Brett Rypien had a hot first-half and Tyler Horton scored twice as the Boise State Broncos opened the 2018 season with a road win at Troy.
In legend, the ancient Greek city of Troy was under siege for ten years.
The siege at Troy University on Saturday lasted only four quarters on Saturday, but the Boise State Broncos football team made it seem like ten years to Troy fans.
Senior Brett Rypien threw four touchdowns, senior Sean Modster had a career day, and senior Tyler Horton had two fumble recoveries for scores as the Broncos defeated the Trojans 56-20.
Even with the seniors lighting up the scoreboard, the star of the day (and internet sensation) was the newly introduced throne.
The Broncos turnover throne was occupied four times on the day, twice by Horton. Linebacker Tony Lashley had the first go at it early in the second quarter when he picked off Troy’s Kaleb Barker (off a Horton deflection). And Jalen Walker finished off the day with a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter.
Rypien passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, going over 10,000 yards in his career with a 15-yard completion to Modster in the second quarter. Modster had his first 100-yard game, finishing with seven catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
A season after not throwing his first touchdown pass until October, it took Rypien less than five minutes to get his first of 2018.
After holding Troy to a three-and-out, Boise State marched down the field in six plays, resulting in Rypien-to-Modster’s first touchdown of the game, a 20-yard strike.
After forcing another three-and-out, the Broncos offense was ready to get back to work. Unfortunately, a special teams error resulted in a muffed punt. Troy recovered the ball and scored five plays later on a Jabir Daughtry-Frye 23-yard touchdown run.
After an exchange of possessions — and a huge stop by Sonatane Lui and Kekoa Nawahine on 4th and 2 — the Broncos responded with another scoring drive.
This time it was Rypien hitting CT Thomas on a 53-yard touchdown pass, the first score of Thomas’ career. With 36 second left in the quarter, Boise State was up 14-7.
Scoring continued for Boise State after the Lashley pick. Alexander Mattison finished off a five-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.
Five minutes later, Akilian Butler found the end zone on a 3-yard pass from Rypien. Earlier in the drive, Modster hauled in a 46-yard catch.
The defense continued to dominate, picking up sacks by Durrant Miles and one shared by Kayode Rufai and Jabari Watson.
With the ball back in Rypien’s hands, it didn’t take long to move the numbers on the scoreboard. On 3-and-12, he found Modster for a 54-yard score and with 2:13 left in the half, Boise State was up 35-7.
Troy missed a chance to get closer as Tyler Sumpter missed a 32-yard field goal as the half ended.
It was the Horton scoring show in the second half.
His first fumble recovery of the game turned out to be a 55-yard score, after a hit by Nawhine forced the ball loose.
Horton would find the end zone for the second time in the half — and fourth time in his career — after a sack by Miles caused a fumble. Horton picked the ball up and rumbled in from 11 yards for the score.
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 2, 2018
His second score came after Troy had closed the gap to 42-20. The Trojans used an 11-play drive after Horton’s first score, ending with a B.J. Smith 1-yard run.
Early in the fourth. Barker found Deondre Douglas for a 33-yard touchdown to draw the Trojans closer.
But the defense hunkered down and a late 44-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Chase Cord — on his second career snap — provided the final margin.
Thomas had 3 catches for 68 yards as eight difference receivers finished with a catch.
Mattison carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards as the Broncos finished with 111 yards on the ground.
The Trojans finished with 124 yards on the ground, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Daughtry-Frye led the way with 41. Barker finished with 25 yards on the ground and was 20-29 for 211 yards through the air.
Douglas finished with 7 catches for 102 yards and the score.
Boise State finished with five sacks, even without David Moa. Both Moa and wide receiver Octavius Evans did not play. DeAndre Pierce had 12 tackles to lead the team.
Next up, Boise State plays host to UConn on 9/8 at 8:15 pm (MT)