Boise State vs. Hawaii Recap: How The Broncos Defeated The Warriors

Boise State vs. Hawaii Recap: How The Broncos Defeated The Warriors

Boise State vs. Hawaii Recap: How The Broncos Defeated The Warriors

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Third Quarter:

Chase Cord and the Boise State offense picked up right where the left off in the first half.  On consecutive plays, Cord was able to hit CT Thomas for 19-yards and John Hightower for a 42-yard touchdown.  This put Hightower over 100 receiving yards on the game.

The Bronco defense started off in the same way they have played in the second half of every game this season by forcing a 3 and out on the Warriors’ first drive.  Jaylon Henderson came in for this drive as the 3rd quarterback to play a full series in the game. Jaylon looked good in his first series connecting with Khalil Shakir, John Hightower, and George Holani for 15+ yards each.  The Broncos were able to reach the endzone on an impressive effort from Holani to get through a few Warrior tacklers and to tight rope the sideline, getting into the endzone on a 25-yard pass.

Hawai’i is still Hawai’i, however, and the Warriors were able to drive the field on the Broncos.  McDonald went 5 for 5 and 36 yards on the drive and was able to score on a 17-yard rush. Even with a 31 point lead Hawai’i can still be a dangerous team and is capable of getting points on the board quickly.

With Cord back in, Boise State kept digging the hole for Hawai’i to climb out of.  Robert Mahone was able to get loose for 11-yards on his lone carry of the drive while Holani had 14 total yards on his three touches.  Cord hit three different receivers for 56 yards and gained 7-yards on the ground. Holani scored his second receiving touchdown of the game on an 8-yard pass where he again had to sneak inside the pylon to get.

Boise State 52, Hawai’i 21

Fourth Quarter:

With no quit in them, Hawai’i started their next possession.  McDonald accounted for all 75 yards on the drive, passing for 60, and running for 15.  Hawai’i had to go for it on a 4th and 2 from the Boise State 3 yard line to get in the endzone with a 3 yard pass to Melquise Stovall for the second time in the game. The Warriors wrapped up the drive with a 2 point to cut the Bronco lead to 23.

After the Warrior defense held Boise State and forced a punt, McDonald and the Hawai’i offense came back onto the field.  Boise State’s defense held tough and forced what likely should have been a 3 and out. Hawai’i again decided to go for it on 4th down deep in their own territory and their gamble did not pay off.  Boise State was able to force the incomplete pass and took possession at their own 29-yard line.

Boise State returned the favor by going for it and failing, on 4th and 1 instead of kicking a 35+ yard field goal.  The Warriors decided to go with their backups putting players like quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and running back Hekili Keliiliki.  The young Warriors responded to the challenge as Cordeiro completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Nick Mardner for his first catch on the season.

The Broncos were able to recover the Hawai’i onside kick attempt and set out to keep the ball on the ground to run out the clock.  On the second play of the drive, George Holani broke free and ran 40 yards to the endzone for his first rushing touchdown, third overall, of the game.  With this score, the Broncos had 59 points which is their highest total on the season

FINAL: Boise State 59, Hawai’i 37

Player Of The Game:

This was close between George Holani and John Hightower.  So close in fact that I cannot pick between them and feel good about myself.  Hightower had 7 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns of 26 and 42 yards. Holani had 12 touches for 102 yards and three touchdowns with all 3 being impressive efforts.

Final Thoughts:

This was a fun game to watch and Hawai’i never gave up. Coach Nick Rolovich is building something really impressive on the islands and the better the teams get in the Mountain West, the better it is for everyone. The Bronco offense put up 59 points on a much improved, but still struggling Hawai’i defense, and the Bronco defense held the Warriors to their season averages on offense. All in all, the was a convincing win against one of the better teams in the conference.

Hank Bachmeier’s injury is something to keep an eye on but Coach Harsin didn’t seem very concerned about it after the game. Chase Cord and Jaylon Henderson stepped in well after Bachmeier left the game so there is a chance the Hasin would hold him out if he’s anything less than 100%.

Up Next: 

Saturday, October 19th 

BYU in Provo, UT.

8:15 PM MT on ESPN2

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