Boise State vs. Oregon State – Game Recap – September 3, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Chance Nolan had two touchdowns and the Oregon State defense forced five turnovers in a 34-17 season-opening win over Boise State on Saturday.

The Beavers, hoping to capitalize on their first appearance in a game last season since 2013, took control early behind their opportunistic defense and some big plays offensively.

Oregon State snapped its six-game losing streak in the opening games of the season.

Boise State got a boost off the bench from quarterback Taylen Green, who replaced an ineffective Hank Bachmeier and sparked a second-half comeback.

Bachmeier, a fourth-year starter, was taken out in the second quarter and did not return after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. He didn’t play in the second half.

Green showed promise, especially as a rusher with 102 yards rushing. His 74-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter cut Oregon State’s lead to 27-10. He also scored on a 4-yard guard early in the fourth quarter that took Boise State to 27-17.

With the Beavers’ offense neutral, shorts specialist Jack Colletto broke away in the middle on a third-and-2 play for a 41-yard touchdown with 10:39 left to provide the final margin of victory. .

The Beavers opened the scoring on tight end Luke Musgrave’s 26-yard touchdown, which followed Bachmeier’s second interception in the first quarter.

After a three-and-out by Boise State, Nolan hit Tyjon Lindsey for a 47-yard touchdown, giving Oregon State a 14-0 lead at 1:15 of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Bachmeier’s sack by Riley Sharp forced a fumble that Colletto recovered at the Broncos’ 6-yard line. The Boise State defense held and Everett Hayes threw a 23-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0.

The Broncos sniffed out their best scoring opportunity in the first half when Ashton Jeanty lost a fumble at the Beavers 2-yard line.

A 74-yard catch-and-run from Anthony Gould set up Deshaun Fenwick’s 5-yard touchdown to increase the Beavers’ lead to 24-0 at the break.

Nolan was intercepted early in the third quarter on a side pass that he appeared to be trying to throw out of bounds. Despite taking over on the Beavers 25-yard line, Boise State settled for a 41-yard field goal from Jonah Dalmas to get on the scoreboard.

A 41-yard pass from wide receiver John Dunmore to Trey Lowe led to Hayes’ 24-yard field goal and a 27-3 Beavers lead, but Green’s long touchdown run brought the Broncos to life.

TAKES IT AWAY

Boise State: Is it time for the Taylen Green era at quarterback? Backmeier struggled mightily. Green is a work in progress as a passer, but he gives the Broncos another dimension with his running ability and speed. Will Backmeier rebound or could there be a quarterback controversy?

Oregon State: The Beavers defense was superb in the first half, forcing four turnovers that were instrumental in building a big lead. Nolan, a starter returning to quarterback, showed his big-play ability in the passing game, but he was also intercepted twice. Avoiding turnovers will be a priority for Nolan going forward.

NEXT

Boise State: The Broncos will play in New Mexico on Saturday.

Oregon State: The Beavers will play at Fresno State on Saturday.

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