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Boise State at Utah State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 23, 2019
Where: Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah

There is plenty of uncertainty at the quarterback position as No. 19 Boise State visits Utah State in a pivotal Mountain West contest on Saturday night. The Broncos' top two quarterbacks could again be sidelined while it doesn't sound like Aggies star Jordan Love will be available.

Neither Boise State coach Bryan Harsin or Utah coach Gary Andersen would discuss their injured quarterbacks, leaving plenty of room for speculation and guesswork. What is known is that Love, a junior, departed last Saturday's victory over Wyoming with an undisclosed injury and sophomore Henry Colombi is being prepared to play. Broncos true freshman Hank Bachmeier has missed three of the past four games - one due to a hip injury and the past two games due to a shoulder ailment - while second-string sophomore Chase Cord missed last week's victory over New Mexico after having his throwing hand examined late in the previous week's triumph over Wyoming. Boise State third-stringer Jaylon Henderson made his first career start against the Lobos and the fifth-year senior passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Boise State -7.5.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (9-1, 6-0 Mountain West): Henderson's performance impressed Harsin so there shouldn't be too much concern if the Broncos have to turn to him again. "You guys all got a chance to see this kid play, and he can throw it," Harsin said of Henderson. "He can operate, and he prepares himself. This dude is really good." The Broncos may be without their top defensive player as junior pass rusher Curtis Weaver (Mountain West-record 33 sacks) suffered a right leg injury last week and there has been no public declaration of his status.

ABOUT UTAH STATE (6-4, 5-1): Love is an NFL prospect who has thrown for 2,684 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions but Andersen likes the way Colombi (14-of-18, 143 yards, two touchdowns) has prepared. "Henry has stayed mentally ready," Andersen said. "Just watch him in practice. It's not like he's just over there watching the birds fly around, the pigeons up on the press box. That's not what he's doing. He's ready. ... Henry understands that those are big shoes to fill when that opportunity presents itself." Junior safety Shaq Bond has a team-leading three interceptions for the Aggies, who have allowed an average of 38.3 points in their four setbacks.


1. Boise State is 18-5 all-time versus Utah State.

2. Broncos senior WR John Hightower (37 receptions for 754 yards and six touchdowns) has four 100-yard outings this season.

3. The Aggies have won eight straight conference home games and 39 of their past 49 overall contests in Logan, Utah.

PREDICTION: Boise State 34, Utah State 27
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Boise State 9-1 W3 36.1 21.3 6-0 3-1 1-1 0-0 6-0
Utah State 6-4 W2 28.0 26.7 4-1 2-3 1-2 0-0 5-1
Last Meeting
Boise State Utah State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/18 USU 24 BSU 33 509 199 310 425 62 363
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boise State B. Rypien 71.9 310 1 0
Utah State J. Love 61.7 363 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boise State A. Mattison 37 200 5.4 3
Utah State D. Thompson 11 61 5.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boise State C. Thomas 6 89 14.8 0
Utah State A. Vaughns 7 107 15.3 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Boise State A. Mattison 3
Utah State G. Bright 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Boise State H. Bachmeier 63.5 1760 9 4
Utah State J. Love 61.7 2684 13 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Boise State G. Holani 131 692 5.3 5
Utah State G. Bright 132 670 5.1 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Boise State J. Hightower 37 754 20.4 6
Utah State S. Mariner 49 753 15.4 7
Touchdowns Player TD
Boise State J. Hightower 7
Utah State G. Bright 7
Quickchart Matchup
Boise State Boise State Off vs  Utah State Utah State Def
Boise State 454.8 yards
Utah State 431.2 yards
Boise State 4.5 yards/rush
Utah State 4 yards/rush
Boise State 8.5 yards/attempt
Utah State 7.7 yards/attempt
Utah State Utah State Off vs  Boise State Boise State Def
Utah State 434.2 yards
Boise State 339 yards
Utah State 4.4 yards/rush
Boise State 3.5 yards/rush
Utah State 7.4 yards/attempt
Boise State 7 yards/attempt