Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier was inaccessible for the No. 21-ranked Broncos’ 51-17 home loss to No. 9 BYU on Friday, denoting the second successive game that he missed for undisclosed reasons.
Junior Jack Sears, a transfer out of USC, began in Bachmeier’s place yet left in the first quarter with an apparent concussion. He was supplanted by freshman Cade Fennegan, who completed 15-of-26 for 182 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Freshman Andy Peters likewise observed the field.
Sears led the Broncos to a 49-30 win at Air Force a week ago. Sears, who began one game for USC in 2018, finished 17 of 20 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the triumph, indicating a strong command of an offense he was curious about with until the summer.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, per his own policy, didn’t give nearby reporters any sign of Bachmeier’s accessibility during the week. The team was without four players Friday as a result of protocols identified with COVID-19, the school reported.
The game is one of four matchups between ranked teams in college football this weekend, and it could play a significant role in the two teams’ quest to arrive at a New Year’s Six bowl game.