The Broncos virtually turned Albertsons Stadium into a playground against Portland State on Saturday, Sept. 14. Their overall domination on both sides of the ball created an atmosphere of backyard football. Portland had little to no time to rest as the Broncos kept them on their toes with dynamic plays by the offense, defense and special teams.
Per usual, the Broncos’ starting line-up consistently made big plays. Curtis Weaver, the renowned junior STUD, came up with four sacks against Davis Alexander in an ongoing chase, which he said resembled “Tom and Jerry.”
Alongside Weaver on defense, sophomore safety Tyreque Jones held down the fort with one sack and continuous pressure on Portland.
True freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier went 16-25 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver John Hightower went off with a 98-yard punt return and a 23-yard reception, both resulting in Bronco touchdowns. Junior wide receiver CT Thomas caught two touchdown passes, including a 5-yard pass tipped off by the defense.
Further along in the game, head coach Bryan Harsin debuted ten non-starters. Play by play, it became evident that the Broncos’ roster is full of talent beyond the starting line up. Jones expressed his excitement to watch the new boys “develop and see the work that they’ve put in show itself on the field.” Such athletes that excelled include Chase Cord and Stefan Cobbs.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chase Cord proved he has the ability to lead the Boise State offense. Despite his recent ACL injury, Cord relied heavily on his legs while scrambling in the pocket and gaining significant yardage on carries. Before Harsin subbed him in as quarterback, Cord ran into the endzone for a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
Passing-wise, Cord went 5-10 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. His 33-yard touchdown pass to CT Thomas in the third quarter displayed his arm accuracy. Boise State fans can rest assured knowing that Cord is more than capable to fill Bachmeier’s shoes and his fellow teammates believe in him as well.
“It was good to see Chase get in to make a couple of plays because we know what that guy can do,” Thomas said.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Stephan Cobbs made an impressive debut against Portland State. Cobbs not only made his first college career catch, but he ran that very same ball into the endzone for his first touchdown with the Broncos.
According to Harsin, this isn’t the last Bronco fans will see of Cobbs.
“For a guy like Stef, that opportunity gives him a taste,” Harsin said. “Then you fully expect the guy’s gonna come out and be even better.”
After their performance on Saturday, the possibility exists that these players will return to the field in the face-off with Air Force at home on Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m.