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Broncos leave Provo with 24-7 win over the Cougars

Boise State entered Provo on Friday night to take on the Cougars of BYU in one the Bronco’s less anticipated match-ups of the season. Most expected a Boise State win and the Broncos did not disappoint as they are taking home a 24-7 win.

Coming off a blowout loss to the Virginia Cavaliers, the Broncos returned to basics during the bye week and it showed. While this game did not have the flare and points of a traditional Boise State match-up, it did produce a win.

Boise State Offense

The first quarter did not start out all that impressive for the Broncos. Rypien led the Boise offense to the BYU 44 before throwing an interception. Ten plays and 48 yards later, the Cougars would capitalize on the turnover and tack on 7 points. This would be the only time BYU would find the end zone.

The Broncos wouldn’t find the end zone until the second quarter where a 12 yard Alexander Mattison run would tie the game up.

The Broncos would tack on a field goal to take lead 10-7. Perhaps the most memorable part of the game came when Rypien connected with Sean Modster for a 24 yard touchdown. This would be Brett Rypien’s first touchdown of the season. Broncos would take the lead, 17-7.

Boise State’s final score would come from Mattison who would punch his way into the end zone again for a touchdown. That would extend the Bronco lead to 17 with a score of 24-7.

Brett Rypien would end the night going 12/19 with 125 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. And even bigger spotlight would be Alexander Mattison who would have his first 100 yard rushing game of the season, the second of his career. Mattison also threw up two touchdowns.

Despite a having a “quieter than usual” night, Cedric Wilson still led the team in receiving yards with 43 yards. Modster added the only touchdown through air.

Boise State Defense

The Boise State defense would really step up this game. While being the more consistent aspect of the team all year, the return to basics mentality of the bye week really showed with this squad tonight.

The tackling in the secondary was a lot tighter tonight than it has been this season. While being more or less consistent overall, the linebackers really pressured BYU QB Tanner Mangum all night.

The Bronco defense would nab two interceptions throughout the night. The first coming from Kekoa Nawahine for 51 yards, and the second coming from Leighton Vander Esch for 36 that presumably put the game away for Boise State.

Boise State will be back in action as they head to San Diego to take on the 19th ranked San Diego State Aztecs in what will undoubtedly be their toughest conference match-up this season.

This game will air on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.


About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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