The Boise State Broncos remained the only team unbeaten in Mountain West play with a convincing road win on Saturday night.
On Halloween weekend, life tends to lead to the spooky, the creepy, and often a general excitement. The Boise State Broncos used the weekend to exorcise some demons.
Returning to the site of an eight-turnover debacle of 2015, the Broncos racked up a season-high 533 total yards in defeating the Utah State Aggies 41-14.
And thanks to a Colorado State loss earlier in the day, Boise State is alone in first-place in the Mountain Division.
Brett Rypien and Montell Cozart used the two-quarterback system to their advantage, throwing for 370 yards and five touchdown passes.
Rypien had his finest game of 2017, completing 19-27 for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Cozart went 5-7 for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Alexander Mattison, after a sluggish first-half, finished with 110 yards. It marked the third time in the last four games Mattison has gone over 100 yards. During this span, Mattison has ran for 447 yards.
The Broncos led start to finish in picking up their sixth win of the season.
Starting out strong
Rypien went 8-8 on the first two drives, both of which resulted in touchdowns.
It took only five plays for Boise State to drive 75 yards, ending with a Rypien to Cedrick Wilson 19-yard touchdown pass.
After forcing a Utah State punt, the Broncos went back to work. Part of the success was due to plays of ten yards or more. They had three such plays on the drive (and 20 on the night), including a 20-yard reception by A.J. Richardson and a 21-yard run by Mattison.
Rypien finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Octavius Evans, the first of Evans career.
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A couple of drives later, Utah State was able to get on the board, thanks in large part to penalties by Boise State.
A face mask call and a pass interference (two of seven Bronco penalties in the quarter) helped the Aggies move the ball. The result was a 2-yard pass from Jordan Love to Ron’quavion Tarver.
The defense settled in during the second quarter while the offense continued to click. Cozart found Mattison for a nice 3-yard touchdown pass. Rypien, on the Broncos final drive of the half, hit Jake Roh for a 22-yard score to put Boise State up 28-7 at halftime.
The defense allowed Utah State only one first down in the quarter and 41 total yards.
After a three-and-out by Utah State to start the half, the Broncos used a 9-play, 77-yard drive to extend their lead.
This time around, it would be Cozart and Roh hooking up for the score. Earlier in the drive, Rypien found Roh for an 18-yard gain 3rd and 16. Cozart’s pass to Roh for the score went for 35 yards.
The Aggies did their best to stay within striking distance. They used an 83-yard drive to bring the score to 35-14 on a LaJuan Hunt 1-yard touchdown run.
An onside kick ensued, but was recovered by Bronco Brock Barr. And from there, a heavy dose of Mattison, stout play from the defense, and two Hayden Hoggarth field goals (27, 29) sealed the victory.
Seven different receivers caught passes for Boise State, led by Wilson’s six for 94 yards. Roh had four for 87 and Richardson had four for 65.
Ryan Wolpin added 51 yards on the ground.
The defense again held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing. Hunt finished with only 31 on 14 carries while Tre Miller had 7 for 40.
Tyson Maeva was all over the field for the Broncos, who lost David Moa to an injury in the second quarter. (Though he was still in uniform and on the sideline in the 2nd half).
Boise State will look to win their fifth straight when they play host to Nevada on Saturday (11/4). Kickoff is set for 5 pm.