It’s Week 5 of our new feature: BSU Takes.
After each game, I post my top takeaways. During the game, I solicit takeaways from fans on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll run a select few — and a shorter version of my story — in the newspaper. But the full version will always be in the Bronco Beat blog with many contributions from fans.
Boise State crushed Hawaii 55-0 on Saturday night. You can find our comprehensive, multimedia coverage of the game here and Dave Southorn’s traditional game story here.
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1. A throwback win: Boise State whipped Hawaii with what looked like a Ryan Dinwiddie/Dan Hawkins-era game plan — a heavy dose of running followed by persistent deep shots, with true freshman QB Brett Rypien capitalizing repeatedly. Coach Bryan Harsin added a timeout to get a fumble reviewed leading 52-0 to put a brash cap on the win. Rypien connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Anderson, a 21-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Sperbeck (the ball traveled about 30 yards from the line of scrimmage, not counting the distance to the sideline) and a 51-yard pass to Sperbeck. He also took a shot to Anderson that forced a pass interference penalty. “It wasn’t anything other than Brett saw it,” offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said. “We go through progressions and we have deep throws on most of our concepts and he was able to see them and go for them and made great decisions and made good throws.”
2. D-ominant: Boise State’s defense hasn’t allowed an opposing offense to score a touchdown on the blue since the 5:31 mark of the fourth quarter in the Mountain West championship game last season. That’s 185 minutes, 31 seconds of dominance. The group also has outscored the past three opponents 16-14. “It just shows us that when we talk about being dominant, it’s possible,” senior safety Darian Thompson said. The defense is making the quarterback transition to Rypien go more smoothly, too. “They’re making it easy for the offense,” Drinkwitz said.
3. A matter of who, not if: Boise State defensive backs Donte Deayon and Darian Thompson have been chasing the Mountain West career interceptions record all season. Each has 17, one short of the mark, and both likely will surpass it. The question: Who gets more? “If he finishes ahead, I’m fine with that, but I’m going to go out there and he’s going to get a run for his money,” Deayon said.
NOW FOR READERS’ TAKEAWAYS ...
Virginia Barnard Rayne: Great to see the Broncos dominate an entire game and get a shutout! SO proud of our Broncos and Coaches!
Stop talking about BYU "ifs". Move forward #BSUTake— Mr. Diggity (@Noel_From_Boise) October 4, 2015