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Act One of the Two Act Playwright goes to Fresno State

In the finale game of the regular season, the Broncos traveled just over 720 miles to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Fresno, a team that went 1-11 in 2016, turned their season completely around in 2017. Currently at 9-3, the Bulldogs will be the West representative for the Mountain West Conference championship game.

The Broncos, after a win against the Air Force Academy, locked up the rights to be the Mountain Division representative of the conference.

The Broncos and the Bulldogs will, in turn, play two consecutive weeks against each other.

Here’s how the first contest went:

1st half

The first touchdown against Fresno ended just like it did the week before: A.J. Richardson with a touchdown reception.

The junior receiver scored his first career touchdown against the Falcons. His second career touchdown came just six days and 17 hours later.

Rypien threw for 161 yards, completing 12 of his first 14 pass attempts. Wilson accounted for 80 of those 161 total yards.

Midway through the second quarter, the Bronco offense already had over 220 total yards. However, penalties, a red zone field goal that went wide left, and a fourth down stop for the Bulldogs quieted three of the four Bronco drives.

2nd Half

The Bulldogs five series in the first half ended in this fashion: TD, punt, punt, punt, field goal.

Both teams punted on each of their first drives of the 2nd half. However, on the Bulldogs’ second drive, freshman running back Jordan Mims punched it in from the goal line.

The Broncos started the next series down 16-7.

With a chip on their shoulder, the Broncos took the ball into Fresno territory. Senior Cedrick Wilson hit the 100-yard mark, for receptions, at the 4:02 mark of the 3rd quarter.

Sophomore Alexander Mattison punched in the only second-half touchdown for the Broncos. With the score now being 17-19, the Broncos looked like they could pull it out.

However, it would prove to be too little too late

The Bulldogs scored just twenty game seconds later.

All in all, the Broncos were on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Final: Bulldogs 28- Broncos 17

Personal Achievements

Senior Cedrick Wilson hit the 100 yard mark, for receptions, at the 4:02 mark of the 3rd quarter

Alexander Mattison achieved the 1,000 yard rushing mark. This is the ninth consecutive season the Broncos boast such a stat.

Looking at Next Week

The Broncos 7 game winning streak may have ended, but the season is not over.

The Broncos and Bulldogs will face off again on December 2nd.

The site for the game is still TBA. It will be announced Sunday, November 26th.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek Harris
Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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