The Boise State football team overcame a 24-6 first-half deficit Saturday to beat Florida State 36-31 at Doak Campbell Stadium.
It was the Broncos’ largest comeback win against a Power Five team in school history.
Boise State outscored Florida State 17-0 in the second half and scored the last 23 points of the game. True freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier was 30-for-51 for 407 yards with a TD and an interception. His yardage total was the largest for a first-time Boise State starting quarterback in the FBS era (since 1996).
The Broncos outgained the Seminoles 621-426, including 214 rushing yards, and had 10 third-down conversions to the Seminoles’ one.
You can follow tweets about the game below, and scroll to the bottom for links to all of this week’s coverage from the Idaho Statesman. We have two reporters at the stadium and will be posting stories throughout the day.
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FSU — Cam Akers 38 run (Ricky Aguayo kick), 12:28. Key plays: Boise State running Andrew Van Buren fumbled to end a promising opening drive for the Broncos. The Seminoles faced fourth-and-1 after a couple missed tackles allowed them to get closer to the first-down marker, and Akers broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage to scamper into the end zone. Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards, :43. Florida State 7, Boise State 0
BSU — Eric Sachse 36 field goal, 7:49. Key plays: New starting tailback Robert Mahone busted several strong runs and wide receiver Khalil Shakir broke a tackle for a first down on second-and-6. But the drive stalled on third-and-8 when Bachmeier’s throw against a blitz went right through wide receiver John Hightower’s hands. Drive: 14 plays, 56 yards, 4:39. Florida State 7, Boise State 3
FSU — Tamorrion Terry 75 pass from James Blackman (Aguayo kick), 7:42. Key play: Terry caught the ball near the sideline on a screen, slipped through several tackle attempts and darted down the sideline for the score. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, :07. Florida State 14, Boise State 3
BSU — Sachse 36 field goal, 3:47. Key plays: Quarterback Hank Bachmeier found wide receiver CT Thomas for a 36-yard gain down the left sideline one play after a fumble return for a TD was overturned on replay. Hightower added a 14-yard catch. Drive: 11 plays, 56 yards, 3:55. Florida State 14, Boise State 6
FSU — Gabe Nabers 5 pass from Blackman (Aguayo kick), 1:05. Key plays: Keyshawn Helton gained 14 yards on a reverse and the Broncos missed several more tackle attempts to assist the Seminoles’ march. Nabers was wide open at the line of scrimmage on the TD. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 2:35. Florida State 21, Boise State 6
FSU — Aguayo 46 field goal, 10:53. Key plays: Khalan Laborn gained 12 yards after avoiding a tackle in the backfield and Blackman threw a deep strike to Warren Thompson for 51 yards to the Boise State 1-yard line. However, the Seminoles botched back-to-back snaps and had to kick a long field goal. Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards, 3:21. Florida State 24, Boise State 6
BSU — Robert Mahone 1 run (Sachse kick), 4:34. Key plays: Nickel Kekaula Kaniho sacked Blackman and forced a fumble recovered by defensive tackle David Moa, putting the Broncos on the Florida State 40-yard line. True freshman running back George Holani took the Broncos to the 3 with four carries and a screen reception before Mahone finished it off. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 3:08. Florida State 24, Boise State 13
FSU — Helton 58 pass from Blackman (Aguayo kick), 4:07. Key play: Helton ran free through the secondary for a deep throw from Blackman. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, :27. Florida State 31, Boise State 13
BSU — Sachse 41 field goal, 2:51. Key plays: Bachmeier found tight end John Bates for 27 yards and scrambled for 13. Mahone broke loose for 15 but Bachmeier missed a wide open CT Thomas on what would have been a TD. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 1:16. Florida State 31, Boise State 16
BSU — Sachse 26 field goal, :00. Key plays: Bachmeier found Thomas for 32 yards but just missed him in the end zone later in the drive. Bachmeier also connected with Akilian Butler in the end zone, but the play was wiped out because Butler went out of bounds previously. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 1:53. Florida State 31, Boise State 19
BSU — Khalil Shakir 11 pass from Bachmeier (Sachse kick), 2:50. Key plays: Boise State linebacker Riley Whimpey forced a fumble and safety Kekoa Nawahine recovered two plays after a Broncos fumble. Butler made a 14-yard catch and Shakir made a terrific catch on the fade route in the end zone. Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 1:52. Florida State 31, Boise State 26
BSU — Mahone 1 run (Sachse kick), 12:44. Key plays: Shakir made a 7-yard catch on third-and-7 and Mahone ran for 14 yards. The Broncos’ drive probably should have ended on a Holani fumble, but the first defender couldn’t corral the loose ball and tight end Garrett Collingham got it instead. Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, 4:09. Boise State 33, Florida State 31
BSU — Sachse 30 field goal, 7:27. Key plays: Holani ran for 24 yards, Bachmeier hit Shakir for 18 and Mahone turned a shovel pass into 27 yards on first-and-20. The Broncos also had a touchdown wiped out by offensive pass interference. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 3:41. Boise State 36, Florida State 31
NEWS AND NOTES
Will Florida State play in Boise?
The deal was signed six and a half years ago — and immediately there was speculation about whether Florida State was serious.
We’re about to find out.
The Florida State football team is scheduled to play at Boise State on Sept. 19, 2020, to complete a home-and-home contract with Boise State. The teams play Saturday in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles can cancel the Boise game for $1 million, but that price tag jumps to $2 million within 12 months of the game, according to the contract.
Jim Curry, the senior associate athletics director at Florida State, told the Idaho Statesman on Friday to expect to see the Seminoles on the Broncos’ famed blue turf at Albertsons Stadium.
“We are fully anticipating to go to Boise next year,” he said.
And it turns out there’s a piece of this contract that is unexpectedly attractive to Florida State: traveling west.
Florida State played at BYU in 2009, Colorado in 2007 and USC in 1997.
“Our folks have been out West,” said Curry, who is the administrator for football and handles football scheduling. “The Boise game, and particularly the return, invoked some really positive memories for our fans, memories of going out West.”
Bachmeier’s dad has surgery
In the midst of battling for Boise State’s starting job at quarterback during fall camp, true freshman Hank Bachmeier was dealing with a health scare at home.
Michael Bachmeier, Hank’s dad, had brain surgery and is currently at home resting in Murrieta Valley, California.
The elder Bachmeier had surgery to remove a tumor.
Injuries add up
Boise State may have avoided the path of Hurricane Dorian, but the Broncos couldn’t escape their Florida stay without injury.
Junior safety DeAndre Pierce, sophomore right tackle John Ojukwu and junior receiver CT Thomas left Saturday’s game with injuries. Pierce was seen on the sideline in street clothes in the second half, while Ojukwu was helped off the field and later appeared from the locker room on crutches.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin did not have an update on the extent of their injuries after the game.
After struggling to make tackles in the early going, the Boise State defense redeemed itself in the second half.
Florida State was held scoreless and managed just 68 yards and four first downs over the final two quarters.
Junior nickel Kekaula Kaniho led the Broncos in tackles with six, including four for loss. Kaniho, Chase Hatada, Sonatane Lui and Curtis Weaver had one sack apiece. Defensive tackle David Moa and safety Kekoa Nawahine each recovered fumbles.
“The defensive side of the ball, they did a great job, they adjusted,” Harsin said. “For coach (Jeff) Schmedding — I’ve got a chance to watch these guys play. He never has, not in a game. And so to have him make adjustments after one half of football of really watching these guys play live and seeing how they do it, that’s impressive.”
Schmedding replaced Andy Avalos (Oregon) as the defensive coordinator.
STUD end Curtis Weaver was Boise State’s single-game captain. ... The Broncos wore blue pants with white jerseys and white helmets. ... Boise State won the coin toss and took the ball. ... Avery Williams carried the Hammer. ... True freshmen JL Skinner (safety) and George Holani (running back) played.