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Broncos buck the Cowboys on The Blue

Heading into tonight’s game, both Boise State and Wyoming were looking to extend their conference record to 3-0. With Boise State coming off of their most impressive victory of the season against undefeated #19 San Diego State.

The Broncos lost to Wyoming last season in dramatic fashion and were looking for revenge on The Blue; and they got it.

The first drive of the game was given to Wyoming and Cowboys QB Josh Allen did not waste any time leading his team down the field to draw first blood. Allen leaped into the end zone from the 1-yard line.

Many in Bronco Nation were wondering who would start at the quarterback position this week as Montell Cozart finished last weekends game against San Diego State.

Saturday evening it was Brett Rypien who took to the field to start. The first drive for the Broncos looked promising but stalled after Rypien was sacked just outside of the Wyoming 10 yard line.

Boise State kicker Hoggarth was 6-6 field goals on the season but missed the 29-yard attempt.

The second quarter started with Boise State’s DeAndre Pierce intercepting Josh Allen, and the Bronco offense started with a mix of both Rypien and Cozart sharing the snaps.

The drive ultimately stalled and Hoggarth made his 23-yard FG to make the contest, 7-3 in the Cowboys favor.

For the rest of the first half, both teams couldn’t get anything rolling on offense as the half ended on Boise State’s Chase Hatada sacking Allen. The halftime score was 7-3.

2nd Half

Boise State took their time opening the second half with the ball, as they initially went pass happy to start the drive and went right to WR Cedrick Wilson; who wasn’t even targeted in the first half. Closer and closer to the end zone they went back to their running game.

Cozart ended up running into the end zone to cap off the impressive start by Boise State. It took the Bronco offense 18 plays, 71 yards and took 9:44 off the clock to start the half. One way to keep the dangerous Josh Allen off the field.

Though it seemed momentum was on the Broncos’ side, Josh Allen marched his Cowboy offense down the field and responded with a great play through the air, throwing a touchdown off of his back foot.

Bringing the Cowboys back in the lead late in the third quarter, 14-10.

Trading punches continued as Boise State on their following possession scored their second touchdown of the half that came from a lateral pass from Rypien to Cozart. A drive that took 10 plays, four minutes and 37 seconds.

Wyoming didn’t answer after that drive, and they wouldn’t answer for the rest of the game.

Boise State went right back to work, working the two-quarterback system and Cozart hit Wilson with a 24-yard touchdown pass to extend Boise State’s lead to 10 with 8:35 remaining in the game.

There was a good balance in plays between Cozart and Rypien throughout the second half, as well as a heavy dosage of Boise State RB Mattison. It was difficult for the Wyoming defense to adjust to the different looks and change of pace that both quarterbacks brought into the game.

Wyoming had another chance to make something happen within the last two minutes, but the Boise State defense kept putting the pressure on Allen. Ultimately forcing Allen to throw another interception to walk on Avery Williams to seal the victory, 24-14.

Boise State improves to 5-2 on the season, and 3-0 in conference. The Broncos will be playing against Utah State in Logan next Saturday at 8PM.


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