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First shift

BSU – Jonah Dalmas 28 field goal, 10:17. Key pieces: Safety Tyreque Jones started this drive with an interception from Utah State QB Logan Bonner. The Broncos were forced to settle for a field goal when practice stalled on third-8s at Utah’s 15-yard line. Drive: 9 games, 47 yards, 3:48. State of Boise 3, State of Utah 0

BSU – Andrew Van Buren 2 run (Dalmas kick), 0:56. Key Plays: Riding the momentum of DT Scott Matlock’s blocked basket, Hank Bachmeier hit Khalil Shakir with a 69-yard pass on the first play to reach the Utah State 7-yard line. Drive: 3 games, 76 yards, 0:56. State of Boise 10, State of Utah 0

Third quarter

BSU – Khalil Shakir 3 assists from Hank Bachmeier (Dalmas kick), 9:32. Key pieces: Utah State gave the Broncos a great field position after attempting a false punt that resulted in an 8-yard loss. The Broncos took over on the Utah 18-yard line. Shakir also caught a 16-yard pass in the first play. Drive: 3 plays, 18 yards, 1:21. State of Boise 17, State of Utah 0

Fourth trimester

USU – Connor Coles 20 field goal, 14:03. Key pieces: Linebacker Ajani Carter set up this Utah State drive with an interception from Hank Bachmeier. The Aggies reached the BSU’s 7-yard line with a 28-yard passing play followed by a 41-yard rush. Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 2:54. State of Boise 17, State of Utah 3

BSU – Land goal of the Dalmas 32, 10:29. Key plays: On third and 5 of their own 30, Bachmeier connected with CT Thomas for a 24-yard reception. On the next play, George Holani interrupted a 19-yard run and a USU personal foul was added at the end of the run. Drive: 8 games, 60 yards, 3:34. State of Boise 20, State of Utah 3

BSU – Scott Matlock 3 assists from Hank Bachmeier (Dalmas kick), 5:09. Key pieces: Jackson Cravens’ strippers of Utah State quarterback Andrew Peasley, who was picked up by Demitri Washington, put the Broncos on the Utah State 15-yard line. George Holani’s 15-yard TD on the first play of the drive was canceled due to a hold penalty. Drive: 9 games, 15 yards, 4:23. State of Boise 27, State of Utah 3


Jones leaves injured

Redshirt senior safety Tyreque Jones knocked out Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner in the Aggies’ third game of the game.

It was Jones’ second interception of the season and the third of his career. The pick set up Jonah Damas’ 28-yard field goal.

But Jones left the field and entered the injury tent on Utah State’s second possession, and he was then shown on the CBS show walking to the locker room.

Broncos without a first offensive lineman

Boise State was without an offensive lineman starting on Saturday against Utah State, and the Broncos have no players absent due to COVID-19, the schedule announced shortly before kick-off.

Center Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez missed his fourth game in a row for undisclosed reasons. Sixth-year center Donte Harrington started in his stead.

Defensive tackle Divine Obichere, who joined the program last year as a college transfer, was also out for undisclosed reasons.

Pass rusher Aisa Kelemete (Highland High) is also on the inactive list. He announced on social media earlier this week that after the fifth operation of his career, he was stepping away from football.

Nose tackle Scale Igiehon remains out after taking time off from the team for personal reasons.

Crowe and Herberg announce NIL agreements

A pair of Boise State players from local high schools have had a pretty good week.

Running back Tyler Crowe (Skyview) and passing thrower Dylan Herberg (Timberline) – both of whom have joined the Broncos as substitutes – announced Wednesday that they have received full scholarships.

On Friday, they both announced sponsorship deals with Ridley’s Family Markets.

Crowe was named 5A CIS Player of the Year in his final season at Skyview after racking up 69 tackles in defense and recording 1,830 rushing yards, 495 receiving yards and 25 attacking touchdowns. He led Boise State with 45 rushing yards against UTEP.

Herberg took home all-state honors after recording 105 tackles, five interceptions and 15 tackles for losses in his final season at Timberline.

College football players can monetize their name, image, and likeness after the NCAA adopted an interim policy in July, as NIL laws came into effect in several states.

Shakir adds another chord

Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir also announced his latest sponsorship deal on Friday.

Shakir announced a deal with Crave Delivery by posting a photo on Instagram of himself and his teammates sitting around a picnic table for a meal.

Shakir announced his first sponsorship deal with Pro Image Sports last week.

Quick shots

The Broncos wore white jerseys, white pants and white helmets. … Team captains Khalil Shakir and Kekaula Kaniho have been joined by Shane Irwin and Jake Stetz as match captains. … Boise State won the toss and carried over to the second half. … Boise State was led down the field by safety JL Skinner, who carried Dan Paul Hammer …. The Boise State defense went five straight scoreless quarterbacks between the Oklahoma State second half and the first three quarters against Utah State. The last time this happened was 2017 in the second to fourth quarters against BYU and the first half against SDSU.

The Boise State football team have won 21 straight conference opener games. The Broncos are trying to reach 22nd place when they face Utah State today. And they’ll be looking for their sixth straight win over the Aggies in Mountain West action.

Boise State’s most recent loss in a league opener was a 17-10 loss to North Texas in 1999, when the Broncos were in the Big West. The Broncos are 38-13 all-time in opening the conference.


Saturday’s game will be broadcast SCS. It’s channel 2 on Sparklight and DirecTV and 5251 on Dish Network.


When: 10am Saturday

Or: Maverik Stadium (25 513, AstroTurf), Logan, Utah

TV: CBS (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, Sherree Burris)

Radio: KBOI 670 AM / KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)

Recordings: State of Boise 1-2; Utah State 3-0

Series: Boise State is 20-5 against Utah State. The Broncos have won the last five, including a 42-13 victory last fall in the season opener.

Vegas Line: Boise State by 9

Time: 56 degrees at kickoff, sunny, 0% chance of rain, 3mph winds


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This story was originally published September 25, 2021 9:17 a.m.

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