Boise State Falls in Defeat in Cactus Bowl

In the first ever meeting between Boise State and Baylor, the Baylor Bears came out the victor. Baylor laid a beat down on the Broncos from start to finish in a 31-12 victory.

Nothing went the Broncos way in Coach Harsin’s first bowl loss of his career as head coach of Boise State.




Baylor drew first blood with a 30-yard touchdown strike from Zach Smith to  KD Cannon. Boise State would answer with a field goal by Tyler Rausa to cut the Bears lead to four.

Smith would find Cannon again for another touchdown, this time a 68-yard pass. Baylor would extend their lead to 18 with a 5-yard touchdown run from JaMycal Hasty.

The Broncos would close out the first half by stalling inside the redzone, adding a late field goal by Rausa. Boise State would head into the locker room down 15 by a score of 21-6.

Boise State would end the first half with a total of 211 yards against Baylor’s 353 yards. The Bears would also edge out the Broncos on first downs picking up 17 to Boise’s 14.

The Broncos received the ball to start second half, putting together a strong drive only to have it die with a turnover on downs.

Brett Rypien would try to connect with Cedrick Wilson in the corner of the end zone only to have it fall incomplete.

Baylor would follow up the drive with a field goal.

From here the Broncos would end their next three drives with a turnover on downs, a fumble, and a punt.

Boise State would eventually find the end zone with a Rypien to Wilson 28-yard touchdown pass on their last possession of the game to bring the score to 31-12.




Boise State ended the game with 383 yards and three turnovers. Rypien would end with 31 completions, 300 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Rypien would also account for all three of the Broncos turnovers.

Jeremy McNichols would be quiet tonight as well as the NFL bound running back would muster only 46 yards on 19 carries. This is first time in 24 games the star running back would not have a touchdown.

The Broncos end the season with a record of 10-3.

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Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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