Athletes, elite and otherwise, are trained and instructed to have a short term memory on the field. Bad throws and horrible games take great precedence in this credo and solid outings are encouraged to be filed away for later.
These words can be very easily applied to Boise State Broncos senior quarterback Brett Rypien during his time on the blue.
It was a little over three years ago when Rypien stepped onto the field as a true freshman.
In the third game of 2015, at home against Idaho State, quarterback Ryan Finley injured his ankle in the first quarter. Tommy Stuart finished out the half, but all eyes were on the highly touted Rypien as the second half began.
Rypien started that half, becoming the first true freshman to play quarterback for the Broncos since Tony Hilde. Rypien finished 8-9 for 126 yards and led Boise State to four straight scoring drives in a 52-0 victory.
Three Septembers later, Rypien is a four-year starter and prepping for the first game of his final run through the Mountain West Conference.
A career filled with lasting memories, both of the short and long variety, has highlighted Rypien’s time at Boise State. High-reaching ups and low-lying downs have all been present for Rypien, including against this week’s opponent, the Wyoming Cowboys.
Boise State is 11-1 all-time against Wyoming, with Rypien standing at 2-1 in games he’s played versus the Cowboys.
Rypien helped the Broncos defeat the Cowboys as a freshman by throwing for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. Boise State won that season, 34-14.
In 2017, in a junior season that finished strongly after a slow start, Rypien was still splitting time with Montell Cozart at quarterback. The Broncos won again on the blue, 24-14, as Rypien was 14-19 for 124 yards.
Boise State Broncos vs Wyoming Cowboys: 2016
Short term memory might be a good thing when it comes to the last time Boise State traveled to Laramie.
Or, it might be served as fuel to get Rypien and the Broncos up for this key road game.
In 2016, Wyoming enjoyed the fruits of an offense led by Josh Allen, Brian Hill, Tanner Gentry and Jacob Hollister. And Boise State was ranked number 13.
Rypien was 22-35 for that game with 295 yards and one interception. He even caught a touchdown pass on a throw from Thomas Sperbeck.
But it was a late-game fumble by Rypien — and subsequent safety — with 1:25 left in the game that gave Wyoming a 30-28 lead and eventual victory.
Now that we took a second to rehash ancient history, it’s time to re-commit. Let’s place the events of that year to the vast wasteland of football past and focus again on 2018.
Rypien in 2018
Three games in and Rypien is enjoying the kind of season fans, coaches, and teammates expected of him.
Rypien has stood tall, delivered the ball to a whole handful of receivers, and done so without throwing an interception. He’s thrown for 1074 yards and ten touchdowns, bringing his career total to 10,923 and 70, respectively.
This week is another step in the process of retaining the title of Mountain West champs. While it’s not the type of redemption as a victory over Air Force (after three straight) losses, a victory on the road, in Laramie, would be a good sign for 2018. And might even take away some of the bad taste of 2016.
As for Rypien and the Boise State Broncos, a victory means 1-0 and a great win in 2018, with hopefully more than a few good memories to boot.