The 19th ranked Boise State Broncos punted on their first drive and were tied with the Lobos after ten minutes of game action in Albuquerque. It was all Brett Rypien, Thomas Sperback and Cedrick Wilson from that point on.
Sperbeck hauled in nine receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the first half while his partner in crime, Wilson, had 8 for 155 and 3 scores. Boise State’s sophomore signal caller had a masterful first 30 minutes, completing 21 of 28 passes for 368 yards and 5 touchdowns with no picks.
WATCH | Brett Rypien with his fifth TD pass of the night, this one 41 yards to Thomas Sperbeck! It's 42-7 Boise State pic.twitter.com/YDJASnIDip
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Ray Ford recored a first half interception and the Bronco defense held the New Mexico triple option that had given them fits the last two seasons to only 62 rushing yards in the first half.
Boise State had the game on ice by halftime, leading 42-7 after compiling over 400 yards of total offense.
New Mexico added two garbage time touchdowns after the game was well in hand to bring the score to 49-21.
Rypien finished his night early, completing 21 of 28 passes for 391 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. Sperbeck and Wilson each hauled in 9 passes for a combined 365 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jeremy McNichols added 2 touchdowns and 54 yards on the ground.
This was just the Broncos second win in five tries against a triple option offense that included a 49 point performance by New Mexico in the Broncos lone win over that span 2 years ago. In their last four contests against a triple option attack Boise State surrendered an average of 36.3 points and 495.5 yards per game.
Tonight the Bronco defense rose to the occasion, only allowing 302 total yards and 7 points before the game was effectively over.