Homecoming 2017 was a success for the Boise State Broncos as they won their fifth-straight and remained in first place in the Mountain West.
Head coach Bryan Harsin and offensive coordinator Zak Hill reached into their bag of tricks to treat fans of the Boise State Broncos to a show on Saturday night.
Brett Rypien ran the ball. Cedrick Wilson threw the ball. Montell Cozart caught the ball.
In the end, the performance was vintage Boise State as the Broncos defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack 41-14.
The offense put up 479 yards of offense in winning with the exact same score as the Utah State game.
Rypien was 20-27 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 15-yard reception, ran for nine yards and once again did not turn the ball over.
Wilson caught five passes for 80 yards and was 2-2 for 46 yards while Cozart did a bit of everything. Cozart completed three passes for 35 yards, ran six for 24 and caught one pass for 31 yards.
It was a nearly flawless night for the offense and the defense, despite a slow start, finished with three interceptions to seal the Boise State victory.
Trickeration back in vogue
The Broncos found themselves in a 7-0 hole after the game’s first drive. Nevada took the opening kickoff, driving 75 yards in 13 plays. The drive took over six minutes and was capped off by a Kelton Moore four-yard touchdown run.
Boise State responded with a drive of their own, highlighted by 14-yard receptions by Wilson and CT Thomas. Rypien hauled in a reception of his own but ultimately the Broncos settled for a Hayden Hoggarth 20-yard field goal.
The Wolf Pack was moving the ball again when the Broncos forced their first turnover of the night. Kekoa Nawahine picked off a Ty Gangi pass, setting Boise State up with prime field position.
Alexander Mattison put the Broncos up 10-7 with his first touchdown of the night.
A Nevada drive, including a 26-yard reception by Wyatt Demps on 3rd-and-6, bled over into the second quarter. Moore had a 34-yard run and Gangi hit Trevion Armstrong for a one-yard score as Nevada led 14-10.
It would be the last time the Wolf Pack led, or scored, for the rest of the night.
They tried an onside kick after the score, which was recovered by Cam Hartsfield. Two plays later, Rypien found Wilson for 44 yards for the touchdown. The toss was Rypien’s 50th-career passing touchdown.
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After freshman Curtis Weaver’s interception, the Broncos would drive down for another score. A Ryan Wolpin 1-yard touchdown run put Boise State up 24-14.
On Nevada’s next drive, the Bronco defense held once again, forcing the first punt of the game.
Rypien found senior Jake Roh for 19-yards on a 3rd-and-13 to keep the ensuing drive going. A.J. Richardson added a 18-yard reception and the drive ended with a Rypien to Roh 25-yard strike. The score was Roh’s 7th receiving touchdown of the season and the Broncos led 31-14 at the break.
Digging in and holding court
Though not as scoring heavy as the first half, the Broncos did exactly what was needed in preserving the victory.
Wilson found Cozart for a 31-yard reception on the first drive of the half. The series also saw Rypien running for 14-yards on a draw and ended with Mattison’s second touchdown of the night, a six-yard run.
Hoggarth would end the scoring with a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth.
A heavy dose of running and solid defense helped Boise State take care of business. The Broncos did not punt until roughly six minutes remained in the game.
Tyler Horton had the Broncos third pick of the night and Weaver added his seventh sack of the season late in the fourth.
After the sluggish start, Boise State allowed only 88 total yards by the Wolf pack in the second half.
Mattison had 64 yards rushing as the Broncos relied mostly on their passing game. Roh added four receptions for 67 yards, Richardson had 3-37 and 11 different players finished with a reception for Boise State.
Gangi was 24-37 for 160 yards for Nevada. Moore became the first 100-yard rusher allowed by the Broncos in 2017. He finished with 106 on 17 carries.
Next up for the Broncos is a visit to Colorado State. The Rams lost in a blizzard on the road to Wyoming Saturday night.