Oregon State Defeats Boise State 34-17 Because To Nolan’s Leadership

In a 34-17 win over Boise State on Saturday, Chance Nolan passed for two touchdowns and Oregon State’s defense forced five errors.

The Beavers seized control early on thanks to their opportunistic defense and a couple of huge plays on offense, seeking to build on their first bowl game berth since 2013.

In the season’s first games, Oregon State ended a six-game losing run.

Nolan, who completed 14 of 23 throws for 251 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, said that winning the first game at home “really sort of gets the season into action.”

Taylen Green, the backup quarterback who came in for the ineffective Hank Bachmeier, gave Boise State a boost off the bench and helped them mount a second-half comeback.

Fourth-year starter Bachmeier was taken out of the game in the second quarter after throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble.

With 102 yards on the ground, Green particularly impressed as a rusher. Late in the third quarter, he scored on a 74-yard touchdown run, cutting Oregon State’s advantage to 27-10. Early in the fourth quarter, he also scored on a 4-yard keeper to pull Boise State within 27-17.

Green made 19 of his 28 completions for 155 yards and one interception.

Andy Avalos, the Boise State coach, noted that replacing Bachmeier required “some adjustment.” “Taylen provided us a spark and got us moving when we were able to throw him in there and give him his chance to run the offense.”

Jack Colletto, a short-yardage specialist, broke loose up the middle on a third-and-2 play for a 41-yard touchdown with 10:39 left in the game to give the winning margin.

To the Broncos’ 311 total yards, Oregon State had 470 total yards.

Coach Jonathan Smith of Oregon State was “very happy with the effort, aggressiveness on both sides of the ball, and tackling and rushing and playing with intensity.”

After Bachmeier’s second interception of the first quarter, the Beavers’ first touchdown came on tight end Luke Musgrave’s 27-yard touchdown reception.

At 1:15 of the first quarter, Nolan connected with Tyjon Lindsey for a 47-yard touchdown, giving Oregon State a 14-0 lead after Boise State went three-and-out.

Riley Sharp’s sack of Bachmeier early in the second quarter resulted in a fumble, which Colletto recovered at the Broncos’ 6-yard line. Everett Hayes made a field goal from 23 yards out to make the score 17-0 after Boise State’s defense held firm.

Ashton Jeanty’s fumble loss at the Beavers’ 2-yard line cost the Broncos their best chance to score in the first half.

Deshaun Fenwick’s 12-yard touchdown was made possible by Anthony Gould’s 74-yard catch and run, extending the Beavers’ advantage to 24-0 at the half.

Early in the third quarter, Nolan attempted to throw a sideline ball out of bounds but it was intercepted. Boise State took possession on the Beavers’ 25-yard line but opted for a goal from Jonah Dalmas of 41 yards to put points on the board.

The Beavers led 27-3 after a wide receiver, John Dunmore, to Trey Lowe connection of 41 yards, but Green’s long touchdown run gave the Broncos hope.

Turnovers, according to Oregon State safety Jaydon Grant, who also had an interception and forced a fumble, made the difference.

Grant opined, “I think that each time you take the ball away, it’s huge.”

THE TAKEWAY

Oregon State Defeats Boise State 34-17
Oregon State Defeats Boise State 34-17

Boise State: Is Taylen Green’s Turn at Quarterback Finally Here?

Bachmeier fought valiantly. Green’s passing talent is still developing, but his running ability and quickness provide the Broncos with another dimension. Will Bachmeier recover, or may a quarterback controversy be developing?

Oregon State: The Beavers’ first-half defense was outstanding, causing four turnovers that were crucial in establishing a sizable lead. Nolan, a veteran starter at quarterback, made two interceptions in addition to showing off his ability to make huge plays in the throwing game. Moving ahead, Nolan will make preventing turnovers a top goal.

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