The Boise State Broncos’ football season has come to an end

The Broncos finished with a record of 10-4 this year, and lost the Mountain West Championship


Avery Hassman

The Broncos had a goal to win the Mountain West Conference championship this year.

Brady Payne, Media

This year, the Broncos were led by second-year head coach Andy Avalos. In his first year of coaching, he coached the Broncos to a 7-5 record. This year, things took a turn for the better. Avalos won the Mountain West coach of the year award and led the broncos to a 10-4 record.  

Things did not start out great, though. The Broncos started the year at 2-2 and had one of the worst losses in program history. The team’s turn around came down to the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) game. Following a 27-10 loss to UTEP, Boise State offensive coordinator Tim Plough was let go and Dirk Koetter was brought in to take his place. Also, after this loss to UTEP, senior quarterback Hank Bachmeier entered the transfer portal.  

“Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier will enter the transfer portal, the veteran signal-caller confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday,” said Shehan Jeyarajah with CBS Sports. “The decision comes three days after the program fired offensive coordinator Tim Plough following a 27-10 loss to UTEP in Week 4.” 

Then came in redshirt freshman Taylen Green. He made his first ever college football start against the San Diego State Aztecs, in which the Broncos won the game 35-13. After starting the year 2-2, the broncos went on a 7-1 run, with their only loss coming to BYU by a heartbreaking three points, to make the Mountain West Championship game. They finished the regular season 9-3 after starting 2-2. 

The Mountain West Championship came after the regular season. Boise State played their rivals, Fresno State. The Broncos were favored by three points to start the game, but were upset by the Bulldogs 28-16. Fresno State senior quarterback Jack Haener threw for 184 yards and a touchdown. Boise State freshman quarterback Taylen Green threw for 175 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions. 

“Haener took full advantage of every miscue by the Broncos,” said Jason Chatraw with the Associated Press. “The game’s offensive MVP was five of eight on third downs and led two key scoring drives in the fourth quarter.” 

The Boise State Broncos finished with a record of 9-4 but lost the Mountain West Championship. This was in improvement from their 7-5 record last season, where they did not make the Mountain West Championship. 

Concluding their season, the Broncos became bowl eligible because of their 9-4 record. They faced the University of North Texas Mean Green in the Frisco Bowl on Dec. 17 and won 35-32. This improved their final record to 10-4.