Green accounts for five TDs in 42-23 Boise State victory over USU – Cache Valley Daily


Boise State wide receiver Latrell Caples (7) splits the Utah State defense at the goal line for a 50 yard touchdown reception in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Taylen Green threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another, Boise State’s defense intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter, and the Broncos staved off a late rally to defeat Utah State 42-23 on Friday afternoon.

Boise State (9-3, 8-0), which finished undefeated in conference play for the third time in four years, will host Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game on Dec. 3.

Utah State (6-6, 5-3) has lost 19 of the last 20 games against Boise State, last winning in Boise in 1996.

Despite the lopsided final score, the Aggies had a chance to steal the game, driving to the Boise State 11 with less than two minutes to go before the wheels came off.

Cooper Legas, who finished 23 of 40 passing for 306 yards and rushed for 51 more, rallied Utah State to within 28-23 before throwing a pair of interceptions in the game’s final 1:28, including a pick six.

Green, who completed 14-of-23 passes for 224 yards, iced the game for the Broncos with a 91-yard scoring run with 1:09 remaining. Seyi Oladipo intercepted Legas’s final pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown with 31 seconds left.

George Holani added 82 yards on the ground for Boise State. Calvin Tyler Jr. led Utah State with 65 yards rushing.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: The Aggies finished third in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division, exactly where they were picked to finish. Considering they lost senior starting quarterback Logan Bonner to injury midway through the season, winning three of their final four games to get bowl eligible will bode well for coach Blake Anderson next season, his third season at the helm of the program.

Boise State: It’s no secret that the midseason hiring of former NFL and Boise State coach Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator sparked the Broncos’ offensive turnaround. In the offseason, coach Andy Avalos’ must find a replacement for Koetter, who stated he was only taking the position in an interim capacity.

However, Avalos shouldn’t have a shortage of eager candidates with the return of emerging stars quarterback Taylen Green and running back Ashton Jeanty.

UP NEXT

Utah State is bowl eligible and will await its bid to learn of its next opponent.

Boise State will host Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Mountain West Conference championship game.







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