In a game of many first, the Boise State Broncos have won their second home game of the season as they shut out the Bengals of Idaho State University by a score of 52-0.
The Broncos started slow as their first drive of the game as they went for a quick three and out and only 7 yards. The Bengals followed suit with a three and out of their own. The Boise State offense found their rhythm quick on the ensuing drive as Ryan Finley marched the Broncos 48 yards before handing of the ball to McWeapon himself for a touchdown. Boise State takes the lead 7-0.
The Broncos were not done yet as they marched 95 yards on 11 plays before Demas punches it in for a touchdown. Demas is the first Bronco other than McNichols to score a touchdown this season. Broncos increased their lead, 14-0.
Bronco Nation held their breath for a little bit as their starting quarterback, Ryan Finley, was taken out of the game after rolling his ankle on a 5 yard run. Thomas Stuart took over the drive.
The two following drives fell flat for the Broncos as they tallied up 21 yards between the two due to defensive pressure from the Idaho State defense.
However, after the two flat drives the Broncos offense did not miss a beat as Stuart came into the game looking as if he has been leading the Bronco’s offense since day one.
Stuart would lead a 58 yard touchdown drive that would see another Bronco score on offense. This time Stuart would find Holden Huff for a 9 yard touchdown reception. The score marked two first for the Boise State offense this season as Stuart threw the first passing touchdown of the season and Huff being the first receiver to score this season. Broncos lead increases to 21-0.
The first half would come to an end in a strange fashion as the refs missed a very blatant delay of game by the Bengals on a FG attempt. The field goal would miss and marked what would have been the end of their drive however, the refs ruled that Boise State had 12 men on the field at the time and gave Idaho State a first and goal which ended with two missed passes.
The Broncos defense impressed in the first half as they held the Bengals to 125 yards of offense and only 8 first downs. Jonathan Moxey also intercepted a pass meant for Madison Mangum.
The second half would begin with what would be a very long and painful 3rd quarter for the Idaho State Bengals as Boise State would score on every drive for 28 points.
Compliments of a botched punt by the Idaho State special teams, the Broncos started their first possession of the second half in Bengal territory and capitalized almost immediately. This time Kelsey Young is the Bronco to take the spotlight as he rushed for 22 yards all the way to the end zone for a score. Boise State’s lead grows, 28-0.
The Bronco’s special team defense came up strong as they ended a promising Idaho State drive by blocking a Bengal punt. The Broncos would take over deep in Idaho State territory.
The following drive saw yet another first as Brett Rypien would take the field and he did not disappoint. The true freshman looked like a seasoned senior as he lead the offense on an 80 yard touchdown drive which included passes to three different receivers. Rypien’s only incomplete was a deliberate throw away. The Bronco’s lead, yet again, increases to 35-0.
Rypien wasn’t done as he lead the offense on another 2 play, 62 yard drive as he threw an absolute bomb to Thomas Sperbeck for 46 yards. The drive ended with another McNichols touchdown after a 16 yard run. Broncos lead 42-0.
After a a fumble recovery by the Bronco defense, Rypien stepped on the field again to lead another Bronco scoring drive. This drive tallied up 87 yards off of 6 plays. Rypien connected a 27 yard bomb to Holden Huff. Demas would break a huge 47 yard rush before Young would finish the drive with a touchdown. Broncos lead 49-0.
The Broncos would begin the fourth quarter a little slower as they would settle for a field goal after a 10 play, 37 yard drive. Rypien would pass only twice this drive for a total of 11 yards as he lead a drive that was obviously meant to slow the tempo and preserve what was left of the Bengal’s dignity. Boise State would score a FG to increase their lead, 52-0.
A Tale of Four Quarterbacks
Harsin and company changed a few things up tonight after the unanticipated game ending injury of Ryan Finley. After Finley went down, Harsin sent in Stuart to take over for a quarter. Once the third quarter began, we saw Brett Rypien’s stellar play for a quarter and a half. Once the Broncos ended their 28 point 3rd quarter, we saw Alex Ogle, who despite not doing any passing or rushing, take over for the remainder of the game. Take a look at the quarterbacks stats below.
Jeremy McNichols had another huge night as he had a season high 3 touchdowns in the Broncos destruction of Idaho State. Despite the 3 TD performance, the running back only tallied up 69 yards on 15 carries. McNichols now has 7 touchdowns on the season.
McWeapon wasn’t the only weapon on the field tonight as Kelsey Young, the graduate transfer from Stanford University, had a spectacular night rushing for 2 touchdowns and tallying up 38 yards on 8 carries.
The Boise State defense put on another fun exhibit as they held the Idaho State offense to 298 yards as opposed to the Broncos 598. Idaho State’s rushing game was non-existent as they were held to just 36 yards on 22 attempts.
Despite the defense holding the Bengals to 36 yards of rushing, the offense of Boise State was the story tonight. The Broncos tallied up 598 yards of total offense, most of it coming on the ground at 344. Boise’s passing game was in full swing tonight as the Broncos racked up 254 passing yards. The offense as a whole nabbed up 32 first downs as well. The Broncos also avoided turnovers.
One of the biggest, and most frustrating, factors for Boise State last week were the penalties. The Broncos picked up a hindering 11 penalties for 76 yards in their loss to BYU. This week saw an entirely different story as Boise State only picked up 5 penalties for 25 yards.
Despite being against an FCS opponent, tonight looked like the Boise State of old. Let’s hope the Broncos can take this momentum into their next game as they face a Virginia team that has already played a playoff contending UCLA team and took a playoff favorite in Notre Dame down to the wire.