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Mountain West Championship: Boise State 44, Nevada-Las Vegas 20

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By MARK ANDERSON
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - Taylen Green threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Ashton Jeanty rushed for 153 yards and a TD, and Boise State won its fifth Mountain West championship, beating UNLV 44-20.

The Broncos (8-5), who have won three consecutive games under interim coach Spencer Danielson, are expected to head to the LA Bowl, which has the first choice from the Mountain West.

UNLV (9-4), which was appearing in its first Mountain West title game, will get an invitation from one of the other league-affiliated bowls. It will be the Rebels' first bowl trip in a decade.

Green completed 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards with an interception, and he rushed for 90 yards. Boise State outgained the Rebels 527-298, including 301 yards on the ground.

UNLV's Jayden Maiava, the conference Freshman of the Year, went 15 of 29 for 166 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

Boise State was 5-5 when Andy Avalos was fired, putting Danielson in charge. Broncos players have been vocal in their desire that Danielson get the job full-time, and they've shown that support through their recent play, especially in the title game.

Propelled by big plays, the Broncos took a 31-14 lead midway through the second quarter. Green passed for a 57-yard touchdown and ran for a 70-yard score in the second period, and 32- and 43-yard completions set up a pair of first-quarter TDs.

UNLV got as close as 31-20 early in the third quarter but never seriously threatened after that.

Boise State continued its run as the conference standard bearer, and the Broncos clinched their 26th consecutive winning season, the nation's longest active streak.

This postseason experience is new for UNLV, playing under Barry Odom, who was named conference Coach of the Year after leading the Rebels to their best season since 1984.

RECORD CROWD

The announced crowd was 31,473, the largest for a Mountain West title game. The previous high was 31,316 when Fresno State hosted Utah State in the conference's first championship game.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Boise State athletics press release

December 2, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BoiseUNLV
Boise TD 11:08 Taylen Green 8 yd run (Jonah Dalmas kick) 7 0
UNLV TD 6:45 Vincent Davis Jr. 5 yd run (Jose Pizano kick) 7 7
Boise TD 2:21 Ashton Jeanty 5 yd run (Jonah Dalmas kick) 14 7
Second Quarter BoiseUNLV
UNLV TD 14:49 Fred Thompkins 47 yd interception return (Jose Pizano kick) 14 14
Boise TD 13:32 Austin Bolt 57 yd pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas kick) 21 14
Boise TD 12:10 Taylen Green 70 yd run (Jonah Dalmas kick) 28 14
Boise FG 7:23 Jonah Dalmas 31 yd FG 31 14
UNLV FG 3:35 Jose Pizano 51 yd FG 31 17
Third Quarter BoiseUNLV
UNLV FG 11:07 Jose Pizano 46 yd FG 31 20
Boise FG 5:03 Jonah Dalmas 50 yd FG 34 20
Boise TD 0:16 Matt Lauter 16 yd pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas kick) 41 20
Fourth Quarter BoiseUNLV
Boise FG 3:43 Jonah Dalmas 22 yd FG 44 20
Team Stats
  Boise State UNLV
First downs 23 16
  Rushing 12 3
  Passing 8 12
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-14, 50% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 51-301 28-81
Passing Yards 226 217
Return Yards 21 233
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-15-1 18-38-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--3 2--8
Punts 2 3
Punts-Average 37 53.3
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 3-24 7-61
Time of Possession 37:10 22:50
Boise State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Green 12 15 226 2 1
UNLV Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Maiava 15 29 166 0 2
D. Brumfield 3 9 51 0 0
Boise State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Jeanty 21 153 7.3 1
T. Green 8 90 11.3 2
G. Holani 20 76 3.8 0
UNLV Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Davis Jr. 14 55 3.9 1
J. Maiava 5 17 3.4 0
J. De Jesus 2 9 4.5 0
D. Lester 1 6 6.0 0
J. Thomas 1 2 2.0 0
C. Reese 1 0 0.0 0
D. Brumfield 4 -8 -2.0 0
Boise State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Bowens 4 91 22.8 0
A. Bolt 2 72 36.0 1
R. Smith 1 32 32.0 0
M. Lauter 1 16 16.0 1
A. Jeanty 2 15 7.5 0
G. Holani 1 3 3.0 0
J. Dubar 1 -3 -3.0 0
UNLV Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. White 6 86 14.3 0
J. De Jesus 6 55 9.2 0
D. Irvin Jr. 2 42 21.0 0
V. Davis Jr. 1 13 13.0 0
Z. Griffin 1 10 10.0 0
T. Conerly 1 6 6.0 0
C. Thompson Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
Boise State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. McCoy 1 20
A. Simpson 1 1
UNLV Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Thompkins 1 47
Boise State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ferguson-Reynolds 2 74 37.0
UNLV Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Nichols 3 160 53.3
Boise State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UNLV Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. De Jesus 1 5 5.0
Boise State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UNLV Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. De Jesus 7 181 25.9
Boise State Missed FG
Player Length
UNLV Missed FG
Player Length




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