Senior safety Darian Thompson grabbed his 16th career interception in the first quarter to set up a field goal.
Senior cornerback Donte Deayon snagged his 16th in the third quarter, on a deflection created by a Thompson hit.
They’re two behind the Mountain West record (set by Eric Weddle at Utah) and the FBS-era school record (set by Gabe Franklin from 2001 to 2004).
The overall school record is 24 (Steve Forrey, 1968-70).
“We’re having a lot of fun with it,” Deayon said. “I told him on the sideline we’ve got to go break the school record.”
McNichols gets more
Sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols scored two more touchdowns in the first half to increase his season total to 10, most in the nation. McNichols has eight rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
Sophomore safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner injured his right leg when it got bent at a bad angle while he was making a tackle. He was on crutches and in a boot on the sideline in the second half. Coach Bryan Harsin said the injury was similar to that sustained by QB Ryan Finley, who is out seven to eight weeks with a broken bone in his right ankle. Finley didn’t need surgery.
Baby arrives just in time for Lee Marks
Running backs coach Lee Marks stayed behind when the team left for Virginia on Wednesday because his wife, Kim, was due to give birth to their son. She went into labor about the same time the plane took off and Liam Cruz was born at 8:57 p.m. He was 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches.
Marks caught a flight Friday morning and arrived in Charlottesville in time to coach in the game against Virginia.
Bacon leaves team; Dean out again
Redshirt freshman Troy Bacon, the backup left tackle, quit the team this week. He has no plans to play football, he said.
“Nobody saw it coming,” Bacon said. “Just felt like I took the wrong path to my goals and ambitions in life. ... You can’t force yourself to be happy when you really aren’t. ... Just needed to go after what I wanted in my life.”
Wide receiver D.J. Dean didn’t make the trip. He has missed the first four games because of injury.
Fat Guy Touchdown for Taimatuia
Boise State senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia scored his first college touchdown on a pick six on the first play from scrimmage. Touchdowns by linemen are known as Fat Guy Touchdowns on Twitter and there’s an award this year for the best play involving a big guy with the ball called the Piesman.
Defensive end Kamalei Correa pressured quarterback Matt Johns, who desperately threw a sidearm pass to his right. Taimatuia caught the ball with his left arm and ran 21 yards unchallenged for the TD.
“All of a sudden you see a big (Polynesian) running into the end zone,” junior linebacker Ben Weaver said. “You just run over and jump on him and celebrate.”
Taimatuia wasn’t available for interviews. The school posted a video of him on the team airplane discussing his favorite type of pie.
“My favorite pie is pineapple pie,” he said. “I’m from the islands. I love pineapples — sweet ones, too.”
Boise State wore all white. ... The single-game captains were linebacker Tanner Vallejo and left tackle Rees Odhiambo. ... Virginia starting cornerback Demetrious Nicholson was out with an injury. ... Linebacker Tyler Gray carried the Hammer. ... Boise State won the coin toss and deferred. ... The attendance was 42,427. ... Rypien’s uncle, former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, attended the game. So did Washington Redskins safety Jeron Johnson, a former Bronco, and Olympic gold medalist and Boise cyclist Kristin Armstrong.