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Senior safety Kekoa Nawahine, junior nickel Kekaula Kaniho and sophomore receiver Khalil Shakir discuss the Boise State football team's 14-7 win over Marshall on Friday at Albertsons Stadium.
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Senior safety Kekoa Nawahine, junior nickel Kekaula Kaniho and sophomore receiver Khalil Shakir discuss the Boise State football team's 14-7 win over Marshall on Friday at Albertsons Stadium.

The Marshall football team was 39-1 the past 40 times it had scored first going into Friday night.

Make that 39-2.

No. 24 Boise State scored on consecutive drives at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half to come back for a 14-7 victory. The Broncos are 2-0; the Thundering Herd are 1-1.

Boise State overcame mistake-prone play on offense with dominant defense. The Herd finished with zero yards in the second half.

“We did enough tonight to win, but the potential that we have, we’ve got to find a way to tap into that a little bit more,” coach Bryan Harsin said.

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SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

MAR — Brenden Knox 13 run (Justin Rohrwasser kick), 1:02. Key plays: Xavier Gaines gained 26 yards on a reception against a blown coverage, and the Herd running game gashed the Broncos for 42 yards in four carries. Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 1:55. Marshall 7, Boise State 0

SECOND QUARTER

BSU — Hank Bachmeier 1 run (Eric Sachse kick), :10. Key plays: Bachmeier hit tight end John Bates over the middle for 27 yards, Bachmeier scrambled for 11 yards on third-and-11 and wide receiver Khalil Shakir scampered 45 yards on a shovel sweep with terrific blocking. Offensive lineman John Molchon recovered a fumble near the goal line, which kept the drive alive. Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards, 3:43. Marshall 7, Boise State 7

THIRD QUARTER

BSU — John Hightower 47 pass from Bachmeier (Sachse kick), 13:27. Key plays: Tight end Garrett Collingham made a 24-yard catch over the middle and Hightower zipped through the defense after catching a post from Bachmeier. Drive: 4 plays, 72 yards, 1:33. Boise State 14, Marshall 7

NEWS AND NOTES

Harsin gets a flag

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin likely will be hearing from the Mountain West office after he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second quarter against Marshall.

Harsin screamed into the face of an official after left guard Jake Stetz was called for holding, wiping out a touchdown on a screen pass to wide receiver Akilian Butler. Stetz appeared to grab a defender by the shoulder from behind.

The official leaned back to try to avoid Harsin making contact with his hat, but Harsin’s bill appeared to glance off the official’s nose and bump the official’s hat. The video is inconclusive as to whether Harsin bumped him with his chest, too.

Shortly before the outburst, the officials missed a clear pass-interference penalty on a deep throw to wide receiver John Hightower. The defender wrapped an arm around Hightower’s neck while leaping to break up the pass.

The officials were from Marshall’s Conference USA. Contracts usually call for the visiting team’s conference to provide the officials.

The Mountain West’s standard procedure is to review unsportsmanlike incidents “and make a public announcement if warranted,” Mountain West spokesman Stuart Buchanan wrote in an email.

Pierce, Ojukwu out

Boise State safety DeAndre Pierce and right tackle John Ojukwu missed the game a week after sustaining injuries against Florida State.

Sophomore Tyreque Jones started for Pierce. Junior Jake Stetz started at left guard, which allowed senior John Molchon to replace Ojukwu at right tackle.

Wide receiver CT Thomas, another starter, hadn’t played as of the middle of the third quarter. He also was injured against Florida State.

Quick hits

Running back Robert Mahone was Boise State’s single-game captain. ... Boise State wore all blue. ... Marshall won the coin toss and took the ball. ... Mahone left the game with a right shoulder injury, according to ESPN. ... Boise State scored with 10 seconds left in the first half, avoiding its first scoreless first half at home since 2012 vs. BYU. The Broncos also scored for the 281st straight game, which ranks 12th nationally. ... Wide receiver Octavius Evans carried the Hammer after running over a defender against Florida State. ... Junior Curtis Weaver’s second-half sack moved him into a tie for fourth on the Boise State career list with 22.5 ...

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