Isaiah Bowser rushed 172 yards, together with the go-ahead landing with just a little over 4 minutes remaining, and UCF rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Boise State 36-31 on Thursday night time in a recreation that started nearly three hours late due to lightning-caused delays.
The Knights and Broncos had been scheduled to start out their recreation at 7:05 p.m., however a number of lightning strikes that appeared inside an 8-mile radius resulted in a 9:45 p.m. kickoff.
“I believe we discovered that it doesn’t matter what adversity we come via, we are able to come again, battle again, and win,” Bowser stated.
Boise State stormed out to a 21-0 lead earlier than UCF lower the margin to 24-14 by halftime and scored two touchdowns within the third quarter to take its first lead.
“They’re a bunch of winners — they refuse to allow us to lose,” new head coach Gus Malzahn stated.
UCF backup security Dyllon Lester made a game-sealing interception with 2:07 left.
After throwing a 100-yard pick-6 to Tyric LeBeauf — the longest in Boise State historical past — within the first quarter, Dillon Gabriel led scoring drives to finish and start the half. He threw for 4 318 yards and 4 touchdowns, whereas being picked off twice by LeBeauf. Jaylon Robinson made six catches for 140 yards and a rating for UCF.
Though he wasn’t good and the chances had been stacked in opposition to them, Gabriel nonetheless maintained his confidence in his staff to come back again.
“You bought to comprehend you’re down 21-0,” Gabriel stated.”I bear in mind after throwing that choose, Coach Gus stated, ‘We’re going to win this factor.’ And that simply gave me confidence and it circled round. Simply that perception that we constructed has been actually exhibiting.”
UCF amassed 181 yards within the third quarter whereas its protection held Boise State to detrimental yardage and 7 quarterback hurries. The Knights completed with 573 yards offense to 302 for the Broncos, who had solely 20 yards dashing.
Bachmeier ran the Broncos’ offense proficiently within the first half, throwing for 172 yards and a landing. He completed with 263 yards passing, two scores and an interception. His 7-yard rating to Khalil Shakir gave Boise State a 31-30 lead with eight minutes remaining.
The sport marked the debut of latest head coaches for each groups, Malzahn, and Boise State’s Andy Avalos.
GABRIEL GOES DOWN
With 4:16 remaining within the fourth, Gabriel scrambled left for the pylon and was hit out of bounds, inflicting him to be down for a number of moments. He re-entered the sport.
Boise State: Final season, the Broncos ranked No. 2 within the FBS on third-down conversion protection and within the first half in opposition to the Knights they held UCF to 1 of 6. However within the second half, UCF was 8 of 11.
UCF: In opposition to the Broncos, the Knights dedicated 5 penalties for 35 yards within the first half alone. Final season, UCF surrendered the second-most penalties in faculty soccer. They turned that round within the second half with simply 15 penalty yards.
Boise State hosts UTEP on Sept. 10.
UCF hosts Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 11.