Boise State true freshman quarterback Brett Rypien returned to his sharp-shooting ways Saturday night against Wyoming — and became the Mountain West’s leading passer in the process.
Rypien didn’t play in the Broncos’ first two games of the season, so he didn’t meet the NCAA threshold to be considered for statistical leaders until Sunday. The NCAA requires stat leaders to participate in 75 percent of their team’s games.
Rypien improved his pass efficiency rating to 152.0, which ranks 21st in the nation. Wyoming’s Cameron Coffman, who was injured during the game, slipped to 151.4 and ranks 23rd.
The next-best Mountain West QB is Kenny Potter of San Jose State, who is 61st at 133.3.
Only one freshman has a higher rating than Rypien — Syracuse true freshman Eric Dungey at 159.8.
Rypien was 22-for-28 for 211 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers and no sacks against Wyoming.
He shook off a five-turnover performance against Utah State and, according to offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz, some catcalls from Bronco Nation.
“(Turnovers and sacks) were the two things that we wanted to focus on,” Drinkwitz said. “Ball security in the pocket was nice. He had a couple nice decisions to push up in the pocket and he had a couple good throwaways. It was tough on him. I was walking behind him in the Bronco Walk and people are yelling at him to take care of the football and ‘Don’t fumble.’ For him to come out and have to handle that walking through our crowd and then to go out and do it, I was proud of him, because that’s a tough thing for an 18-year-old to hear.”