Boise State has owned the University of Hawaii for so long that no one outside of the Warriors locker room gave them much of a shot at the Mountain West Conference marquee program.
So when the Warriors rallied from 23 points to make it a one-ball game with five minutes to go on a 4-yard touchdown catch by Jared Smart and a 2-point conversion by Calvin Turner, the Broncos have to move on have wondered who they were. play on this Saturday night at the Aloha Stadium.
But a massive third-down throw from Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier to Khalil Shakir and a third-down goalkeeper by Bachmeier to be judged and measured before being confirmed was enough for the Broncos to secure a 40-32 win when rain fell. the closing moments.
Bachmeier completed 21 of the 31 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown. Andrew Van Buren managed a pair of 11-yard touchdown runs en route to 113 yards on 27 bruises and the best player of the MWC’s special teams at Avery Williams showed why with a 99-yard kick-off return for a score that turned out to be the difference in the game as the Broncos is now 4-0 in league play and 4-1 overall.
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Hawaii dropped to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in MWC play, despite some last minute heroics from second quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. He hit 25 out of 48 for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Turner also had a breakout performance with three touchdowns and a few successful 2-point tries, but it just wasn’t enough. Turner had 12 rushes for 32 yards and a score. He also caught five passes for 65 yards and two scores to make it late.
Under 40-17 to start the fourth quarter, Cordeiro and Co. across the field to try to get back in. The Warriors had an eight-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Cordeiro to Turner, his third score of the game. It lowered Boise’s advantage to 40-24 after Matt Shipley added the PAT with 9:56 left in the period. UH brought it back to eight with 4:56 on a 4-yard TD pass from Cordeiro to Smart, while Turner’s 2-point conversion rounded the score.
Trailing 19-3 to start the second half, Hawaii got the ball first and made the most of it with a sharp 13-play, 87-yard drive ending with a 1-yard run by Turner. Hawaii chose to go for 2, but Cordeiro fell short of the keeper to make it 19-9 with 11:09 going in the third quarter.
Fifteen seconds later, it was 9-26 when Boise State took 99 yards back after Williams for a touchdown. Hawaii’s special teams are not very good. The kickers are erratic and coverage is slow, and teams have managed to exploit both in all five games this season. That piece took the air out of the balloon for UH.
The attack followed with a predictable three-and-out and Williams held on to UH again, this time kicking 36 yards back to UH 26. Three running plays later – not shown live locally due to a dropped Bank of Hawaii commercial – Van Buren scored from 11 yards to make it 33-9 with 8:18 left in the quarter.
Hawaii again put in a good drive and scored on a beautiful pass from Cordeiro to Turner, who ran close to the sidelines for a touchdown of 36 meters. It was his second score of the match. He converted the 2-point attempt to make it 33-17 with 5:36 over in the high scoring third quarter.
Boise State quickly struck after a 43-meter pass from Bachmeier to Stefan Cobbs to UH 36. Four plays later, Van Buren scored for the second time in the quarter from 11 meters away to extend the Broncos’ advantage to 40- 17 with 3:43 left.
It didn’t look like the score based on the first half would be that high. Tied at 3-3 to start the second quarter, Boise State has finally put together a good ride. It started in the first quarter and ended in the second with a 43-meter field goal from Jonah Dalmas, his second of the game, to make it 6-3 with 10:09 left in the half. The Broncos went 55 yards on 12 play and should have had a touchdown, but wide CT Thomas released the ball 3 yards from Kai Kaneshiro to force the Broncos to settle for three.
Hawaii was given a pick in the middle of the second quarter after a long try from Bachmeier, but the defense forced a three-and-out to keep the score at 6-3, then gave up a 34-yard point return on Williams when UH were slow-growing coverage. UH lacks speed with special teams and it shows every week as the Broncos started their ride at the UH 44.
Two plays later, Bachmeier found Shakir free in the center for a 38-meter touchdown pass. The PAT was blocked to give Boise State a 12-3 lead with 5:12 left in the second quarter. Again, the UH attack could do nothing against a hard Broncos defense. The three-and-out led to a punt with four minutes to go, enough time for Boise State to stab another one in the end zone.
And that’s exactly what the Broncos did on a trick play pass from Thomas to Shakir from 3 yards to extend their lead to 19-3 with 54 seconds left in the half. It was Shakir’s second touchdown grab of the quarter.
The Hawaii defense forced a pair of three-and-out to start the match against a powerful Boise State offense. This year the Broncos are good for quick starts, outperforming the competition 101-40 in the first half. The Warriors wasted the first attempt, but the second led to the first time anyone moved the sticks when Cordeiro escaped third and long for a 33-meter flight into Boise State territory.
From there, Cordeiro mixed short quick passes with some nice scampers of his own to take third place in Boise State 10. But the Warriors couldn’t convert and had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Matt Shipley, who came in the match with only four of the eight three-pointers.
Under 3-0 with 4:36 left in the opening period, the Broncos got the ball on their own 25 for the third consecutive time to start the game. But this time, Bachmeier found Thomas on a 55-yard deep completion in UH territory for their opening first in the match. Hawaii had a chance to get the Broncos off the field, but Pritchard couldn’t play against Shakir in third, netting a first-and-goal in 6.
But a penalty kick against the Broncos that was likely a missed call led to a second goal at UH 21. The Broncos failed to convert and settled for a 32-meter field goal from Dalmas to even the game. at 3-3 with 1:13 left in the first quarter. It was the first time in 13 attempts that the Broncos failed to score a touchdown in the red zone.
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