Boise State maintained its composure despite the loss of starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier to an injury in the second quarter.
Backup Chase Cord stepped in to lead the Broncos to a 59-37 victory over Hawaii in a key Mountain West matchup Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. The announced crowd of 36,902 set a school record.
Cord finished 12-for-18 passing for 175 yards and three touchdowns with a QB rating of 203.3. Third-string QB Jaylon Henderson also saw action, going 6-for-10 passing for 82 yards and one TD.
True freshman George Holani had the best game of his young career with three total touchdowns. Senior receiver John Hightower amassed 141 yards on seven receptions, including touchdown grabs of 26 and 42 yards.
Boise State (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) led by as much as 45-14 in the third quarter. The Broncos forced a season-high four turnovers — three fumbles and one interception by Khafari Buffalo on the final play of the game.
The Broncos next travel to Provo, Utah, for a game against BYU on Saturday, Oct. 19, at LaVell Edwards Stadium (8:15 p.m., ESPN2).
Check out the scoring, tweets about the game and our news and notes below:
BSU — Khalil Shakir 5 run (Eric Sachse kick), 11:59. Key plays: Quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw a back-shoulder fade to wide receiver John Hightower down the left sideline for a 30-yard gain, which was made larger by a penalty for a late hit. On the TD, Shakir took the direct snap and scored easily. Drive: 4 plays, 57 yards, 1:40. Boise State 7, Hawaii 0
BSU — Hightower 26 pass from Bachmeier (Sachse kick), 8:20. Key plays: Boise State nickel Kekaula Kaniho stripped wide receiver Cedric Byrd II while tackling him behind the line of scrimmage on a screen play. The Broncos picked up third-and-7 with an offside penalty and Robert Mahone run, and Bachmeier hit Hightower in stride dashing down the left sideline. Drive: 6 plays, 41 yards, 1:44. Boise State 14, Hawaii 0
UH — Lincoln Victor 17 pass from Cole McDonald (Ryan Meskell kick), 7:23. Key play: Wide receiver Cedric Byrd II capitalized on a busted coverage for a 46-yard gain to set up the score. Drive: 3 plays, 63 yards, :51. Boise State 14, Hawaii 7
BSU — Sachse 38 field goal, 13:46. Key plays: Tailback George Holani gained 6 yards on third-and-3 and Bachmeier kept for 15 yards. But on second-and-10 at the Hawaii 24, a first-down run by Hightower was erased by an illegal forward pitch. Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards, 3:08. Boise State 17, Hawaii 7
BSU — Shakir 33 pass from Chase Cord (Sachse kick), 5:52. Key plays: STUD end Curtis Weaver hit McDonald as he threw to force a fumble and safety Kekoa Nawahine recovered. The touchdown came on second-and-20 after a holding penalty. Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards, :35. Boise State 24, Hawaii 7
BSU — Mahone 13 run (Sachse kick), 2:26. Key plays: Boise State linebackers Benton Wickersham (forced fumble) and Riley Whimpey (recovery) combined on a turnover. On the touchdown, Hightower took the snap and handed to Mahone. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 3:14. Boise State 31, Hawaii 7
UH — Melquise Stovall 21 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), :41. Key plays: Stovall made a 22-yard catch on third-and-2 and Boise State was flagged for defensive holding later in the drive. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:45. Boise State 31, Hawaii 14
BSU — Hightower 42 pass from Cord (Sachse kick), 12:25. Key plays: Cord adjusted the protection against a blitz, then fired a strike to CT Thomas for 9 yards on third-and-8. He found Thomas again two plays later for 19 yards. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:35. Boise State 38, Hawaii 14
BSU — Holani 25 pass from Jaylon Henderson (Sachse kick), 8:24. Key plays: Henderson found Shakir wide open for 17 yards and Hightower weaved through the defense for 13 yards on a screen. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 3:12. Boise State 45, Hawaii 14
UH — McDonald 17 run (Meskell kick), 3:31. Key plays: In a six-play span, McDonald was 5-for-5 for 36 yards and Boise State was flagged for pass interference. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 4:48. Boise State 45, Hawaii 21
BSU — Holani 8 pass from Cord (Sachse kick), :00. Key plays: Thomas made a 16-yard catch, Mahone added an 11-yard run and tight end John Bates contributed a 12-yard catch. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:31. Boise State 52, Hawaii 21
UH — Stovall 3 pass from McDonald (McDonald run), 10:37. Key plays: McDonald was 6-for-8 on the drive. Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards, 4:16. Boise State 52, Hawaii 29
UH — Nick Mardner 50 pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Stovall run), 2:44. Key play: Stovall made a 20-yard catch. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:20. Boise State 52, Hawaii 37
BSU — Holani 40 run (Sachse kick), 1:49. Key play: Kaniho recovered Hawaii’s onside kick at the Rainbow Warriors’ 43-yard line. Drive: 2 plays, 43 yards, :53. Boise State 59, Hawaii 37
NEWS AND NOTES
Boise State QB Bachmeier injured
Boise State true freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier was injured while trying to scramble for a first down in the second quarter. He was drilled at the end of the run and fumbled. After staying down for a few moments, he was helped off the field and had to be helped to the medical tent for an exam.
Boise State already had used backup quarterbacks Chase Cord and Jaylon Henderson for snaps in the game. Cord took over when Bachmeier left.
Boise State gets first sellout in four years
Boise State sold out its homecoming game against Hawaii on Saturday. It was the first home sellout for the Broncos since the 2015 game against Washington.
The announced attendance of 36,902 set the school record. The previous mark lasted seven years — 36,864 for the 2012 game against BYU.
Broncos honor Dan Paul
Boise State senior tight end/fullback Matt Pistone, No. 47, led the Broncos out of the tunnel and pointed to a video-board tribute to Dan Paul, the former Bronco who died in July. Paul was a fullback who wore No. 47.
The Broncos honored Paul’s family before the game. Pistone caught his second career pass on the Broncos’ first drive of the game.
Men’s basketball: Alston shines in scrimmage
Redshirt junior guard Derrick Alston stole the show during the Broncos’ intrasquad scrimmage Saturday in Bronco Gym.
Alston won the team’s dunk contest with a 360-degree, one-handed dunk. The 6-foot-9 NBA prospect then led Team Gray to a 50-42 victory over Team Blue with a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Arizona transfer Emmanuel Akot (14) and senior Justinian Jessup (10) also reached double-digit scoring for Team Gray. Akot’s status for this season still has not been decided by the NCAA.
“I think right now we kind of have a mentality of maybe like a preseason NBA team the way we play,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “I think our offense looks pretty good. We’ve got a lot of work to do on defense, especially in the next two weeks. It’s coming quick.”
Senior forward RJ Williams was the top scorer for Team Blue with 11 points, and Portland transfer Marcus Shaver, Jr. -- who will have to sit out this season -- added 10 points.
Oregon transfer Abu Kigab, who will be eligible to play for the Broncos after the first semester, sat out the scrimmage with a strained hamstring.
Boise State plays an exhibition against West Coast Baptist College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at ExtraMile Arena. The Broncos’ season opener is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, against Life Baptist. The BSU women open the doubleheader with a 5:30 p.m. contest against Lewis-Clark State College.
“I think we’ll have some tools to be able to do some things this year that we haven’t been able to do in the past, but we gotta get our defense to catch up now,” Rice said.
Boise State wore white helmets with the Broncos script logo, orange jerseys and white pants. ... Nickel Kekaula Kaniho of Hawaii was Boise State’s single-game captain. ... Boise State held a moment of silence for former track and field star and Olympian Jarred Rome before the game. ... Long snapper Daniel Cantrell carried the Hammer. ... Safety DeAndre Pierce returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with an injury sustained in the opener at Florida State. ... Hawaii linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard was ejected midway through the first quarter for targeting on a tackle of Boise State running back George Holani. Hawaii had eight penalties for 68 yards in the first quarter alone.