Some would argue that spotting the home team 13 (or 28) points is considered a bad thing.
I call it Boise State standard operating procedure when playing Colorado State!
Having come off a bye and the Broncos going three and out on the first series didn’t bode well for the visiting team. In fact, letting the Colorado State TIGHT ENDS have more receiving yards in the first quarter than the entire team combined is somewhat of a suboptimal play.
BUT that just makes the eventual ending that much sweeter.
The Broncos were able to score late in the second quarter to get into the half without getting shut out. The Rams did respond with their own scoring drive (with under two minutes to play) but only scored three. In fact, it was the Boise State defense that helped power the team through by only allowing one touchdown to the Rams all game. Other than that, Colorado State was only able to score on FGs.
Hank Bachmeier was 21-32, 253 yards and three TDs (one amazing throw to Tyneil Hopper that you just have to see to believe).
Cyrus Habibi-Likio lead the Broncos in rushing with 61 yards on ten carries. Interestingly enough George Holani (who didn’t play until the second quarter) showed flashes of his old self with some great runs but “only” had 43 yards on 10 rushes.
Khalil Shakir continued to be the rock star he’s always been with his 43 yards rushing (on seven carries) and 118 yards receiving on nine catches. He also had a 30-yard punt return to boot (the longest of the game).
This is all not to mention another set of refs taking away a Riley Smith TD after an EXTREMELY late whistle to review the previous catch.
The Broncos did a good by going on the road and winning. Now they have to do it again against Fresno State.