On an inconsistent team experiencing an up-and-down season, Boise State sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols has been the safest bet in town.
Every game, he scores. Every week since Mountain West play began, he rushes for at least 100 yards.
And so it should have come as little surprise that even though he had 38 rushing yards in the first three quarters Friday afternoon that he exploded for 154 in the fourth quarter.
McNichols finished with a career-high 192 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. He leads the nation with 23 total touchdowns this season, holds a Mountain West record with 11 straight games with a rushing touchdown (every game he has played in this year) and has tied a Mountain West record with seven straight 100-yard rushing games (every MW game he has played in this season).
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“He’s a beast, man. I could see it in his eyes before the game that he was out here to get some,” true freshman quarterback Brett Rypien said. “He went off tonight.”
McNichols’ first touchdown gave the Broncos the lead late in the third quarter. He caught a pass inside the 5-yard line and carried linebacker Christian Tago to the pylon for the score.
“An unbelievable individual effort,” Rypien said.
On the Broncos’ next play, McNichols darted through a gaping hole, ran through the tackle attempt of linebacker Frank Ginda, cut to the sideline and outran the defense to the end zone. The 88-yard run was the longest in school history.
“We’re coming out and thinking we’re going to drive the ball down, this is going to be another long drive, and he just busts one 88 yards,” Rypien said. “It’s huge.”
McNichols — with help from the offensive line, tight ends and wide receivers (Chaz Anderson got a shout-out from the coaches) — carried on all four plays of a 59-yard touchdown drive later in the quarter.
“We just physically dominated them with our O-line and the running game,” McNichols said. “That’s how we finished.”