting the Broncos into discipline purpose place for his or her first factors of the sport. Then he made one other jaw-dropping one-handed snag within the second quarter on a 19-yard pickup.
“You simply don’t see issues occur like that on a regular basis,” Avalos mentioned earlier than bringing the Shakir reward right down to earth. “However we’ve started working on that ball safety. That ball was floating round on the market just a little bit an excessive amount of and he is aware of that, so there are nonetheless some issues he can work on.”
Boise State: The Broncos confirmed simply how explosive their offense may be, one thing they’ll want in the event that they intend to take down Oklahoma State subsequent weekend. With 12 performs going for greater than 15 yards, Boise State saved UTEP on its heels all evening lengthy. For a protection that’s nonetheless coming collectively, the crew’s success this season in large video games will hinge upon its capability to strike large and infrequently.
UTEP: After falling behind rapidly Friday evening, the Miners deserted their working recreation, the energy of their offense. They’ll must preserve turnovers to a minimal and keep away from falling behind early if coach Dana Dimel hopes to see success in convention play.
UTEP will return to motion at dwelling towards New Mexico on Sept. 25.
Boise State will host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.