The Ducks’ defensive touchdowns just before halftime masked the Broncos’ dominant performance in the half. Boise State outgained Oregon, 294 yards to 77, in the first half and reached Ducks territory on eight of 10 possessions.
“I think a lot of teams would fold their tent when they’re down 24-0 or things don’t go their way,” Cristobal said. “You look at the way they just kept fighting, scratching and clawing to make this thing a competitive game — to me, that’s the positive.”
CURE BOWL Conner Manning threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia State a 27-17 victory over Western Kentucky in Orlando, Fla.
The victory gave Georgia State a winning record and the first bowl victory in its eight-year football history.
“There was no doubt in my mind that we were the team that wanted it and we were going to win it,” said Shawn Elliott, the Panthers’ first-year coach. “We’re a bunch of misfit coaches and misfit players that learned how to work hard and fight every day.”
Manning threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Roger Carter, Demarcus Kirk scored on a 26-yard run, and Kyler Neal finished a 16-play drive, which took up nine minutes of the fourth quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown run that put Georgia State up, 27-10.
NEW MEXICO BOWL Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State in Albuquerque.
Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Tyre Brady had 165 yards receiving and gave the Thundering Herd the lead in the second quarter with a 76-yard touchdown reception. Tyler King added a 90-yard rushing touchdown.
“The offense started us off, and the defense won it in the end,” Brady said.
The Thundering Herd are 11-2 in bowl games, and 5-0 under Coach Doc Holliday.
NEW ORLEANS BOWL Brandon Silvers passed for four touchdowns and ran for one more, and Troy produced five turnovers on…