BRONCOS CLINCH PERFECT MOUNTAIN WEST SEASON

BY KTIK STAFF AND BSU MEDIA SERVICES

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Boise State quarterback Jaylon Henderson won his third straight game by producing three touchdowns, and the 20th-ranked Broncos defeated Colorado State 31-24 on Friday afternoon to clinch the first 8-0 Mountain West season in program history.

The Broncos, who scored on their first four possessions, and won from behind for the seventh time this season, complete their regular season 11-1.

Henderson, the senior transfer who started the season third on the depth chart, tossed TD passes to CT Thomas (5 yards) and Garrett Collingham (3). Henderson added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth. He is 57-of-92 for 732 yards, with eight TDs, one interception and 103 rushing yards gained (one rushing TD) in wins over New Mexico, Utah State and Colorado State. The Broncos have outscored opponents 129-54 during that span.

Collingham also had a 2-yard scoring run, Curtis Weaver and Tyreque Jones had interceptions, and defensive tackle David Moa had a late sack to help seal the victory.

Colorado State outgained Boise State 379-344, but fell to 0-9 all-time against the Broncos.

NOTES: Boise State beat Hawaii 59-37 on Oct. 12 in Boise; Hawaii hosts Army on Saturday night before heading to Boise for the MW title game. … Boise State has posted 11 or more wins in two of the last three seasons, and three times under coach Bryan Harsin. The Broncos have won at least 11 games in eight of the last 12 years and 12 of the last 18. … The Broncos closed the regular season with two consecutive road victories for the first time since 1968. They won five games in November for the first time since 2008. …  Boise State committed zero turnover in back-to-back games for the first time this season. … The Broncos recorded multiple interceptions in a game for the first time this year. … Boise State scored a touchdown on each of its four trips into the red zone. The Broncos have scored on their last 25 red-zone opportunities (21 TD, 4 FG). … Freshman JL Skinner made his first career start at nickel/linebacker. … The Broncos scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the fourth straight week and eighth time this season. … With senior Eric Sachse’s 39-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the first half, Boise State has scored in the final minute of 10 straight road games. … Sophomore wide receiver Khalil Shakir caught seven passes for 103 yards, his second 100-yard receiving game of the
season and his career.

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