FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Hank Bachmeier passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and Boise State had five sacks to mute Fresno State’s high-scoring offense No. 25 in Saturday night’s 40-14 win Forced three turnovers.
Boise State (5-4, 3-2) dominated in a rematch of the 2018 Mountain West Championship game. The Broncos lost that snow-filled game in overtime and had to wait three years to get their revenge, but never backed down and took advantage of a muddy night by the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-2).
George Holani ran 117 yards on 21 carries. Jonah Dalmas best matched his career with field goals.
Jake Hainer passed for Fresno State for 279 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions—one in the end zone.
Fresno State had all kinds of problems and was held to its lowest point of the season, playing in front of its first sale at home since 2017.
The Bulldogs were limited to 356 yards of offense—far below their 480-yard average—and had 11 penalties, including a holding call, which negated a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first half.
Dalmas scored three field goals and Andrew Van Buren ran for 1 yard to give the Broncos a quick start, but Boise State’s defense did most of the damage with four sacks before halftime.
The Broncos also forced a turnover on Down in the Bulldogs’ early possession, intercepting a pass from Heiner on the first play of the next drive, then later forcing a punt after Fresno State’s first in his 33 and -3.
The Bulldogs’ defense made a fourth-down stand near midfield in the second quarter that helped Kerick Wheatfall set up Hanner’s 10-yard score.
experiment with freshman
With Boise State leading 10–0 in the first quarter, Broncos coach Andy Avalos replaced Bachmeier with true freshman Tylan Greene for a series. Green, who played briefly in another game this season, ran three times for 17 yards before taking the 16-yard sack. Bachmeier returned on the following drive.
The Bulldogs returned to the top 25 this week a month after being ousted from the rankings, but their stay is unlikely to last long after another loss to a non-ranked rival.
Boise State: The Broncos have had their share of issues on both sides of the ball this season, but to win their 14th straight road game and put together one of their best overall performances for the first time in Fresno since 2011 kept. More importantly, Avalos’ team came close to qualifying to bowl.
Fresno State: Three consecutive wins put the Bulldogs in great shape. They still lead the West Division but their defensive problems, especially at the rear, were thoroughly exposed by Boise State.
Boise State: On Friday in Wyoming.
Fresno State: Hosts New Mexico on Saturday.
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