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Drama-filled week leads to boring Boise State win

Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter

A win is a win, regardless of how boring the game was.

Despite this past week’s quarterback controversy, Boise State secured their first victory of the season against New Mexico 31-14 on Friday, Sept. 9.

The Broncos played redshirt freshman Taylen Green near the start of the second quarter against Oregon State after senior quarterback Hank Bachmeier had three turnovers in six drives.

This decision left fans and media split on whether Green or Bachmeier should start this week. The Broncos announced that they will be sticking with their four-year starter against the Lobos.

This proved to be a wise decision.

Bachmeier started off slow in the first quarter going three of five for 44 yards. He gained momentum after throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore Latrell Caples on the first play of the second quarter.

Bachmeier threw two more touchdown passes to freshman running back Ashton Jeanty and Caples in the second half of the game.

The quarterback ended the game completing 16 of his 27 (59%) passes for 170 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 141.4 passer rating.

The Boise State defense had a strong showing throughout the game after holding New Mexico to 123 yards and one touchdown. The team also recorded six sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

The Bronco special teams scored a touchdown on a Lobos-blocked punt for the second consecutive year as well.

The team will get ready for their first home game of the season against the UT-Martin Skyhawks on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Boise State football players run onto the field holding an American flag and a flag that says "Bleed Blue"
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter
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