You never know what’s going to happen in Reno.
The last few games between Boise State and Nevada have been close, and it looked like it was going to be a fight right from the get-go. A sloppy fight.
Here’s a rundown of what happened Saturday night.
Nevada started marching down the field on their first drive and was able to kick a field goal to draw first blood.
Boise State seemed to have a hangover from the loss to San Diego State and it showed.
After Boise State’s first drive ended shortly after Nevada’s first drive, Nevada kept chipping away on their second drive as they got into the red zone knocking at the door once again early.
During that drive, Nevada ended up fumbling which led later to a big run by Boise State’s John Hightower.
He ran 88-yards to take it to the house for the game’s first touchdown.
Mr. Hightower has some wheels 🔥
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 14, 2018
Rypien continued his struggles from the last game into this game as he threw two interceptions, one of them was questionable whether or not it was actually an interception. It was reviewed and later ruled an interception.
After the first interception, Nevada marched right down the field in two plays to score their first touchdown. The second interception of Rypien’s was followed by another interception from Nevada.
Tyler Horton picked off Nevada’s quarterback Ty Gangi and ran it back 99-yards for the Pick 6.
HOW DID HE SCORE?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 14, 2018
With the Broncos driving towards the end of the first half, another Bronco turnover happened when John Hightower had a catch at midfield and was stripped by the Nevada defense.
After multiple penalties called on the Boise State defense, (roughing the passer, pass interference) Nevada was once again down in the red zone and was able to throw a jump ball pass to go up right before the end of the half, 17-14.
With under 50 seconds remaining in the first half, Rypien led the offense down the field and was able to have Hayden Hoggarth kick a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 17 a piece at halftime.
Boise State started with the ball in the second half and went right to work, looking more composed and focus to start the new half.
Taking up almost 5 minutes on their drive, Boise State went for it on a 4th and 6 from the 36-yard yard line where Rypien found CT Thomas for Rypien’s first touchdown since the Wyoming game on September 29th.
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) October 14, 2018
Nevada would once again answer on the next drive as they converted a critical fourth down and two plays later Gangi threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to McLane Mannix over the middle to tie the game at 24.
And the back and forth continued as Rypien threw a beautiful ball to sure-handed AJ Richardson in the end zone.
Starting the second half, Rypien had gone 8-8 and had thrown two touchdowns to start the first two drives of the second half.
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) October 14, 2018
Nevada again, responded the next drive by kicking a field goal with 1:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter, 31-27 in Boise State’s favor.
The fourth quarter started very much like how the half started, Boise State was making its way methodically down the field.
he caught it with his bottom pic.twitter.com/jsP5a9STZp
— nick (@nick_pants) October 14, 2018
Rypien had been solid all second half until he threw it to CT Thomas, a good pass mind you, and the ball bounced off of Thomas’ hands and into the Nevada defense.
Nevada’s drive ended in a pooch punt and Boise State took over with under 10 minutes to go in the game.
With 3:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Boise State had a 3rd and 6 on Nevada’s 37 yard line but decided to run the ball in a very questionable call by the coaches, but it ended up paying off.
After the Broncos didn’t convert on 3rd down, Nevada called their last timeout. On 4th & 8 Rypien connected with CT Thomas to convert for the first down. The play was challenged and it stood after the review.
Boise State was able to milk the clock to victory, 31-27.
"Stay away from negative people they have a problem for every solution." Have a productive day! #ATF
— Bryan Harsin (@CoachHarsin) October 12, 2015
Boise State improves to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference.
Next game will be at Albertsons Stadium on Friday, October 19th vs Colorado State on ESPN2.