Boise State storms back to beat Colorado State

Staying up late to watch the Mountain West matchup of Boise State versus Colorado State should have proved to be well worth your time.

When Colorado State took a 21-3 lead in the first quarter, many fans may have groaned at what appeared to be an oncoming route on their way to bed. The faithful who stayed up to watch the finish saw Boise fight back from a twenty-five point deficit and force overtime before winning 59-52.

The game started rough for Boise, who were riding a five-game winning streak. Cedrick Wilson was injured on BSU’s opening kick-off return, and the resulting shoulder injury caused him to make several uncharacteristic drops throughout the game. Colorado State took advantage of a strong performance from running back Dalyn Dawkins to open up a 28 to 3 lead early.




Boise State finally came alive in the second quarter. Touchdowns by Jake Roh and Alexander Mattison allowed Boise momentum into the second half trailing 35 to 17. A point of interest, in the closing seconds of the second quarter, head coach Brian Harsin dialed up a the hook-and-ladder play made famous at the end of regulation of the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, though to a less substantial result.

The third half started promising for the Broncos with Mattison ripping off a 70 yard run to open scoring, followed shortly thereafter with an interception by Avery Williams. After a short ensuing drive, Harsin again dialed up some trickery. Quarterback Brett Rypien faked a sweep to the right, and tossed a screen back to his left resulting in a touchdown. By the end of the third, Boise had drawn within four points.

In the fourth, Boise forced a field goal at 10:50, keeping the lead at one possession at 38 to 45. However, an untimely interception by Rypien under 7 minutes to go and the ensuing CSU score left many heading for bed. However, after a stop on defense, Rypien led a 75 yard drive and a Shaun Modster score with a minute forty-one left.




It came down to an onside kick, which Boise State executed perfectly. The ball took a long second hop that fell right into Cedrick Wilson’s hands. Roh was able to find the endzone once again forcing overtime.

In overtime Boise started with the ball. Mattison, who had a 242 yard day, put Boise State up 59-52. Colorado State was marching down the field on their possession until fumbling the ball away to Boise State to seal the win.

Boise State is now 8-2 on the season, and perfect in conference play. They’ll be back in action at home next Saturday, the 18th, against Air Force.

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Dan Hill

Dan is a Castleford, Idaho native and sports enthusiast. He has been rooting for Boise State since the games began being broadcast on KTVB and proudly attended his first game in 2003. After graduating Northwest Nazarene University, he moved back home and took up the family occupation of farming. His fiancé is a Vandal sympathizer; they’re working through it.

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