12/07 18:32 CST No. 19 Boise State tops Hawaii 31-10 for Mountain West title
No. 19 Boise State tops Hawaii 31-10 for Mountain West title
BOISE, Idaho (AP) --- Jaylon Henderson threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns
and ran for another score to lead No. 19 Boise State to a 31-10 victory over
Hawaii in the Mountain West championship game Saturday.
Boise State (12-1, No. 19 CFP) won its second conference title in three years,
beating Hawaii again this season after winning the Oct. 12th meeting, 59-37.
After rolling up 518 yards of offense in the first game, the Broncos leaned on
their defense in the rematch.
The Broncos made two defensive stands inside the 5, once in the second quarter
and another early in the third.
Hawaii (9-5) was making its first appearance in the title game. It enjoyed some
success through the air with Cole McDonald passing for 241 yards, but couldn't
overcome early problems in the red zone.
Henderson, a senior who began the season as the third string quarterback on the
depth chart, started the final four games of the season after both Hank
Bachmeier and Chase Cord suffered injuries.
The offense didn't seem to miss a beat with him at the helm.
Tied at 3 late in the first half, Boise State scored two touchdowns in a
53-second span on a pair of 36-yard touchdown strikes. He dropped the first one
into Khalil Shakir on a streak down the near sideline with 1:07 remaining in
Then after Boise State stuffed Hawaii to get the ball back with 38 seconds
remaining, Henderson fired a bullet to John Hightower, who made a leaping catch
as he was undercut but used his left hand to maintain his balance before racing
into the end zone.
Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors were denied their first 10-win season since 2010
when they finished 10-4. However, Hawaii has continued to improve under
fourth-year coach Nick Rolovich after suffering through five consecutive losing
seasons before his arrival. With McDonald returning next season along with the
team's top two rushers, Hawaii should be in the mix for the Mountain West title
Boise State: The Broncos might be left to wonder what could've been if they
don't get the nod from the playoff committee for the Group of Five's slot for
the New Year's Six bowl game. The lone blemish on Boise State's record came
against burgeoning rival BYU when sophomore Chase Cord made his first start in
place of the injured Bachmeier and the Broncos fell short, 28-25.
Bowl games to be determined.