Boise State won at BYU for the first time since 2003 with a 24-7 route of the Cougars on Friday night in Provo, Utah.
The Broncos (3-2) were coming off a 42-23 loss to Virginia on Sept. 22, while the Cougars (1-5) fell 40-24 at Utah State last Friday. BYU has now lost five straight.
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien finished 12 of 19 passing for 125 yards and threw his first touchdown pass of the season. Sophomore running back Alexander Mattison had the best game of his career, rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
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BYU — Ula Tolutau 3 run (Rhett Almond kick), 7:08. Key plays: The Cougars got the ball in Boise State territory after BYU intercepted Brett Rypien’s first attempt of the game and ran it to the Broncos’ 48. BYU faced a third-and-6 at the Boise State 28 when QB Tanner Mangum hit tight end Matt Bushman for a gain near the first-down marker. He appeared to fumble to just about anyone watching, and Boise State recovered. However, the replay official said he was down a yard shy of the first down. BYU converted the fourth-and-1 and scored three plays later. BYU 7, Boise State 0
BSU — Alexander Mattison 12 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 11:51. Key plays: The Broncos got solid field position thanks to a shanked 22-yard punt by BYU’s Jonny Linehan. On the third play of the drive, quarterback Brett Rypien hit receiver Cedrick Wilson for 12 yards on a third-and-6, then on the next play, after nearly being sacked, Rypien pitched the ball to tight end Jake Roh for 12. Mattison scored on a Wildcat snap, hitting the middle and bouncing outside for the score. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:26. BYU 7, Boise State 7
BSU — Hoggarth 20 field goal, 3:49. Key plays: Boise State got the ball near the BYU red zone thanks to a 51-yard interception return by sophomore safety Kekoa Nawahine on fellow Idahoan Mangum. Montell Cozart hit Wilson for 17 yards on the first play, but the Broncos were stuffed for just 2 yards the next three plays, with Rypien’s fade to A.J. Richardson unsuccessful on third down. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 1:56. Boise State 10, BYU 7
BSU — Sean Modster 24 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 0:36. Key plays: Rypien was 3-for-4 for 54 yards on the drive, capped off with his first touchdown pass of the season. Mattison rushed three times for 20 yards on the drive. The Broncos faced no worse than second-and-5 on the quick drive. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 1:27. Boise State 17, BYU 7
BSU — Mattison 2 run (Hoggarth kick), 14:18. Key plays: Rypien completed two third-down passes in his own territory to keep the drive alive, including a 14-yarder to Wilson on a third-and-11 from the Broncos’ 17. Mattison rushed eight times for 44 yards, including a 5-yard run on third-and-4 to get to the 4. He scored two plays later for his first multi-TD game. Drive: 16 plays, 82 yards, 6:41. Boise State 24, BYU 7
NEWS & NOTES
Mangum starts: After missing the past two games with an ankle injury, junior quarterback Tanner Mangum returned to the BYU starting lineup Friday against Boise State.
Mangum, a graduate of Eagle High, was injured near the end of BYU’s 19-13 loss to rival Utah on Sept. 9. The Cougars struggled in Mangum’s absence, losing to Wisconsin 40-6 and Utah State 40-24.
ESPN reported during the broadcast that Mangum was still walking in a boot on Thursday and his left ankle was heavily braced for Friday’s game.
Mangum told ESPN he was about “60 percent healthy, but mostly just sick and tired of being helpless” and wanted to go out there and do something about it.
BYU’s passing attack has struggled mightily, as the Cougars led the nation in interceptions thrown with 10 going into the game. Mangum was 49-of-90 passing for 466 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He started two years ago in the Broncos’ last visit to Provo, and led the Cougars to a comeback win. He played sparingly in 2016 behind Taysom Hill, a Pocatello native.
Nawahine gets second career pick: When former Boise State coach Chris Petersen first offered Kekoa Nawahine a scholarship, Petersen wasn’t sure which side of the ball the Rocky Mountain High product would play.
Nawahine started on both sides of the ball in high school, and was an all-5A SIC first-team selection at wide receiver and safety as a senior.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Nawahine eventually settled at safety for the Broncos, but he flashed a bit of his receiving skills with his second career interception against BYU. Nawahine intercepted Mangum in the second quarter and returned it 51 yards. His pick led to a 20-yard field goal by Haden Hoggarth and a 10-7 Boise State lead with less than 2 minutes left before the half.
Quick hits: Boise State senior center Mason Hampton and junior tight end Chase Blakley did not play. Hampton was seen with a boot on his right foot. With Hampton out, sophomore Garrett Larson started in his place. Hampton had started the first four games of the season. … The Broncos used a fifth offensive line combination in as many games. … Redshirt freshman running back Robert Mahone carried the Hammer and junior defensive end Durrant Miles carried the “Bleed Blue” flag. … Redshirt freshman Avery Williams got his first start at cornerback for Boise State.
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