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Mountain West Conference Championship: Fresno State 28, Boise State 16

By JASON CHATRAW
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho - Jake Haener threw for 184 yards and a touchdown, Nikko Remigio returned a punt 70 yards for a score, and Fresno State defeated Boise State 28-16 to win the Mountain West Conference championship.

Fresno State (9-4) overcame a 1-4 start to the season and a rash of injuries to win its final eight games, claiming the program's third Mountain West crown.

Boise State (9-4), which won 40-20 in the regular-season match-up between the teams, fell to 3-3 in Mountain West title games.

Boise State controlled the game early but struggled to find the end zone, clinging to a 3-0 lead late in the first half. But that all changed when Fresno State scored two touchdowns in a span of 2:36 right before halftime.

Remigio's electric return snaking back and forth across the field sparked Fresno State before Cameron Lockridge intercepted the first of two passes, returning it 25 yards to the Broncos' 17-yard line. Three plays later, Jordan Mims scored on a 2-yard run to put the Bulldogs up 14-3. They never relinquished the lead.

After Boise State edged within 14-9 in the third quarter, Fresno State tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Jordan Mims rushed for 83 yards and a pair of scores for Fresno State.

Boise State's Taylen Green was 17-of-38 passing for 175 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boise State: While Broncos quarterback Green made his initial splash on the team with his legs, it's his arm that turned the season around. However, Green was often off-target against Fresno State.

Fresno State: The Bulldogs' 10-3 campaign a year ago served as a springboard for sustained success in 2022. However, Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, who has now won two Mountain West titles, will have his work cut out for him in 2023 as his talented team is losing eight seniors on offense and five more on defense. If he chooses to utilize the transfer portal, he could shore up the team's short-term needs and keep Fresno State in contention for another conference title.

December 3, 2022


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter FresBoise
Boise FG 10:16 Jonah Dalmas 26 yard field goal 0 3
Fres TD 3:54 Nikko Remigio 70 yard punt return for TD (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 7 3
Fres TD 1:18 Jordan Mims 2 yard TD run (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 14 3
Boise FG 0:02 Jonah Dalmas 47 yard field goal 14 6
Third Quarter FresBoise
Boise FG 10:04 Jonah Dalmas 44 yard field goal 14 9
Fourth Quarter FresBoise
Fres TD 14:49 Zane Pope 22 yard TD pass from Jake Haener (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 21 9
Fres TD 9:47 Jordan Mims 3 yard TD run (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 28 9
Boise TD 5:17 Davis Koetter 52 yard TD pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 28 16
Team Stats
  Fresno State Boise State
First downs 14 15
  Rushing 7 7
  Passing 6 8
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 35-61 29-146
Passing Yards 184 175
Return Yards 190 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-27-0 17-38-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-26 0-0
Punts 7 6
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 5-40
Fresno State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Haener 17 27 184 1 0
Boise State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Green 17 38 175 1 2
Fresno State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mims 26 83 3.2 2
M. Sherrod 2 6 3.0 0
J. Haener 5 -17 -3.4 0
Boise State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Holani 13 74 5.7 0
A. Jeanty 6 32 5.3 0
T. Green 8 30 3.8 0
E. Noa 2 10 5.0 0
Fresno State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Remigio 5 68 13.6 0
J. Moreno-Cropper 5 60 12.0 0
Z. Pope 4 51 12.8 1
J. Mims 3 5 1.7 0
Boise State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Koetter 5 93 18.6 1
R. Smith 4 41 10.3 0
L. Caples 4 24 6.0 0
B. Bowens 3 20 6.7 0
A. Jeanty 1 -3 -3.0 0
Fresno State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Lockridge 2 46
Boise State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Fresno State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. King 7 285 40.7
Boise State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ferguson-Reynolds 6 248 41.3
Fresno State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Remigio 3 82 27.3
Boise State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Caples 2 11 5.5
Fresno State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Remigio 2 62 31.0
M. Dalena 1 0 0
Boise State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Dudley 1 32 32.0
Fresno State Missed FG
Player Length
A. Montano 35
Boise State Missed FG
Player Length




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