Rypien is coming off the worst half of his brief career and now must deal with the best defense and most intense road environment on the Broncos’ remaining schedule.
He was 6-for-11 for 94 yards with an interception in the second half against Colorado State.
“He’s very coachable and hard on himself,” offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said. “He’s able to self-correct things quickly. I don’t think he felt like he performed very well in the second half.”
Rypien still has an impressive overall rating of 175.85, which would rank fifth in the nation if he had played enough games to qualify. He’s two games from that threshold.
Utah State’s defense hasn’t been as strong as in recent years but the Aggies still limit opposing quarterbacks to a 116.75 rating. They have allowed six touchdown passes against five interceptions in five games.
The Aggies’ numbers would look much better if not for one game. Washington, with true freshman quarterback Jake Browning, threw for 368 yards and three touchdowns against them. But Utah only managed 132 passing yards.
One potential area of concern for Boise State: Utah State has recorded 14 sacks this season, an average of 2.8 per game that is tied for 23rd nationally.
“They do a lot of different blitzes and movement that’s going to be a good challenge for us,” senior center Marcus Henry said.