October 28th, 2017
Boise State kept their NY6 Bowl hopes alive by moving to 6-2 (4-0) on the season & remain the only undefeated team in Mountain West play with Fresno State’s 26-16 home loss to UNLV & Colorado State’s 45-28 home loss to Air Force.
If the Broncos can win their next three games against Nevada, the Rams, and Falcons they will clinch their first Mountain Division title in three years even before a road contest in Fresno a month from now. Ironically their most-recent division-crown earned them the right to face the Bulldogs at home in the 2014 conference championship game.
Boise State’s 254-total yard advantage over the Aggies was a season high and marked just the fourth time they out-gained an opponent in total yardage this season.
The Broncos never trailed last night and have only been behind for a total of 10:17 on the road this season during regulation. All of that time came against BYU.
Boise State’s 41 points and 533 total yards both marked their best offensive showing in a win away from The Blue since November 12th of last season when they put up 603 yards on Hawai’i in a 52-16 win.
It was also their most points in any game since the following week when they hung 42 on the UNLV Rebels, their final victory before they would drop four out of their next six games.
Tonight marked 1,445 days since the Broncos have recorded a victory over the Air Force Falcons.
Boise State is now eligible to continue their streak of 15 consecutive Bowl Berth’s, tied with Wisconsin for the 7th-longest active streak in the nation.
Freshman CB Avery Williams tried to show how special an athlete he his is with the ball in his hands during punt returns but Boise State’s special teams unit had trouble blocking and staying out of his way, as they have on multiple occasions this season. An illegal block-in-the-back penalty forced the Broncos to start their second drive of the game from their own 22.
Leesburg, FL-product Bryan Jefferson has switched to his old high school number-2.
True freshman Octavius Evans caught Brett Rypien’s second touchdown pass of the evening to help give Boise State a 14-0 lead with 7:12 to go in the opening period. It was just the 5th catch of his young career for the former four-star recruit from Center, TX who received offers from Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Indiana, among others, out of high school.
Fruitland, ID’s Garrett Larson and Chase Hatada (both sophomores) received personal foul penalties in the first half. Hatada was flagged for a facemark in the first quarter. Larson’s came on an extra point in the second. Both players may be putting in some extra work at practice this week.
Rypien threw for three touchdowns on the evening in his first outing of the year with multiple scoring-tosses. His second touchdown pass of the night to the aforementioned-Evans, not eight minutes into the contest, doubled his season-total to four.
The True-junior began the game by completing his first eight throws for 115 yards, two touchdowns and a 303.3 passer rating. Dating back to the third quarter of Boise State’s win over Wyoming last week, Rypien connected on 14-consecutive throws.
Back-to-back pass-interference calls on Boise State with the Aggies on the Bronco-8, one by sophomore defensive back De’Andre Pierce, allowed Utah State to score their first points of the game to get as close as they would all night at 14-7.
Rypien had a 225.3 passer rating after the end of the first quarter and at one point in the first half he surpassed Utah State’s total yardage (51) on three straight pass attempts (53).
With co-quarterback Montell Cozart’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Alexander Mattison to open the second quarter-scoring, Boise State built their first 14-point lead in Logan, Utah in 1,477 days.
Mattison’s sixth touchdown of the year momentarily-moved him into a tie with Jake Roh for the team lead this season, but the Tight End’s two scoring grabs later in the game re-established his place as Boise State’s top scorer of 2017.
Mattison’s six total touchdowns and Roh’s eight doubled their seven-combined career-touchdowns entering the season.
Rypien’s 187.9 passer rating on the night was his sixth-highest of his career and his best-showing in 11 outings since posting a career-high 270.9 in the Hawai’i game last year.
True-freshman Wide Receiver CT Thomas produced 32 yards on three grabs. The total was eight-times more than his career yardage-production coming into the night.
No Boise State Wide Receiver went over the century-mark on the evening but the group’s 255 receiving yards were their second-most prolific outing this season (Virginia-295).
Roh’s 87 receiving yards set a career high and his two touchdowns matched a career-best.
JUCO-product Brock Barr continued his stellar special teams play this season by recovering a Utah State onside kick in the third quarter.
Mattison’s 110 rushing yards on 5.8 yards per carry marked his most efficient game of his career where he went over the century-mark.
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