Boise State Football

Final: Boise State football needs OT to hold off upset, keeps New Year’s Six hopes alive

Boise State survived an upset bid from Wyoming on Saturday night, holding on for a 20-17 victory in overtime at Albertsons Stadium.

Boise State opened the overtime period with a 28-yard field goal from Eric Sachse. Wyoming had a chance to tie and send the game to a second overtime. But Cowboys kicker Cooper Rothe missed a 37-yard field goal wide right, allowing the Broncos’ sideline to storm the field.

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The come-from-behind win keeps Boise State (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) atop its division and in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Wyoming (6-3, 3-2) bottled up the Broncos’ running game and forced two turnovers, threatening to win its first game on the blue turf against Boise State. But backup quarterback Chase Cord engineered a 10-play, 57-yard drive to tie the game with 5 minutes, 37 seconds in the fourth quarter.

Khalil Shakir took a jet sweep around the left edge for a 5-yard TD run to knot the game at 17, and neither team could mount a late drive, sending the game into overtime.

The win is Boise State’s second in a row when trailing entering the fourth quarter, and the third of the season.

Cord finished 19-of-30 for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

(Note: This is our live blog. For complete coverage of the game, click on the links above.)

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter

BSU — Akilian Butler 5 pass from Chase Cord (Eric Sachse kick), 2:05. Key plays: The Broncos picked up third-and-7 from their own 11-yard line on an 8-yard completion from Cord to tight end Garrett Collingham. Wide receiver Khalil Shakir added a 26-yard catch and wide receiver John Hightower gained 22 yards on an end-around. Drive: 12 plays, 92 yards, 7:10. Boise State 7, Wyoming 0

Second quarter

WY — Tyler Vander Waal 3 run (Cooper Rothe kick), 4:57. Key plays: Boise State punter Joel Velazquez booted a 50-yard punt but Austin Conway returned it 19 yards to set up good field position. Josh Harshman made an 11-yard catch and Xazavian Valladay busted a 12-yard run. Drive: 7 plays, 47 yards, 2:50. Boise State 7, Wyoming 7

WY — Rothe 39 field goal, :01. Key plays: Velazquez dropped the punt snap and booted a desperation roller of a punt under a heavy rush, giving Wyoming the ball at its own 48-yard line. The Cowboys reached the 16-yard line, but Boise State’s Curtis Weaver recorded back-to-back sacks to force the field goal. Drive: 10 plays, 30 yards, 2:59. Wyoming 10, Boise State 7

Third quarter

BSU — Sachse 40 field goal, 9:18. Key plays: Shakir made a nice catch for 20 yards and Cord floated a deep ball to wide receiver John Hightower for 43 yards. A pass interference penalty put the Broncos at the 5-yard line. A fumble by running back George Holani was overturned, which allowed Boise State to get points. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 3:01. Wyoming 10, Boise State 10

WY — Valladay 21 run (Rothe kick), 2:35. Key plays: Holani got drilled in the backfield and fumbled, giving Wyoming the ball at the Boise State 36. Valladay busted through a huge hole up the middle for the TD. Drive: 4 plays, 36 yards, 1:56. Wyoming 17, Boise State 10

Fourth quarter

BSU — Shakir 5 run (Sachse kick), 5:37. Key plays: Butler opened the drive with a 14-yard catch and Cord had scrambles for 8 and 5 yards. Holani took the snap as the wildcat quarterback on the TD. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 5:24. Wyoming 17, Boise State 17

Overtime

BSU — Sachse 28 field goal. Boise State 20, Wyoming 17

NEWS AND NOTES

Cord to start at QB

Sophomore Chase Cord will start at quarterback for Boise State against Wyoming, the school announced during pregame warmups. True freshman starter Hank Bachmeier, who has had hip and shoulder injuries in his past two games, wasn’t on the field for the quarterbacks’ initial warmups.

Bachmeier is expected to be in uniform, the school said.

Cord also started at BYU, the only game No. 21 Boise State (7-1) has lost this season. He was 18-for-30 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Broncos lost 28-25.

Wyoming also is without its starting quarterback. Sean Chambers is out for the season with a knee injury. Tyler Vander Waal is making his first start of the season.

Quick hits

Boise State wore all black. ... Senior guard Eric Quevedo was the single-game captain. ... Wide receiver Octavius Evans carried the Hammer for the second time this season. He had a big block on Avery Williams’ punt return for a touchdown at San Jose State. ... Boise State won the coin toss and deferred. ... Redshirt sophomore defensive end Aisa Kelemete (Highland High) pressured the quarterback on his first college snap in the first quarter. ...

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