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Live blog: Boise State football team holds off Hawaii

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                                Matthew Shipley’s 27-yard field goal puts UH ahead, 3-0, in the first quarter.

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    Matthew Shipley’s 27-yard field goal puts UH ahead, 3-0, in the first quarter.

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                                Hawaii’s Chevan Cordeiro throws in the first quarter.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii’s Chevan Cordeiro throws in the first quarter.

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                                Hank Bachmeier looks to throw in the first quarter for Boise State.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hank Bachmeier looks to throw in the first quarter for Boise State.

Final

Hawaii’s frenetic rally falls short as Boise State, after 4 minutes of review, is awarded a drama-ending first down, clinching 40-32 victory at Aloha Stadium.

The Warriors scored 15 unanswered points to close to 40-32 with 4:52 to play.

The Broncos advanced to the UH 33, where they faced a fourth-and-3. Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier was flushed from pocket and sprinted toward the first-down marker on the right sideline Bachmeier was initially ruled to have been knocked out at the 29, a yard short of the first down, with 1:53 to play. But after a review, it was ruled Bachmeier exited at the 28. A measurement showed Bachmeier had made the first down. The Broncos then went into the victory formation to run out the clock on their ninth consecutive victory over the Warriors.

9:35 p.m.

The Warriors have scored 15 unanswered points to make this a one-possession deficit.

Jared Smart hauled in a 4-yard fade from Chevan Cordeiro to close the Warriors to 40-30 with 4:52 to play. Then Calvin Turner sprinted around right end — untouched — on the 2-point coversion. Turner has accounted for 22 of the Warriors’ points — three TDs and two conversion runs.

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9:10 p.m.

Calvin Turner’s third touchdown of the second half — a 15-yarder from Chevan Cordeiro — cuts the UH deficit to 40-24 with 9:56 to play.

8:55 p.m.

Fun fact: On average, a UH game takes 8 minutes longer at Aloha Stadium than on the road.

Boise State takes a 40-17 lead into the final quarter.

The Broncos have out-gained the Warriors, 354 yards to 277, with a 249-149 advantage in passing.

8:45 p.m.

The Broncos’ third touchdown in 7 minutes, 16 seconds, boosts their lead to 40-17 with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

This time, Andrew Van Buren went 11 yards for the TD. It came a play when an apparent lost fumble by Van Buren was not called.

8:35 p.m.

The Warriors strike back, relying on one of their best playmakers.

Calvin Turner catches a swing pass from Chevan Cordeiro, who was clobbered after making the throw, and sprints 36 yards along the left sideline for a touchdown. Turner, as the wildcat quarterback, then scores on the 2-point run to close UH to 33-17 with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

8:25 p.m.

It’s Avery Williams who is central to another Boise State touchdown.

After going 99 yards for a TD on a kickoff return, soon after Williams returns a punt 36 yards to the UH 26. Three plays later, Andrew Van Buren sprints 11 yards around left end to increase BSU’s lead to 33-9 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

8:15 p.m.

Avery Williams takes the kickoff, fakes a throwback and then fast-forwards 99 yards for a touchdown to extend the Broncos’ lead to 26-9 with 10:54 left in the third quarter.

It was the first kickoff for a TD UH has allowed in three years.

8:10 p.m.

Calvin Turner, aligning as the wildcat quarterback, goes 1 yard for a touchdown to close UH to 19-9 with 11:09 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was a yard short on the two-point attempt.

7:45 p.m.

Boise State leads, 19-3, at the intermission.

Despite scrappy play by UH’s defense — a red-zone stand and an interception — the Broncos have controlled the stat book.

The Broncos have an advantage in yards (239 to 119), and creativity. The Broncos’ second TD came on wideout CT Thomas’ 3-yard option toss to Khalil Shakir.

UH’s Chevan Cordeiro is 10 of 21 for 50 yards. UH receivers dropped four passes.

7:30 p.m.

It would not be a Boise State offense if not for a trick play. CT Thomas sprints left on the jet sweep, then lofts a left-handed toss to Khalil Shakir in the end zone for the 3-yard TD.

BSU leads, 19-3, with 54 seconds left in the first half.

7:20 p.m.

The Broncos take a 12-3 lead on 38-yard scoring pass from Hank Bachmeier to Khalil Shakir. Shakir to make the leaping grab at the 12, eluded cornerback Cortez Davis on the landing, and ran into the end zone with 5:11 left in the half.

UH’s Jonah Laulu blocked the extra-point kick.

6:55 p.m.

The Broncos go ahead, 6-3, on Jonah Dalmas’ second field goal, this time from 42 yards, with 10:09 left in the half.

The Broncos let slip another bigger play when CT Thomas droppped a sure touchdown pass at the threshold of the end zone earlier in the drive.

6:45 p.m.

It’s all tied at 3 after one quarter.

The Broncos actually had a chance to take a 7-3 lead, but Andrew Van Buren’s TD run was nullified because of a chop block. The Broncos ended up settling for a field goal. It was the first time this season the Broncos did not score a TD on a red-zone drive. They were 12-for-12 previously.

6:40 p.m.

The Broncos tie it at 3 on freshman Jonah Dalmas’ field goal from 32 yards with 1:13 to play in the first quarter.

The drive was fueled a 55-yard, catch-and-sprint play from Hank Bachmeier to CT Thomas. Thomas eluded two would-be tackles on the post route.

6:25 p.m.

For the first time this season, the Warriors are the first team to score.

Matthew Shipley’s 27-yard field goal puts UH ahead, 3-0, with 4:36 to play.

PREGAME

A (one-sided) rivalry continues today when Boise State and Hawaii meet at Aloha Stadium.

The Broncos have won the past eight in this series.

Last week, 14 Broncos were held out — nine for testing positive for COVID-19, five for contact tracing.

BSU officials indicated many will return for tonight’s game, although an exact number has not been announced.

But Hank Bachmeier, who returned last week after being released from isolation, is expected to take snaps in the Broncos’ multiple-motion, eclectic offense. Despite using four quarterbacks this season and being without star running back George Holani the past 11 quarters, the Broncos are averaging 40 points per game. Their quarterbacks have combined for 65% accuracy.

Three of the Warriors’ first four games were on the road. Three of their final four will be at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors’ next three opponents are a combined 12-0 in league play.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

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