BOISE — In his second career start at Boise State, Chase Cord led the Broncos on a long scoring drive on Boise State’s first possession.
But just like his first start against BYU, it took the Broncos a while to start moving the ball again.
Boise State’s offense, which was averaging 469.3 yards per game entering Saturday, was limited to 285 yards, but it was enough for the Broncos to come away with a 20-17 overtime win against Wyoming.
“Chase is a tough dude,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “That guy's a tough dude. That guy has got my absolute respect and I love that about him.”
Cord was announced as the starter roughly 45 minutes before the game kicked off, although Harsin said he had been taking reps with the first team for most of the week. Hank Bachmeier, who was injured last week against San Jose State and missed a few plays, was dressed and on the sidelines, but did not participate in warmups and did not appear in the game. Harsin said Bachmeier was held out due to injury, but provided no additional detail.
Bachmeier met with the media this week for the first time since arriving on campus, but made no mention of any new injury and gave no hint that he might not be able to appear in the game.
Cord finished the game with 190 yards on 19-of-31 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
“He's been ready all week, getting himself geared up to go out there in practice,” Harsin said. “He took the majority of the reps this week.”
In his first drive, Cord had 66 yards on 6-of-6 passing, with six different receivers catching passes. It culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Akilian Butler. It was a 12-play, 92-yard scoring drive, but the Broncos struggled to move the ball for the rest of the first half.
Boise State picked up just 28 total yards in its next three possessions, with just one first down, as the Broncos were forced to punt the ball away three times.
“It just comes down to us, our execution on every play,” wide receiver Khalil Shakir said. “Some plays we didn't execute, and some we did. They (Wyoming's defense) held their own and they did their job. I'm just happy we came out on top.”
After another three-and-out to start the second half, Cord finally got going, completing back-to-back passes for a combined 63 yards. But after that, he had four straight incomplete passes, as Boise State had to settle for a 40-yard field goal from Eric Sachse.
After a pair of three-and-outs and a fumble which set up a Wyoming touchdown, the Broncos were able to start moving the ball again.
Cord went 3 for 3 with 28 passing yards during a fourth quarter touchdown drive which tied the game at 17-17, but he was also able to do damage with his legs. Cord had three rushes for 16 yards on the drive, including a pair of runs which resulted in first downs. His 3-yard run on third-and-1 put Boise State in a first-and-goal situation and two plays later, Shakir ran it in from five yards out.
“When you see a quarterback running like that and putting his body out there to get first downs and make big runs, it just makes me want to do my job 10 times better,” said Shakir. “So to see him doing that I'm just grateful for him and what he did today.”
In its three scoring drives in regulation, Boise State had 208 yards and 12 first downs. In its other seven drives, the Broncos were held to 63 yards and two first downs. Boise State finished the game with a season-low 91 rushing yards and an average of 3.2 yards per carry
“That's disappointing and that's not the standard that we're trying to achieve with those guys up front,” Harsin said. “And I know they feel the same way. I didn't think we won that battle up front and we need to be better. We do have a veteran crew and we should be better that that and we should be able to make better adjustments as an offensive staff and better adjustments as players, too.:
Cord got his first career start in the 28-25 loss to BYU on Oct. 19 after Bachmeier had left the game with a hip pointer the previous game against Hawaii.
On his first drive against the Cougars, Cord led the Broncos to a nine-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. He finished the game with 185 yards on 18 of 31 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.