Instant analysis: Green shows shoulder, cruises in Boise state


Stan Boise 49, Colorado 10

Quarterback Taylen Green passed 24-30, making a career-high 305 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos beat Barany and held their seat in the Mountain West Championship game.

Final score: Stan Boise 49, Colorado 10

Documentation: Boise State 6-2, 5-0 Mountain West. Colorado 2-6, 2-2.

Why the Broncos won: Boise State quarterback Taylen Green has proven she is not a one trick pony. Green – known more as an electric athlete than a precision passer – made 24 out of 30 passes for his career record 305 yards and two touchdowns. He added 13 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Broncos also figured they had a problem in the red zone and scored points on all seven of their journeys within the Colorado 20-yard line.

The Boise State defense also had another dominant appearance. Colorado State only scored the first three losses in three-quarters of the game, and the Rams ended the game 1 out of 12 on the third run. The Broncos scored five sacks, with the State of Colorado only managing just 170 yards of offensive – 76 of them in a single game.

Main take-away dishes: Boise State offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the quarterback whisper, and Boise State will be placed in the Mountain West Championship game. Green struggled to make the simplest passes just a month ago, but dodged the defenders and made deep passes with ease on Saturday night. He looked comfortable and confident in his pocket, and when he decided to run, he looked like the best athlete on the field.

The Broncos have had four wins in a row since losing to the 15-point underdog UTEP on September 23. They are the last team from Mountain West to be unbeaten in conference competition, and the rest of their league schedule is in Nevada on November 12, Wyoming on November 19, and at home against Utah State on November 25. Stan Boise will be favored to win all of them.

With running play that looked unstoppable in the last four games and defense that ranks among the best in the country in several categories, the Broncos need to be sure they have a chance to be in the conference title game. The championship match is scheduled for December 3rd. If everything goes as it is, it will be played at the Albertsons Stadium.

Player in the game: After missing last week’s Air Force game with an injury, Boise State runner George Holani posted his fourth game at 100 yards this season on Saturday. He had 108 yards on 21 stretches and pounced on three touchdowns, losing one timid tie of his career high which he set against San Jose State in 2019.

Game Statistics: Boise State held the Colorado State down to minus 14 yards in the first half, and the Rams ended the game with just 3 yards. This is the fourth time this season that the Broncos have allowed less than 100 yards to run in a game.

Game: Green left behind three defenders on the only quick landing of the day. At the start of the third quarter, he rigged the handover and ran to the left of the Broncos line. A rookie 6 feet 6 feet tall in a red jersey turned left, avoiding the striker near the faceoff line, backed right, causing another Aries to miss and make contact near the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown, giving Boise State 35-10 lead.

What’s next: Boise State will host BYU on Saturday, for the final installment of the annual competitive game, which begins in 2012. The game will air on either FS1 or FS2 and the start time is expected to be announced on Monday. The Cougars (4-5) are expected to officially join the Big 12 next year and have adjusted their non-conference schedule to align with the strict schedule of eight league matches.

Boise State has an 8-4 lead in their all-time streak against BYU in 2003. The Broncos went to Provo, Utah, and were eliminated from the tournament. 10 BYU 26-17 last season. The Cougars have lost four games in a row this year, including a 27-24 defeat against East Carolina on Friday.

This story was originally published October 29, 2022 20:27.

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Ron Counts is the author of the Boise State soccer beats for the Idaho Statesman. He is originally from Virginia and reported to James Madison University and the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman in 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @Ron_BroncoBeat


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