BSU vs Marshall FOOTBALL

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin communicates from the sidelines as the Broncos drive against Marshall during college football action at Albertsons Stadium, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

Here's how Idaho Press Boise State beat writer B.J. Rains and sports columnist Mike Prater graded a 14-7 win over Marshall:

OFFENSE

Rains: C

Boise State scored just 14 points and committed two turnovers on offense. They had 437 yards but struggled to run the ball until a fourth-quarter explosion from George Holani. Freshman Hank Bachmeier passed for 282 yards, but was intercepted and lost a fumble.

Prater: C+

Frustrating struggle, but BSU pulled off just enough plays to make it work (mostly via Hank Bachmeier). The run game\OL looked soft. Remember, the Broncos played without top receiver CT Thomas and top back Robert Mahone (didn't play after the second quarter). 

DEFENSE

Rains: A

Another amazing second half from Boise State’s defense. A week after allowing just 68 yards, four first downs and no points to Florida State in the second half, the Broncos kept Marshall to zero yards and zero points in the final 30 minutes. They also had two turnovers.

Prater: A

Another Jeff Schmedding second-half masterpiece, just like Florida State. Boise State dominated the final 30 minutes, completely shutting down the Herd, and that was the difference in the game. The new defensive coordinator has made a significant impact through two games. 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Rains: C+

A week after making five field goals, Boise State kicker Eric Sachse missed his only attempt from 49 yards. The only highlight was a John Hightower 38-yard kick return late in the first quarter. Nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible outside of the missed field goal.

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Prater: B-

Nothing good, nothing bad. The speedy John Hightower had a 38-yard return, but kicker Eric Sachse came up short on his only attempt (49-yarder, after going 5-5 last week). Boise State kept Marshall in check when the game was tight. 

COACHING

Rains: B

Head coach Bryan Harsin was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for appearing to bump an official. The Broncos had a solid game plan defensively to slow a speedy Marshall team. The offense scored just 14 points and had two turnovers. The Broncos won, but failed to cover the 12-point spread.

Prater: A-

Head coach Bryan Harsin picked up a rare personal foul in the first half, after bumping an official following a costly penalty. It may have rallied the team. Schmedding worked his halftime magic again. It definitely rallied the team. 

OVERALL

Rains: B-

It wasn’t the best performance Boise State will have this year, but the Broncos overcame a potential trap game and came away with the most important thing: the win. Boise State was again solid in the second half and finished strong. Plenty to work on, but they are 2-0.

Prater: B

Not every game will be a van Gogh, especially against good teams, and this game certainly wasn't pretty. That's OK, after a week of speculation and wondering how the Broncos would respond after last week. This BSU squad appears to get stronger as the clock winds down, a good sign moving forward. 

B.J. Rains is the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Press and a two-time winner of the NSMA Idaho Sports Writer of the Year Award. Follow him on Twitter @BJRains. 

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