BOISE — Five days after his ill-advised shovel pass contributed to Boise State’s 21-point fourth-quarter collapse at Washington State, Boise State quarterback Montell Cozart rebounded in a big way.
Cozart completed 15 of 19 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and added a team-high 71 yards rushing and another score to lead the Broncos to a 28-14 win over the New Mexico Lobos at Albertsons Stadium.
“It felt good to be able to go out there and play free and play the way I know I’m capable of,” Cozart said. “I felt like my mistake kind of helped Washington State gain momentum, and I personally came into this game and wanted to take care of the ball.”
Cozart, a graduate transfer from Kansas, found out Tuesday that he’d be getting the start with Brett Rypien out due to an undisclosed injury.
He scored on a 28-yard run in the first quarter to give Boise State an early 7-0 lead, and his first incomplete pass didn’t come until nearly 3 minutes remained in the second quarter.
He had two passing touchdowns to Jake Roh in the second half to help the Broncos pull away, including a nice 15-yard pass in which he started to run but decided to throw it at the last second.
“Good players correct things and he certainly did that,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “He was stingy with the football in a good way and that was part of the game plan.
“He was effective tonight. He played well. I thought his command in the huddle was really good and he did a great job. (Offensive coordinator Zak Hill) did a great job with him…
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