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Frisco Bowl: Boise State 35, North Texas 32

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FRISCO, Texas - Boise State quarterback Taylen Green accounted for 256 yards and three touchdowns and the Broncos beat North Texas 35-32 in a back-and-forth Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium.

Green, who is from nearby Lewisville, ran for two touchdowns during Boise State's bowl-program-record 22-point third quarter that saw five lead changes. He added 137 passing yards and one touchdown in Boise State's first bowl victory since 2017.

Freshman running back Ashton Jeanty ran for 178 yards as Boise State (10-4) piled up a season-high 320 yards rushing.

The Broncos outscored North Texas 29-22 in the second half after the Mean Green led 10-6 at the break.

Both teams lost their conference championship games, Boise State in the Mountain West and North Texas (7-7) in Conference USA.

Mean Green coach Seth Littrell was fired after the title game loss, which left him with a 44-44 record in seven seasons. Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was the interim head coach for the bowl game, days after Eric Morris was hired as Littrell's replacement.

Austin Aune, the 29-year-old quarterback for North Texas, completed 17 of 32 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. But the junior threw two interceptions, including one on the second play of the fourth quarter that set the Broncos up for Jeanty's 1-yard touchdown that gave Boise State an 11-point lead.

Sophomore Iakika Ragsdale ran 21 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns for North Texas. Sophomore Jordan Smart caught three passes for 94 yards.

TAKEAWAY

North Texas: The Mean Green lost a sixth straight bowl game and second straight at Toyota Stadium. North Texas has been to a bowl in six of the last seven seasons but has not won a bowl game since beating UNLV in the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Boise State: The Broncos completed a bowl game for the first time since 2019 and only the second time in the last five seasons, a stretch that began in the school's last trip to the Dallas area when the 2018 First Responder Bowl against Boston College was canceled and declared no contest due to severe weather.

Last year, the Broncos withdrew from the Arizona Bowl because of COVID-19 cases within the program and in 2020 Boise State voted not to participate in a bowl game after going 5-2 during the COVID-shortened season. The Broncos lost to ex-Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and Washington in the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl.

December 17, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NorTxBoise
NorTx FG 9:24 Ethan Mooney 27 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter NorTxBoise
Boise FG 9:58 Jonah Dalmas 24 yard field goal 3 3
NorTx TD 7:38 Ikaika Ragsdale 1 yard TD run (Ethan Mooney Extra Point) 10 3
Boise FG 4:43 Jonah Dalmas 37 yard field goal 10 6
Third Quarter NorTxBoise
Boise TD 12:40 Taylen Green 3 yard TD run (Mason Hutton 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 10 14
NorTx TD 8:32 Jake Roberts 17 yard TD pass from Stone Earle (Ethan Mooney Extra Point) 17 14
Boise TD 6:35 Eric McAlister 24 yard TD pass from Taylen Green (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 17 21
NorTx TD 5:14 Jyaire Shorter 30 yard TD pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney Extra Point) 24 21
Boise TD 0:25 Taylen Green 19 yard TD run (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 24 28
Fourth Quarter NorTxBoise
Boise TD 12:05 Ashton Jeanty 1 yard TD run (Jonah Dalmas Extra Point) 24 35
NorTx TD 8:17 Ikaika Ragsdale 5 yard TD run (Austin Aune 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 32 35
Team Stats
  North Texas Boise State
First downs 24 23
  Rushing 12 14
  Passing 10 8
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-18, 50% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 40-176 50-318
Passing Yards 259 137
Return Yards 138 114
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-36-2 13-22-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-43 8-59
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Aune 17 32 238 1 2
S. Earle 2 4 21 1 0
Boise State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Green 13 22 137 1 0
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Ragsdale 21 94 4.5 2
A. Adeyi 14 67 4.8 0
S. Earle 2 20 10.0 0
A. Aune 2 0 0.0 0
K. Horton 1 -5 -5.0 0
Boise State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Jeanty 28 178 6.4 1
T. Green 12 119 9.9 2
G. Holani 7 24 3.4 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Smart 3 94 31.3 0
D. Ward 2 54 27.0 0
J. Shorter 1 30 30.0 1
I. Ragsdale 4 26 6.5 0
R. Burns 3 26 8.7 0
J. Roberts 2 21 10.5 1
V. Gumms 1 7 7.0 0
Q. Farrar 1 1 1.0 0
K. Horton 2 0 0.0
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Boise State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Caples 6 87 14.5 0
E. McAlister 1 24 24.0 1
B. Bowens 2 13 6.5 0
A. Jeanty 1 10 10.0 0
R. Smith 1 5 5.0 0
G. Holani 2 -2 -1.0 0
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boise State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Noa 1 52
J. Clark 1 38
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 4 152 38.0
Boise State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ferguson-Reynolds 4 125 31.3
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Boise State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Horton 4 117 29.3
J. Maclin 2 21 10.5
Boise State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Dudley 1 24 24.0
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length
Boise State Missed FG
Player Length




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