No.22 Boise State kept their Mountain West and New Year’s Six chances alive with a 42-25 win over UNLV Friday night.
Boise State (10-1, 6-1 Mountain West) reached 10 victories for the second time in three seasons under head coach Bryan Harsin. UNLV (4-7, 3-4) lost for the fifth consecutive try at Boise State, and had a total of 302 yards of total offense which happened to be their second-lowest output of the season.
The Broncos racked up 380 yards of total offense, but fell behind 3-0 early against UNLV. They would rebound with a pair of touchdown drives. The first was a 19-play drive that lasted 8:18 (their longest of the season) after UNLV converted a fumble into a field goal on Boise State’s opening possession. The Broncos followed up with a 1-play drive that lasted just seven seconds ( their shortest of the year) after a 73-yard punt return by Cedrick Wilson.
Quarterback Brett Rypien passed for 109 yards on 10-of-20 passing. Junior Jeremy McNichols, the nations fifth-leading rusher, ran for 206 yards on 31 carries and scored a career-high of four touchdowns. Thomas Sperbeck added five catches for 47 yards in his final regular-season home game.
WATCH | Jeremy McNichols goes 31 yards for his 4th TD of the night! He's now at 206 yards on the ground! Broncos lead UNLV, 42-17. pic.twitter.com/mTbGNkS9KW
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) November 19, 2016
The win over UNLV keeps the doors open for a chance at a Mountain West championship game and a New Year’s Six bowl. Boise State not only has to win their last game, but also need either San Diego State or New Mexico to beat Wyoming in order to reach a Mountain West title game.
Boise State will finish their regular season on the road where they will face Air Force on Nov.25. This is a must win game for the Broncos, their hopes of a division title is on the line. This game is slated for a 1:30pm kickoff on Black Friday and can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.