The Boise State football team will start its third different center this season in Saturday’s game at Colorado State.
Texas Tech transfer Will Farrar — who started the past three games at center — is one of four Boise State players who will miss Saturday’s game for undisclosed reasons. Farrar replaced sixth-year senior Donte Harrington at center in the Broncos’ loss to Nevada.
Sixth-year senior Jake Stetz will start at center against the Rams. He opened the season at right guard and has played left guard the past three games.
Redshirt junior Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez was expected to start at center this season, but he hasn’t played a single snap.
Boise State is also without cornerbacks Damon Cole and Tyric LeBeauf, and defensive lineman Michael Callahan.
The Broncos do return their top two running backs for Saturday’s game. George Holani missed the past two games after aggravating the same soft tissue leg injury that kept him out of the season opener at UCF.
Oregon transfer Cyrus Habibi-Likio missed Boise State’s loss to Air Force two weeks ago after suffering an injury early in the second half of the Broncos’ win over then-No. 10 BYU.
A Boise State spokesperson said no players will miss the game because of COVID-19 protocols.
CSU — Cayden Camper 22 field goal, 9:48. Key plays: Tight end Trey McBride caught three passes for 26 yards on this drive, but cornerback Caleb Biggers broke up a potential TD toss to McBride, forcing the Rams to settle for the field goal. Drive: 13 plays, 71 yards, 5:12. Colorado State 3, Boise State 0
CSU — Cam Butler 30 pass from Todd Centeio (Camper kick), 6:31. Key plays: BSU’s shanked punt gave the Rams good field position at their own 35. Centeio broke free for a 22-yard scramble and threw the TD pass on the ensuing play. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 1:59. Colorado State 10, Boise State 0
CSU — Camper 20 field goal, 0:52. Key plays: Another short punt and 11-yard return put CSU on the BSU 49. TE Trey McBride made a 34-yard catch on the first play to get to the 15-yard line. The Broncos held on third-and-goal to force the field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:25. Colorado State 13, Boise State 0
NEWS & NOTES
Broncos honor shooting victims with helmet sticker
Boise State will honor the victims of Monday’s shooting at Boise Towne Square Mall for the rest of the season.
The Broncos debuted a new helmet sticker Saturday at Colorado State. The sticker includes a red outline of the state of Idaho with the words “City of Boise” and a heart where Boise is located.
The shooting left three people dead, including the shooter, and four others wounded.
“We always play for our city, but this week it means more,” Boise State said in a Tweet earlier this week.
CSU coach moves to press box
Colorado State head coach Steve Addazio will be coaching Saturday’s game against the Broncos from the press box at Canvas Stadium, according to a Twitter post from Colorado State shortly before kickoff.
The Rams said Addazio is dealing with a lower-leg injury that is limiting his mobility.
Senior associate head coach Brian White will handle timeout duties on the field, CSU said.
The Broncos wore white jerseys, white pants and white helmets. … Team captains Khalil Shakir and Kekaula Kaniho were joined by left tackle John Ojukwu and linebacker Riley Whimpey as game captains. … Boise State won the coin toss and deferred. … Boise State was led onto the field by running back Andrew Van Buren, who carried the Dan Paul Hammer.
WHERE TO FIND THE TV BROADCAST
BOISE STATE AT COLORADO STATE
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Canvas Stadium (41,000, turf), Fort Collins, Colorado
TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell)
Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)
Records: Boise State 3-4, 1-2 MW; Colorado State 3-4, 2-1
Series: Boise State is 10-0 all-time against Colorado State, including a 52-21 win at Albertsons Stadium last season.
Vegas line: Boise State by 2.5
Weather: 58 degrees at kickoff, 0% chance of rain, 13 mph winds
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