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Virginia defeats Boise State on The Blue

The Boise State Broncos put on a poor display of football on Friday night when the Cavaliers of Virginia came rolling into town. The University of Virginia owned the night in just about every fashion against Boise State, beating them by a score of 42-23.

The game started out like any other Boise State game, a solid march down the field to score. In a 7 play drive lasting 2:58 seconds, Ryan Wolpin would charging into the end zone on a 5 yard run.

Virginia would answer back with a touchdown of their own to tie up the game. From there the Cavaliers just take off. They would throw up 14 more points to take a 21-14 lead into the half.

Now, the Broncos have been in worse positions come halftime in the past, but this was different. The feel from the team was complete life-less-ness, for lack of a better term.

The second half was even less kind to Boise as Bronco Nation would watch the Cavaliers throw up 21 more points before finally ending the abuse. Boise would go down 42-14 before be allowed to throw somewhat of a punch back and tacking on 9 points to end the game 42-23.

The Cavaliers

Virginia was not going to travel 2,400 miles just to lose. They came ready to play, and play they did. They managed 440 yards of total offense behind the immensely talented Kurt Benkert. Benkert finished with 273 yards and 3 touchdowns. The senior quarterback was averaging 9.4 yards a pass on the Bronco’s secondary.

As if burning Boise State through the unrelenting bombing raid of a pass game wasn’t enough, the Cavaliers added another 167 yards and 3 touchdowns with their bulldozing ground game.

Jordan Ellis led the Cavalier rushing attack with 93 yards and 2 touchdowns. Olamide Zaccheaus added another 64 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Broncos

Boise State had a far less impressive showing than their actual football playing counterparts from Virginia. Brett Rypien managed to tally up 285 yards of passing, but not a single touchdown.Cozart was underutilized but managed to grab 68 yards of his own and 1 touchdown in very limited playing time. Cozart would only be allowed to through 15 passes all game.

Boise State’s rush attack was simply not there. Other than a rushing touchdown from a tight end and another from Wolpin, there is just not a whole lot to talk about. The team amassed 30 total yards in rushing.


Wilson had a massive night with 206 total yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, he was the only Bronco that really produced tonight. As noted, the run game produced next to nothing in terms of offense. One of the most noticeable frustrations came from Sean Modster. The junior from high school powerhouse Mission Viejo seemed to only drop passes tonight.

All in all, Boise State had a dismal showing. This was not a signature Bronco game and will definitely be forgotten sooner rather than later. But there are lessons to be learned from this game. The season is young. A conference title is still the goal and this game has no factor on that. Time to regroup, lick our wounds, and move ahead.

The Broncos head into a bye week with hopes of settling some issues on both sides of the ball. Boise State returns to take on BYU in Provo, Utah on October 6th on ESPN at 7:15 PM PST.


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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