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Boise State Broncos: A victory and movement in week 8 Coaches Poll

The old saying “three quarterbacks are better than one” came to fruition for the Boise State Broncos on Saturday night at Albertson’s Stadium.

Okay, well, it might not be an old saying but Boise State showed they certainly have three quarterbacks capable of leading this team in a 59-37 victory over Hawai’i.



Freshman Hank Bachmeier took a hard hit on a run in the second quarter Saturday night and did not return. Both Chase Cord and Jaylon Henderson ran the offense for the rest of the game and both performed admirably. Cord was 12-18 for 175 yards and 3 touchdown passes while Henderson was 6-10 for 82 yards and touchdown pass of his own.

Before leaving with the injury, Bachmeier was 3-9 for 58 yards, 26 of which came on a touchdown strike to John Hightower.

Hightower had another outstanding game, hauling in 7 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Mahone and George Holani also had touchdown runs, combining for 138 yards on the ground. Holani also had two receiving touchdowns.

The victory kept the Broncos (6-0, 3-0) undefeated and moved them up to no. 13 in the Coaches Poll. They held strong at no. 14 in the AP Poll, as the Broncos were jumped by the Utah Utes (5-1)

Next up for the Boise State Broncos is a visit to Provo and a game on 10/19 with the BYU Cougars. Kickoff is set for 8:15 pm on ESPN2.

Other Group of 5 notables

Cincinnati (5-1) defeated Houston 38-23 and entered the Coaches Poll at no. 21. The Bearcats moved up four spots in the AP, from no. 25 to no. 21.

The Memphis Tigers (5-1) suffered their first loss of the year, falling to the Temple Owls (5-1). Temple entered the Coaches Poll this week at no. 25 and is not ranked in the AP top-25.



Appalachian State (5-0) out of the Sun Belt Conference has also entered the top-25, ranking no. 24 in both polls.

SMU (6-0) had a bye week and is ranked no. 19 in both polls.

AP Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Auburn
  12. Oregon
  13. Utah
  14. Boise State
  15. Texas
  16. Michigan
  17. Arizona State
  18. Baylor
  19. SMU
  20. Minnesota
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Missouri
  23. Iowa
  24. Appalachian State
  25. Washington

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. LSU
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Auburn
  12. Oregon
  13. Boise State
  14. Utah
  15. Texas
  16. Michigan
  17. Arizona State
  18. Baylor
  19. SMU
  20. Minnesota
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Iowa
  23. Washington
  24. Appalachian State
  25. Temple

How Boise State’s opponents fared

  • Florida State (3-3): lost to Clemson 45-14
  • Marshall (3-3): defeated Old Dominion 31-17
  • Portland State (4-3): defeated Idaho 24-0
  • Air Force (4-2, 2-1): defeated Fresno State 43-24
  • UNLV (2-4, 0-2): defeated Vanderbilt 34-10
  • BYU (2-4): lost to S. Florida 27-23
  • San Jose State (3-3, 1-2): lost to Nevada 41-38
  • Wyoming (4-2, 1-1): lost to San Diego State 26-22
  • New Mexico (2-4, 0-2): lost to Colorado State 35-21
  • Utah State (3-2, 2-0): Bye
  • Colorado State (2-5, 1-2): defeated New Mexico 35-21

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About Jason Haskins

Jason Haskins
Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more: jason-haskins.com

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