As Boise State approaches the end zone, it is more and more obvious Jeremy McNichols is getting the ball. But even with that knowledge, good luck stopping him.
The sophomore running back had touchdown runs of 13 and 15 yards in Saturday’s 55-0 rout of Hawaii at Albertsons Stadium, bringing his season total to 12, which after Saturday’s games ranks No. 1 in the nation.
McNichols, who had 32 touches as a receiver/running back last season as a true freshman, had his first career 100-yard rushing game against the Rainbow Warriors, picking up 108 yards on 20 attempts, exiting early in the third quarter after the Broncos built a 52-0 lead. His previous best was his 89-yard performance Sept. 4 against Washington to open the season. On the season, McNichols has 83 carries for 381 yards, with 10 rushing scores and a pair of receiving scores.
Boise State ran for 279 yards in the win.
“We got movement up front, our offensive line is starting to get in a groove,” offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said. “I probably called more runs, which is the biggest thing, letting those guys settle in ... for the most part, we were able to get on the perimeter against these guys.”
With seven regular season games remaining, McNichols is already just four touchdowns shy of cracking Boise State’s top-10 for total touchdowns in a season.
His pair of touchdowns pushed the Broncos’ leads to 14-0 on his 13-yarder, and 49-0 on the 15-yarder, which came 4 seconds before halftime. All but one of his touchdowns has come when Boise State is inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.