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Final: Fresno State 19, Boise State 16 (overtime); Bulldogs win Mountain West title

Watch Fresno State’s game-winning play vs. Boise State for Mountain West title

Fresno State scored a touchdown on a third-down play in overtime to beat Boise State 19-16 and win the Mountain West football championship on Dec. 1, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium.
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Fresno State scored a touchdown on a third-down play in overtime to beat Boise State 19-16 and win the Mountain West football championship on Dec. 1, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium.

Fresno State scored a touchdown on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line in overtime Saturday night at snowy Albertsons Stadium to beat Boise State 19-16 and win the Mountain West football championship.

Boise State scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to tie the score 13-13 but the PAT was blocked, which led to the overtime. The Broncos settled for a field goal on their possession and the Bulldogs scored a touchdown.

Boise State running back Alexander Mattison was named offensive MVP of the game with 40 carries for 200 yards and a TD.

[Related: Boise State falls short in title game; Instant Analysis: Special teams doom Broncos]

Fresno State likely goes to the Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State will learn its destination Sunday.

Earlier in the day, UCF beat Memphis to lock up the New Year’s Six bowl bid from the Group of Five conferences.

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Snow covered the blue turf of Albertsons Stadium in the first half as Boise State played Fresno State in the 2018 Mountain West championship game.

Scoring summary and game notes below:



FS — Ronnie Rivers 1 run. Key plays: QB Marcus McMaryion hit TE Jared Rice for 16 yards on the drive’s second play, then Rivers had an 8-yard run to the 1. On third-and-goal, McMaryion pitched out to Rivers, who made LB Will Heffner miss a tackle, scoring the winner. Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards. Fresno State 19, Boise State 16

BSU — Haden Hoggarth 23 field goal. Key plays: RB Alexander Mattison had four carries for 19 yards on the drive, including a 10-yarder that got the Broncos to the Bulldogs’ 10. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards. Boise State 16, Fresno State 13


BSU — Alexander Mattison 34 run (Haden Hoggarth kick blocked), 8:01. Key plays: On the drive’s first play, QB Brett Rypien hit TE John Bates for 29 yards, then Rypien found CT Thomas for 6 yards on a third-and-3 to get into Fresno State territory. Mattison ran the next three plays, the last the big TD run. Drive: 7 plays, 87 yards, 3:09. Boise State 13, Fresno State 13


FS — Asa Fuller 38 field goal, 11:07. Key plays: The Bulldogs got a 29-yard run on the drive’s third play from QB Marcus Maryion to get to the BSU 31. Three plays later, CB Tyler Horton broke up a pass in the end zone, bringing up a fourth down, but he was called for holding before the throw, putting the Bulldogs in field-goal position. Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, 3:46. Fresno State 13, Boise State 7


FS — Asa Fuller 44 field goal, 3:20. Key plays: Fresno State got the ball at its own 23 after a failed Boise State fourth down. A Boise State pass interference before what would have been a third-and-10 gave Fresno State the ball in Bronco territory. A 12-yard pass the next play got the Bulldogs farther into Boise State territory and a 10-yard run two plays later put them in field-goal range. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 3:32. Fresno State 10, Boise State 7


BSU — Sean Modster 10 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 1:56. Key plays: On third down, Rypien looked like he’d thrown an interception, but the ball slipped through safety Mike Bell’s hands, with Modster tip-toeing in the back of the end zone to catch the deflection. A personal foul on the Bulldogs’ Tank Kelly turned what would’ve been a third-and-7 into a first down for the Broncos at the Fresno State 22. Only one play on the drive was longer than 10 yards, and it went for 11. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 7:03. Fresno State 7, Boise State 7

FS — Michiah Quick 15 pass from Marcus McMaryion (Asa Fuller kick), 9:03. Key plays: The Bulldogs got the ball in excellent field position after the ball slipped out of Boise State QB Brett Rypien’s hand in the rainy conditions and Fresno State recovered. On third down, a possible holding call was missed while McMaryion hit Quick in the back corner of the end zone for the score. Drive: 3 plays, 20 yards, 1:08. Fresno State 7, Boise State 0

News and notes

Hightower back; Tyler out

Boise State junior wide receiver John Hightower participated in warmups with the Broncos on Saturday night before the game against Fresno State. He had missed the previous three games. Hightower is the Broncos’ most explosive offensive player with eight total touchdowns.

Junior safety Evan Tyler, however, will miss the Fresno State game after starting the previous game against Utah State. Junior safety Kekoa Nawahine, the regular starter at the spot where Tyler played, missed the Utah State game but is expected to return.

Wide receiver Octavius Evans also is out, continuing his season-long injury battle.

Quick hits

Boise State wore all blue. ... The whole team carried Hammers. ... Wide receiver Sean Modster was the single-game captain. ... Fresno State won the coin toss and deferred. ... Fresno State won the overtime coin toss and chose defense. ... Boise State recognized a handful of former players who were watching from the sideline: Leighton Vander Esch, Cedrick Wilson, Shea McClellin, Jay Ajayi, Marcus Henry, Montell Cozart and Ryan Dinwiddie.


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