“We did just enough,” said head coach Bryan Harsin about the Broncos’ close defeat of Wyoming.
The clock was winding down in regulation time and the Broncos had 36 seconds to bring the ball into field goal range when quarterback Chase Cord threw an interception, forcing the game into overtime.
That play summed up how the Broncos had been playing football all night: Sloppy. 285 yards and two turnovers later, the Broncos beat the Wyoming Cowboys 20-17 in overtime.
The Broncos’ first drive of the game was orchestrated flawlessly by Cord, who went 6-6 for 66 yards. He capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown to wide receiver Akilian Butler.
This flawless play on offense did not translate to the drives that proceeded.
Cord passed for only 10 more yards and the half concluded with only 120 yards of total offense,trailing the Cowboys 7-10. The Broncos could have been in a much worse situation going into the half if it was not for the performance of their defense.
DeAndre Pierce stopped a touchdown in open field and Curtis Weaver had back-to-back sacks that held Wyoming to a field goal.
The second half picked up right where the first half left off. Tight end Garret Collingham could not hold onto Cord’s pass, leading to yet another punt.
The Broncos punted twice on four possessions. The other possessions consisted of a George Holani fumble and a field goal from kicker Eric Sachse. Wyoming maintained their lead going into the fourth after running back Xazavian Valladay had a 21-yard touchdown.
Five minutes into the fourth, Boise State found the endzone for the first time since the first quarter. Khalil Shakir rushed the ball in from five yards out.
“I know I’ve said this before, I’m just happy the coaches have that confidence in me to go out there and do that and make a play,” Shakir said. “So, great execution by everybody and just like I said I’m thankful.”
The game was tied at 17-17 with 36 seconds left, and the ball was in the Cowboy’s hands going for it on 4-and-1.
The defense came up big again as Riley Whimpey got the fourth-down stop. The Broncos’ offense needed a big play of their own. A Cord interception and a Cowboys’ incompletion sent the game into overtime.
The Cowboys won the toss and elected to play defense against a Boise State offense that had struggled all night. The Broncos’ offense still could not get much going, but Sachse nailed the field goal from 28 yards out, putting the Broncos ahead in overtime.
“I think that was my first overtime game, so something new for me,” Sachse said. “But, I mean, I trust the guys, they put me in a great spot right there for a pretty easy field goal.”
The Cowboys could not answer, failing to connect on a field goal attempt. The field flooded with Broncos as they ran on the field to celebrate a win that seemed unlikely at many points of the game.
Boise State, now 8-1, returns to The Blue next Saturday, Nov. 16 for the final regular season home game of 2019 against the New Mexico Lobos.