November 12th, 2017
Bryan Harsin and his Boise State football team recorded one of the greatest comeback wins in program history just after the clock stuck midnight in Fort Collins, Colorado on Sunday Morning-a program history filled with incredible come-from-behind victories.
A third of the way through the second quarter the Rams lead the Broncos 28-3.
Two minutes before halftime they lead 35-10.
With two minutes left they lead 52-38.
Alex Mattison scored on a 70-yard run. Alec Dhaenans caught a 25-yard TD pass. Robert Mahone had a 6-yard touchdown.
Sean Modster hauled a 13-yard scoring toss from Brett Rypien with 1:41 remaining.
Jake Roh caught a 6-yard touchdown from Rypien.
Boise State forced overtime.
After two Mattison runs for 3 yards a pop, Rypien found Roh on third and 4 to give the Broncos a first and goal from the four.
Mattison and Hayden Hogarth scored the final points of the game to post a 59-52 score before the Colorado State coaching staff fed former Boise State prospect Rashaad Boddie on four straight runs, the last of which resulted in a Leighton Vander Esch strip and a Tyler Horton recovery.
After being drug down by his shoulder on Boise State’s first touch of the game Cedrick Wilson uncharacteristically dropped a gimme touchdown pass against the Rams where he found himself wide open in the end zone.
After giving up 14 points in each of their past four games and 12.9 ppg in their previous seven victories this season, the Bronco Defense allowed the Rams to score 14 points not eight minutes into the contest.
Their 7-0 deficit with 12:14 to play was the earliest point Boise State had trailed in any game this season.
Hoggarth is now 5-5 on field goals from 30-yards or further this season.
Rypien found true freshman Octavius Evans on a 18-yard toss just before halftime in what was the Center, TX-product’s second longest reception of the season.
Coming into the game the Broncos were ranked 14th nationally in turnover margin per game and according to the Idaho Statesman’s Dave Southorn Boise State coughed up the ball for the first time in 309 minutes and 48 seconds of game time with an Evans fumble in the second quarter.
Injury and all, Wilson snagged his longest grab of the season on a 48-yard toss in the second quarter.
The 52 points given up by the Boise State Defense were a season-high and nearly matched the 63-total points given up by the unit over the previous five games of their six game winning streak.
Mattison scored two touchdowns on either side of halftime to supplant Roh for the team’s lead this season, and passed him again with the game winning score in overtime after the tight end tied the running back with his score with 57 seconds remaining to force the extra period.
Coming into the evening Wilson had accounted for 40% of Boise State’s receiving yards & 37.5% of their receiving touchdowns.
After allowing Colorado State wideout Michael Gallup to explode for 102 yards Boise State moved to 2-2 on the season when an opposing receiver went over the century mark.
Trailing by 18 at halftime the Broncos posted a 26-point, point differential and their 35 second half points were a season high.
Mattison’s 26-yard touchdown run just before halftime was his longest scoring run since housing a 49-yarder in the second quarter of the season opener against Troy.
His 70-yard scoring-scamper on the other side of the break was a career long.
Freshman Avery Williams kept the momentum going with his second-career interception three plays later, which helped set up Boise State to creep within four points just four plays later.
Mattison went over the century mark for the fifth time in his career and his 10.5 yards per carry were a career high. His three scores also set a new career best.
Mattison, Wilson, and Dhaenans are the only Broncos with plays of 40+ yards this season. Wilson has passed the threshold in 6 games, Mattison-3, and Dhaenans-1.
Durrant Miles notched his second sack of the season, setting a new career high.
Redshirt Freshman running back Robert Mahone scored his first career touchdown. Two years ago when I interviewed him as a recruit he told me he wants to be “that guy” for the Broncos and looked up to former-Boise State and current NFL running backs Doug Martin & Jay Ajayi.
The Broncos’ 21 3rd quarter points matched their season-high for an entire second half.
Colorado State was only called for two penalties for 19 yards. They averaged 6.9 penalties and 62.8 penalty yards per game coming in, good for 88th & 99th in the nation, respectively.
The Boise State Defense gave up 570 total yards to the Rams, which are the most they’ve allowed to an opponent all season, but the Offense posted a season-high of 641 itself.
After the Rams recovered two fourth quarter onside kicks last year in Boise, Cedrick Wilson and Boise State returned the favor this year that set up the game-tying Rypien-toss to Roh, knotting the teams at 52 with 57 seconds remaining in regulation.
Miles batted-down a pass to force the Rams into a 3rd & 3 in their own territory with 49 seconds remaining.
Horton’s play-making forced Colorado State to punt with 43 seconds left.
Boise State’s 25-point comeback was the program’s biggest deficit overcome in 20 years (1996).
Boise State is now 7-0 all-time against the Rams with an average margin of victory of 20.9.
The Broncos haven’t beaten Air Force in 1,521 days and get the Falcons at home this Saturday. Boise State will clinch a berth in the Mountain West Championship game against either Fresno State or San Diego State if they can beat the Service Academy school for the first time in four tries.
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