Boise State sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols scored three more touchdowns Friday night against Idaho State — giving him eight this season.
McNichols scored the Broncos’ first six touchdowns of the season, a program record, until fellow tailback Devan Demas scored in the first quarter.
The Boise State single-season record for touchdowns is 32 shared by Jay Ajayi (2014) and Brock Forsey (2002). Ajayi had four TDs through three games that year; Forsey had three.
McNichols is on pace for 37 touchdowns in a 14-game schedule.
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Weird first-half finish
Idaho State tried to break up the shutout with a 26-yard field goal by Zak Johnson late in the first half. He missed wide left. Idaho State argued that Boise State had too many players on the field. After replay review, the Broncos were flagged for an illegal substitution. Idaho State appeared to snap the ball after the play clock expired, too, but that wasn’t called.
Idaho State got a first down at the 4-yard line with 6 seconds left. Coach Mike Kramer decided to go for the touchdown. QB Michael Sanders threw an incomplete pass toward the right corner of the end zone and the clock expired. But with half of each team off the field, the officials decided to review the clock.
Two seconds were added and Idaho State tried for the TD again. Sanders tried the left side this time, but defensive end Kamalei Correa dropped into his throwing lane and ruined the slant pass Sanders threw.
Vallejo blocks two kicks
Boise State junior middle linebacker Tanner Vallejo blocked a punt and field goal on consecutive drives in the third quarter. The punt was more of a botched kick that hit Vallejo 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. He busted through the line to block the 36-yard field-goal attempt moments later.
Broncos go orange-blue-orange
Boise State unveiled a new uniform combo for the game: orange helmets, blue jerseys and orange pants. The Broncos went 0-2 in the orange helmets last season. They debuted for the Ole Miss game and were worn again for the Air Force game.
McNair added to injured list
Boise State junior defensive end Gabe Perez and sophomore wide receiver D.J. Dean missed their third straight game with injuries. Senior defensive end Rondell McNair also missed the game.
Averill replaces Lewis on O-line
Boise State juggled the offensive line after sophomore right tackle Archie Lewis struggled last week at BYU. Junior Mario Yakoo moved from left guard to right tackle. Junior Travis Averill, who started every game last season but was suspended for the season opener this year and didn’t start in the second game, stepped in at left guard. Averill was the left guard last year.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and Athletic Director Curt Apsey will speak at the Bronco Luncheon Series at noon Monday in the Student Union Building. Tickets are $15 at BroncoAthleticAssociation.com. ... Senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes and senior linebacker Tyler Gray were the Broncos’ single-game captains. ... Former safety Marty Tadman was the honorary captain. ... Linebacker Darren Lee carried the Hammer. ... Boise State won the coin toss and took the ball. ... Boise State senior tight end Holden Huff caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, his first TD since the 2012 bowl game vs. Washington.