Central Michigan 42, Boise St. 21
Sep. 01, 1996
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Chad Darnell threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns as Central Michigan beat Boise State 42-21 on Saturday night, spoiling the Broncos' Division I-A debut.
Darnell threw touchdown passes of 58 and 18 yards to Bryan Schorman and added a 47-yarder to Reggie Allen. Silas Massey also scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards for the Mid-America Conference team.
The Chippewas opened the scoring in the first quarter when Desmond Schultz recovered a fumble in the end zone. Boise State punt returner Tony Mamaril lost the ball inside the 5 when he was hit by Jason Husband.
Boise State tied it on Tony Hilde's 9-yard pass to Ryan Ikebe, but Central Michigan countered with Darnell's 58-yard pass to Schorman. The Broncos, in their first season in the Big West after leaving the I-AA Big Sky, tied it on Hilde's 12-yard pass to Bryan Johnson.
Central Michigan opened the scoring in the second half on Massey's 2-yard run, but Boise State rallied again on Hilde's 55-yard TD pass to Ikebe.
Massey gave the Chippewas the lead for good at 28-21 with his 14-yard scoring run, and Darnell hit Schorman from 18 yards out to make it 35-21 in the final quarter. Darnell completed the scoring with four minutes remaining on the 47-yard pass to Allen.
The game marked the head coaching debut of Boise State's Tom Mason, who took over the team when Pokey Allen stepped down earlier in the month to undergo cancer treatment.