Boise St. 33, Portland St. 22
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Tony Hilde passed for 205 yards and one touchdown and ran 60 yards for another score to lead Boise State to a 33-22 non-conference victory over Portland State on Saturday night.
The Broncos’ special teams scored three times in the second half to help lead Boise State to the victory, which evened its record at 1-1. The victory was interim coach Tom Mason’s first as a college head coach.
Hilde completed 10 of 19 passes, including a 33-yard touchdown throw to receiver Greg Thomas with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter for the game’s first score. Thomas’ touchdown came one play after defensive back Mike White recovered a fumble on the Vikings’ 33.
Hilde raced 60 yards up the middle with 11:32 remaining in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead.
Boise State increased its lead to 21-0 on a 3-yard run by Reggie Ethridge, which was set up by an 86-yard pass from Hilde to Thomas.
Portland State cut its deficit to 21-7 before the intermission on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Eric Kiesau to Kyle Holley.
Boise State’s special teams then scored 12 straight points to give the Broncos a 33-7 lead. The Broncos blocked a punt attempt out of the zone for a safety with 14 minutes remaining in the third period, and Todd Belcastro kicked an 18-yard field goal on the next possession for a 26-7 lead.
The special teams scored one final time when Cliff Robinson picked up a blocked field goal attempt, which was batted down by Jon Rydman, and returned it 56 yards.
Kiesau threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the Vikings. The first was from 17 yards out to J.J. Johnson and the second was a 22-yarder to Holley.
The Boise State defense sacked Kiesau, who rushed for minus 54 yards, nine times. Ethridge rushed for 110 yards on 26 carries while Thomas caught six passes for 151 yards.
Kiesau threw for 283 yards, 154 of those to Holley.