John Hightower returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught another, and Hank Bachmeier threw for 238 yards as No. 22 Boise State beat Portland State 45-10 on Saturday night in Boise.
Boise State (3-0) used its big-play offense to bury an outmatched Vikings squad. The Broncos had 11 plays from scrimmage go for 20 yards or more, including three touchdowns.
Portland State (1-2) racked up 159 yards in the first quarter but only 85 over the final three.
Southern Utah 45, Stephen F. Austin 38 (OT): Chris Helbig had 375 yards passing and James Felila scored two rushing touchdowns, including the eventual winner in overtime, to help the Thunderbirds (1-2) beat the Lumberjacks (0-3) in Cedar City, Utah.
Helbig was 35 of 48 with two TD passes to Lance Dawson, Felila finished with 10 carries for 48 yards and Thomas Duckett had 53 yards rushing, including a 17-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that made it 38-all and forced overtime.
Montana State 23, Western Illinois 14: Logan Jones ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns and the Bobcats (2-1) defeated the Leathernecks (0-3) in Macomb, Illinois.
Jones opened the scoring with a 14-yard run in the first quarter and added MSU’s only other touchdown on an 87-yard jaunt in the third quarter.
Nevada 19, Weber State 13: Jaxson Kincaide had 11 carries for 75 yards and a score, Brandon Talton made four field goals, and the Wolf Pack (1-1) beat the Wildcats (1-1) in Reno, Nevada.
Kincaide added five receptions for 53 yards, Toa Taua had 85 yards rushing on 16 carries and Carson Strong was 30-of-44 passing for 299 yards for Nevada.
Northern Arizona 55, Western New Mexico 21: Case Cookus threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns the Lumberjacks (2-1) beat the Mustangs (0-2) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
On the Lumberjacks’ opening drive of the third quarter, Cookus capped a run of 33 straight points with a 63-yard pass to Joe Logan that made it 47-6. Heath Beemiller then replaced Cookus and finished with 125 yards passing.
Sacramento State 50, Northern Colorado 0: Kevin Thomson threw for a career-high 361 yards and tied a career high with five TD passes to help the Hornets (2-1) beat the Bears (0-3) 50-0 in a nonconference game in Sacramento, California.
Thomson completed 27 of 41 passes with an interception and ran for 53 yards for Sacramento State.
UC Davis 41, Lehigh 13: Jake Maier threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns, Carson Crawford caught nine passes for 148 yards, and the Aggies (2-1) defeated the Hawks (0-3) in Davis, California.
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