Broncos overcome early difficulty vs. Thundering Herd in Boise

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The No. 24 Boise State Broncos had difficulty with the Marshall Thundering Herd early on Friday night. After the first quarter, though, it was all the Broncos. 

Boise State won 14-7 over Marshall at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. 

Boise State Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier scores a rushing touchdown against the Marshall Thundering Herd
Hank Bachmeier scores a rushing touchdown against the Marshall Thundering Herd (Photo by John Kelly/Boise State Athletics/Boise State University)

“1-0 on the blue,” Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We’re excited about that. I thought the student section and the crowd were awesome. It’s just good to be back in this environment and playing. I know our guys appreciated that, as well. Credit to Marshall, too — they came in and played physical and hard, which we thought they would. They were as advertised.”

This is Boise State’s 18th straight home opener win. They also extended its scoring streak to 281 consecutive games. 

Marshall was shut out in the second half. In addition, they had zero yards on 14 plays after the halftime break in five second half possessions. Four of those possessions ended in a punt, while one ended after an interception. 

The Broncos improved to 2-0 with the win. The Thundering Herd fell to 1-1 on the season with the loss. 

Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier went 22 of 34 for 282 yards. He also had one touchdown pass and one interception. 

George Holani had 22 carries for 103 yards. Bachmeier also had seven carries for 26 yards and one rushing touchdown. 

Khalil Shakir had five receptions for 95 yards. John Bates had five receptions for 63 yards. John Hightower and Garrett Collingham had two receptions for 46 yards each, while Hightower also had a touchdown reception. 

Thundering Herd quarterback Isaiah Green went 10 of 17 for 56 yards. He also had one interception. 

Brenden Knox had 10 carries for 71 yards. He also schred one rushing touchdown. 

Xavier Gaines had three receptions for 26 yards. 

Bachmeier scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. He also hit John Hightower for a 47-yard touchdown reception. 

Knox scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown for the Thundering Herd’s lone score.

“I’m proud of the way we played,” Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holiday said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t find a way to get it done there at the end. They mare a couple more plays than we did. We got to go back and get better as a team, because we got a lot of great challenges ahead of us as a team.”

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