Oct 31, 2020; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Jack Sears (16) dives in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State QB Sears leaves game with injury

Boise State junior quarterback Jack Sears departed Friday night’s contest against No. 9 BYU due to an apparent head injury suffered in the first quarter.

Sears was injured on a quarterback sneak and appeared woozy when he got up. An official noticed and sent him to the Broncos’ sideline with 8:25 left in the quarter.

Sears was taken to the locker room to be evaluated. He returned to the Boise State sideline early in the second quarter without his helmet.

True freshman Cade Fennegan replaced Sears for No. 21 Boise State. Sears was 4-of-4 passing for 41 yards before exiting.

Normal starter Hank Bachmeier missed his second straight game. The school hasn’t revealed why the sophomore is sidelined.

However, Boise State said four players were missing Friday’s game due to COVID-19 protocols. Bachmeier was one of two players who didn’t travel to last Saturday’s game at Air Force when the school said one player was sidelined due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The other player, safety JL Skinner, was back on the field for the Broncos against BYU.

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Hank Bachmeier (19) warms up before a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State QB Bachmeier sidelined vs. Air Force

Boise State sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier didn’t travel with the team and missed Saturday’s road game at Air Force.

Sophomore starting safety JL Skinner also missed the Mountain West contest.

No. 25 Boise State reportedly confirmed one player missed the game due to a positive COVID-19 test but didn’t reveal the identity.

Transfer Jack Sears, a former Southern California starter, took Bachmeier’s place. Sears threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver CT Thomas on the game’s first offensive play.

Sears, a fourth-year junior, started one game for USC. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions during a 38-35 loss to Arizona State on Oct. 27, 2018.

Air Force sophomore quarterback Haaziq Daniels departed the game in the first quarter with an injury. Junior Warren Bryan replaced him.

–Field Level Media