Boise State ral­lies past Florida State behind fresh­man quar­ter­back

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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.

SATUR­DAY’S GAME

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.

FRI­DAY’S GAMES

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.

MARK WALLHEISER AP

Boise State quar­ter­back Hank Bach­meier rolls out to pass in the first half against Florida State in Tallahasse­e, Fla., on Satur­day.

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