Saturday night the Blue Turf met backup QB’s and the results were relatively predictable as a defensive-minded slugfest broke out between No. 22 Boise State and conference rival Wyoming in a huge Mountain West showdown.
While we knew that the Cowboys would be going with Tyler Vander Waal after previous starter Sean Chambers was lost for the year with a knee injury, it was a bit more surprising to see Chase Cord make his second start of the season for the Broncos as freshman Hank Bachmeier was “banged up” and sat on the sidelines suited up but didn’t see any action as his team trailed 10-7 at the halftime break.
Cord did open the game by leading a touchdown drive and finishing with 76 yards on 9-of-10 passing plus the lone score but that initial flourish was all the team had to write home about on the offensive side of the football. John Hightower was the only player with any success rushing the football (38 yards) but there were mostly just three-and-outs down the stretch.
Things weren’t a whole lot better for Wyoming but at least they got things going in the second quarter a bit. Vander Waal had to scramble on nearly every play but did post 90 yards through the air and moved the ball enough to help secure a late field goal for the lead.
There are big MWC division and Group of Five implications on the line in this one and it appears we’re in store for an interesting second half from Boise as a result.