Through the years, Boise State (7-2) and BYU (4-5) have had one memorable match-up after another. Tonights game was no exception, and now both teams can add another nail-biting chapter to the series.
The Broncos came away with the 21-16 win over the Cougars in what could be kindly be described as “sloppy”.
The first quarter started strong for Boise as Alexander Mattison would find the end zone on a 4th and 1 play to put the Broncos up 7-0. Boise would maintain their lead after the following BYU possession would end with a punt. The Broncos would answer with another touchdown as Rypien would find A. J. Richardson for the score to put Boise up by 14. Unfortunately the gas would run out early as the Broncos next drives would consist of a missed field goal, an interception, and a punt. The Cougars would end their half with two field goals.
Broncos lead BYU, 14-6 at the half.
Boise would begin the second half with a fumble, which would set up a Cougar touchdown and cut the Bronco’s lead down to one. It wouldn’t be long, however, until the Broncos answered with a TD of their own to grab their lead right back. Although both teams would turn over the ball on their next drives, BYU would manage to add to their point total with a field goal, cutting the Bronco’s lead to five. Poor offensive decision making by BYU would give the Broncos the 21-16 win
Before beginning this section of the article, I recommend anyone with a heart condition just be happy that the Boise won 21-16 and skip this section. I say this, because the final two minutes of the game damn near gave me a heart attack. You’ve been warned.
All seemed well for Boise as Skillin would punt the ball down to the BYU 17 yard line. Boise’s defense seemed to shut down the Cougar offense all night, so the likelihood of BYU scoring seemed low. The Bronco’s usually strong defensive unit was caught off guard by a screen pass that almost ended the game for Boise. Zach Wilson would fine Matt Hadley on a screen pass that would go 59 yards down to Boise 24 with 2:05 left in the game. BYU would manage to get all the way down to the 2 yard line before poor clock management and a sack would end the drive and game, securing the Bronco victory.
It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and we’ll take it any which way we can against BYU. Broncos have a top 25 opponent coming up in Fresno State as the Bulldogs head to Boise to take on your Broncos. Be there and be loud, Bronco Nation. We’ll need it.