BOISE — As impressive as true freshman Hank Bachmeier’s debut was in person, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin liked it even more after watching the game again on film.

Bachmeier completed 30 of 51 passes for 407 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception in Boise State’s 36-31 win at Florida State last Saturday. The 407 yards were the 10th-most in a single game in Boise State history, and the most by a Boise State quarterback in his first career start.

“Hank showed toughness,” Harsin said Monday. “You don’t want your quarterback hit, but at times you have to stand in there and deliver the ball and I thought he did that. … He knew where to go with the football. He didn’t look like he was searching.”

A big key in the game was Boise State’s ability to convert on third down. The Broncos went 10 of 19 on third down (52.6 percent), and Bachmeier was a big reason why. He was 8 for 12 for 136 yards and a touchdown on third down, and all eight completions gave the Broncos first downs.

“Some of those third downs were big,” Harsin said. “He was obviously under duress but he stood in there and his eyes were downfield. There were plenty of positives…but there’s still things in there that has to happen and we need to improve on, and he knows that.”


Boise State will host Marshall Friday night at 7 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium. Marshall, a member of Conference USA, has won at least eight games in five of the last six seasons and is coming off a 9-4 year in 2018.

The Thundering Herd went 13-1 in 2014 and finished second to Boise State in the Group of Five race despite having a better record. That year, the Broncos were selected to the Fiesta Bowl and beat Arizona, 38-30.

Marshall, considered one of the top Group of Five teams this season, topped Virginia Military Institute 56-17 last Saturday in its season opener.

“Really good football team,” Harsin said. “They’ve got talented players and really good team speed. … From watching them in the past historically, they are very tough and physical. Their head coach (Doc Holliday) does a great job getting these guys ready week in and week out.

“That’s our focus right now. We’re on to Marshall. Everything has been about this game, and playing on a short week and getting our guys ready for that.”

Marshall had 620 yards of offense in the win over VMI and had 29 plays of at least 10 yards. That was the most in the country last weekend.


Harsin started his press conference Monday by thanking Florida State for hosting the game on short notice, and said there should be a large crowd for Friday’s home opener against Marshall.

“An impressive 48 hours to get that planned and prepared by the people in Florida and then to have 50,000 people there,” Harsin said. “So obviously this week, first game at home, we’ve got five days but it’s been planned, scheduled — alright, 37,000 people Friday night. We’re expecting that.”

To read more of B.J. Rains’ ‘Notebook’ on Boise State’s win against Florida State and upcoming game against Marshall, visit

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.

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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