Fresno State feeling blue, Boise State defeats the Bulldogs on The Blue

Boise State took on No. 23 Fresno State in Albertsons Stadium on Friday night. Here’s a look at what happened throughout the game.

First Half

Boise State started the game with the ball and Rypien dropped back on their first play from scrimmage and hit Sean Modster on a 40+ yard play. The drive ended after Hoggarth missed a 50-yard field goal.

Fresno’s first drive ended in a three and out but had multiple false start calls on them as fans in Albertsons Stadium showed they were ready to make an impact in the game. Though it seemed that Fresno settled later throughout the first half.

The Broncos drew first blood midway through the first quarter when Hoggarth kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Boise State’s Curtis Weaver was a wrecking ball against the Fresno State offensive line, even with two blockers he was able to put some good pressure on Fresno’s quarterback Marcus McMaryion, and even force a fumble.

Fresno answered after a missed out of bounds call that brought the Bulldogs down into the red zone and ultimately resulted in a touchdown pass to KeeSean Johnson. Putting Fresno up 7-3.

Brett Rypien led a really good drive after the touchdown, but the Fresno State defense was able to stall the Bronco offense in the red zone. After the Broncos weren’t able to convert a 3rd down, Harsin decided to go for a fake field goal that was sniffed out by the Bulldog defense.

After a missed field goal by Fresno State, Rypien once again marched down the field late in the second quarter. It looked like yet another promising drive, but ended in a pass that was for Alexander Mattison but ended up in the hands of the Fresno State defense for their first interception of the game.

Fresno State responded with a late field goal that would end the half.

For how poorly Boise State played in the first half, Fresno State kept shooting themselves in the foot with penalties and kept the half close.

Fresno State went into halftime with the lead 10-3.

Second Half

Opening the second half Fresno State went right to work, marching down the field, taking over 4 minutes off the clock for a touchdown to extend their lead 14-3.

The first drive of the second half for the Broncos was a good dosage of Alexander Mattison as he rumbled into the end zone from 7 yards out for Boise State’s first touchdown of the game.

After the Broncos scoring drive, you could tell that there was a little more confidence in the Bronco defense as they forced Fresno State in a 3-and-out. Unfortunately, Boise State’s Chase Hatada went down to an injury that drive.

Another injury to the Boise State defense.

Mattison once again went right to work, hurdling defenders and delivering the hits. Boise State really established their run game, thanks to the improvement of the offensive line.

With Boise State once again knocking at the door in the red zone, Boise State had a third down they needed to convert. Rypien dropped back and couldn’t find anyone and he tucked it and ran.

He showed some speed we haven’t seen from him. He leaped towards the end zone. Many thought he had scored a touchdown, but he was ruled short.

A game of inches.

That ended the third quarter with the Broncos down 17-10.

Fourth Quarter

First play, Mattison ran it in for a 1-yard score for his second touchdown of the evening.

Game tied at 17.

Fresno State came back with back-to-back first downs, but the Bronco defense stuffed the Bulldogs around the 40-yard line to get the ball back.

With 9:22 remaining, facing a 3rd & 8, Rypien connects to freshman Khalil Shakir for a 49-yard touchdown taking the lead. 24-17. It was Shakir’s first recieving touchdown of the season.

That was 21 unanswered points from Brett Rypien and company.

Fresno State came marching down the field into Boise State territory. The Broncos forced the Bulldogs to kick a 50 yard field goal in which they blocked by who other than Avery Williams.

Keeping the momentum with the Broncos.

The Broncos went three-and-out, giving Fresno the ball back with 5:11 remaining.


Fresno State facing a 3rd & 8, Tyson Maeva sacked McMaryion to force the Bulldogs to call a timeout with 1:21 remaining in the game.

After the timeout, Fresno dropped back to throw and Avery Williams was on the play to make it an incompletion.

Boise State had a 3rd and short with under a minute to go. Mattison was on the run but was ruled short after the review. Once the refs measured where the ball was they ruled it a first down; ending the game in dramatic fashion.

Boise State 24 Fresno State 17.

Other Notes

  • Boise State’s Blake Whitlock made some big plays down the stretch
  • Fresno State has never won on The Blue
  • Boise State came back being down 17-3


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