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Sport No. 19 Boise State tops Hawaii 31-10 for Mountain West title

03:35  08 december  2019
03:35  08 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The Mountain West title will again be decided on Boise ’s blue turf and with it any chance the Broncos have of sneaking into the New Year’s Six bowl games and landing in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos need a convincing victory over Hawaii , plus a Cincinnati win over Memphis in the American title game

The Mountain West Conference (MW) is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association On December 31 of that year, Boise State announced that it had backed out of its previously announced move to the Big East for football and the Big West for

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Jaylon Henderson threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 19 Boise State to a 31-10 victory over Hawaii in the Mountain West championship game Saturday.

Boise State (12-1, No. 19 CFP) won its second conference title in three years, beating Hawaii again this season after winning the Oct. 12th meeting, 59-37. After rolling up 518 yards of offense in the first game, the Broncos leaned on their defense in the rematch.

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BOX SCORE: NO. 19 BOISE STATE 31, HAWAII 10

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The Broncos made two defensive stands inside the 5, once in the second quarter and another early in the third.

Hawaii (9-5) was making its first appearance in the title game. It enjoyed some success through the air with Cole McDonald passing for 241 yards, but couldn't overcome early problems in the red zone.

Henderson, a senior who began the season as the third string quarterback on the depth chart, started the final four games of the season after both Hank Bachmeier and Chase Cord suffered injuries.

The offense didn't seem to miss a beat with him at the helm.

Tied at 3 late in the first half, Boise State scored two touchdowns in a 53-second span on a pair of 36-yard touchdown strikes. Henderson dropped the first one into Khalil Shakir on a streak down the near sideline with 1:07 remaining in the half.

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For No . 19 Boise State , the stakes in the Mountain West Conference championship game are about more than a title . For Hawaii , the game is about proving the Rainbow Warriors have reclaimed their history, and are no longer an also-ran in the Mountain West .

Boise State solidifies top spot in Mountain West football power ratings with win at Utah State to Hawaii clinched the West title by defeating visiting San Diego State 14-11 on Saturday night. Boise State , which visits Colorado State for a 1:30 p.m. game Friday, remained at No . 19 in the Amway

Then after Boise State stuffed Hawaii to get the ball back with 38 seconds remaining, Henderson fired a bullet to John Hightower, who made a leaping catch as he was undercut but used his left hand to maintain his balance before racing into the end zone.

THE TAKEAWAY

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors were denied their first 10-win season since 2010 when they finished 10-4. However, Hawaii has continued to improve under fourth-year coach Nick Rolovich after suffering through five consecutive losing seasons before his arrival. With McDonald returning next season along with the team's top two rushers, Hawaii should be in the mix for the Mountain West title in 2020.

Boise State: The Broncos might be left to wonder what could've been if they don't get the nod from the playoff committee for the Group of Five's slot for the New Year's Six bowl game. The lone blemish on Boise State's record came against burgeoning rival BYU when sophomore Chase Cord made his first start in place of the injured Bachmeier and the Broncos fell short, 28-25.

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Mountain West Championship: Hawaii at Boise State . Henderson completed 72 percent of his passes in a 31 -24 victory over Colorado State last week. Boise State is on a roll since suffering a close loss to BYU on Oct. 19 . The Broncos are hungry to avenge last year's title game loss on their

For No . 19 Boise State , the stakes in the Mountain West Conference championship game are about more than a title . Winning also means a chance to get Hawaii (9-4, 5-3) won the West and is the first team from the division other than San Diego State or Fresno State to play for the conference crown.

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