Boise State met Virginia on the gridiron first the first time in program history and the Broncos dominated every second of the match up. Boise State absolutely decimated the Cavaliers, 56-14.
The Broncos drew the first blood after Justin Taimatuia intercepts Virginia quarterback Matt Johns and returns it for 21 yards for a touchdown. Boise State is on the board, 7-0.
Bronco Nation got what they’ve been wishing for as Rypien got the start for this game. The freshman quarterback did not disappoint. On his first drive, the young quarterback led the Broncos 80 yards to set up McNichols for a 2 yards rushing score. Broncos lead grows, 14-0.
After ending the ensuing Cavalier drive with another interception, Boise would score yet again. This time a field goal. Bronco’s lead grows 17-0.
Virginia would find some magic as Matt Johns would lead the Cavaliers 75 yards for a touchdown. Broncos score again, 17-7.
After a few slow series, Rypien would find a grove and march 59 yards before completing a pass to Jeremy McNichols for a 10 yard touchdown. Broncos lead grows, 24-7.
It wouldn’t be long before the Boise State defense puts more points on the board as Armand Nance would sack Matt Johns in the end zone for a safety. Broncos up, 26-7
The Broncos would grow their lead by 6 more after a pair of field goals. First FG came from 30 yards out. Broncos would increase their lead 29-7. Virginia would answer back with their final score of the night as Matt Johns would connect with Taquan Mizzell for a 45 yard touchdown. At the end of the first half, Boise State would have a commanding 29-14 lead over the Cavaliers.
The second half would start off with a Bronco FG as Rausa would kick a 39 yarder. Rausa’s score increases the Broncos lead to 32-14.
Virginia would start their first touch of the second half the same way they started the first half, with a turnover. After refusing to go down, Taquan Mizzell would fumble the ball on the Virginia 40. Tanner Vallejo forced the fumble and Ben Weaver would recover and return it for 10 yards to the Virginia 30.
Rypien would immediately make Virginia regret this fumble as he would connect with Thomas Sperbeck for a 30 yard, 1 play, touchdown drive. Broncs lead grows, 39-14.
In what seemed like deep determination to try and match the offense on scores, the Broncos defense would score yet again as Mercy Matson would intercept Matt Johns and return it for 25 yards and a touchdown. Broncos up 46-14.
It was here that Virginia decided that it was time to change quarterbacks and put in back up Connor Brewer. Brewer would lead a promising drive before being the latest victim of the Bronco’s defense. Done Deayon would record his 16th career interception and return it 1 yard to the Cavalier 37. The Broncos would answer with a field goal to increase their lead to 49-14.
The Broncos final score would come after Rypien completes a massive pass to Thomas Sperbeck for 64 yards and a touchdown. Broncos go up 56-14.
Boise State looked as complete as ever as they put on a show for Bronco Nation, everyone watching, and especially the voters traveling over 2000 miles to take down a P5 opponent on the road. While Virginia may not be an ACC powerhouse like Florida State or Clemson, they are still a P5 opponent and will give the Broncos a little boost.
The crushing force of Boise State’s defense was on full display tonight as the Marcel Yates and his defense held Virginia to 273 yards as opposed to the Broncos 447. The Boise defense also force 5 turnovers as they intercepted the Cavalier’s quarterbacks 4 times and forced a fumble at the start of the second half. Four different defenders picked off passes tonight; Maston, Taimatuia, Thompson, and Deayon. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Virginia only managed 10 first downs.
Let ‘em Ryp
The Bronco’s defense wasn’t the only thing on full display tonight as the offense shined the entire night as well. Brett Rypien was given the starting position for tonights game and he looked good. Rypien would go 24-35, 321 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.
Rypien connected with Sperbeck twice tonight and helped the receiver gain the 121 yards he did tonight. Rypien also connected with McNichols for a score, one of two of his scores. McNichols also rushed for 69 yards off of 9 carries.
Boise State’s kicking game also impressed tonight as Rausa made 4 out of 5 kicks with his longest being 51 yards.
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After a big victory on the road, the Broncos will head home and rest up as they begin in conference play next week against an improving Hawaii team. Look for that game on October 3rd, at 7:15 PM Pacific on ESPN 2.
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