Boise State rallies past Florida State behind freshman quarterback
Hank Bachmeier tossed a third-quarter TD pass and Robert Mahone had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth and Boise State rallied from an 18-point deficit to knock off Florida State 36-31 on Saturday in a game moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee with an earlier start time due to Hurricane Dorian.
Florida State lost its season opener for the third straight time.
Bachmeier, a true freshman, was pounded early by Florida State’s defensive front but threw for 407 yards as Boise State defeated a Power 5 team for the sixth time since the 2014 season. It was the most passing yards by a Boise State first-time starting quarterback.
James Blackman had three touchdown passes in the first half as Florida State took a 24-6 lead with 10:53 left. Blackman finished completing 23 of 33 passes for 327 yards but the Seminoles were held scoreless after halftime.
His third touchdown pass, a 58-yard toss to Keyshawn Helton, put the Seminoles up 31-13 with 4:07 left in the second quarter. Bachmeier connected with Khalil Shakir on an 11-yard touchdown, Eric Sachse had a pair of field goals and Mahone then put the Broncos ahead with his plunge with 12:44 to go.
Air Force 48, Colgate 7: Donald Hammond III scored three of Air Force’s seven rushing touchdowns and the Falcons ran their record to 24-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision by beating Colgate 48-7 on Saturday.
Kadin Remsberg added two scores for Air Force, which moved to 13-0 in season openers under coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons didn’t throw a pass until the third quarter – their only attempt of the game. There was no need to air it out as they amassed 423 yards on the ground. Fullback Taven Birdow gained 80 yards to lead a balanced rushing attack.
Nevada 34, Purdue 31: After trailing 24-7 at halftime, Carson Strong, the first freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Nevada since 1998, led the Wolf Pack to a victory against Purdue for the second win against a Big Ten team in program history.
Colorado 52, Colorado State 31: Tailback Alex Fontenot scored three second-half touchdowns and safety Mikial Onu intercepted two passes as Colorado beat Colorado State in Mel Tucker’s head coaching debut for the Buffaloes.
Wake Forest 38, Utah State 35: With 1:08 left, Jamie Newman threw a high-arching pass to the end zone and senior slot receiver Kendall Hinton came down with the winning touchdown.
Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier rolls out to pass in the first half against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday.