Boise State Football

How Boise State scored its points against Washington State

Boise State nose tackle David Moa (55) deflects a pass by Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) in the first quarter of the home opener at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Boise.
Boise State nose tackle David Moa (55) deflects a pass by Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) in the first quarter of the home opener at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Boise. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Washington St.

0

7

7

14—28

Boise St.

14

3

7

7—31

FIRST QUARTER

BSU—Tyler Horton 85 interception return (Tyler Rausa kick), 10:11. Key plays: Washington State had mounted a 12-play, 57-yard drive in which quarterback Luke Falk was 6-of-8 passing before sophomore cornerback Tyler Horton stepped in front of a pass intended for receiver Robert Lewis for his first career interception, then took it all the way for the score. Drive: none. Boise State 7, Washington State 0

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 1 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 2:15. Key plays: Quarterback Brett Rypien hit receiver Thomas Sperbeck for a 12-yard reception on third-and-8 on the drive’s third play; Rypien was 4-for-4 for 56 yards on the drive. Drive: 13 plays, 88 yards, 5:22 elapsed. Boise State 14, Washington State 0

SECOND QUARTER

WSU—Jamal Morrow 11 pass from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick), 0:42. Key plays: The Cougars got the ball deep in Boise State territory thanks to a Shalom Luani interception and 28-yard return. Drive: 6 plays, 26 yards, 2:30 elapsed. Boise State 14, Washington State 7

BSU—Tyler Rausa 31 field goal, 0:01. Key plays: Boise State got into field goal range with a 19-yard pass from Brett Rypien to Thomas Sperbeck, and a 40-yard deep strike to Cedrick Wilson, grabbing it over cornerback Marcellus Pippins. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 0:41 elapsed. Boise State 17, Washington State 7

THIRD QUARTER

BSU—Thomas Sperbeck 47 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 8:20. Key plays: After their previous five drives resulted in a total of three points, the Broncos stormed back with 36 total yards from running back Jeremy McNichols before Rypien found a wide-open Sperbeck down the seam. Drive: 4 plays, 88 yards, 1:34 elapsed. Boise State 24, Washington State 7

WSU—Tavares Martin Jr. 50 pass from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick), 0:55. Key plays: Washington State forced a three-and-out after a failed fourth down attempt on the Cougars’ previous drive, getting the ball to start their next drive near midfield. Drive: 2 plays, 53 yards, 0:45 elapsed. Boise State 24, Washington State 14

FOURTH QUARTER

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 7 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 14:54. Key plays: Quarterback Brett Rypien completed passes of 18, 14 and 36 yards to McNichols, Thomas Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson, respectively, to get inside the red zone. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:01 elapsed. Boise State 31, Washington State 14

WSU—Jamal Morrow 14 pass from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick), 11:34. Key plays: A 15-yard pass interference penalty on Boise State’s Chanceller James moved the ball from the Broncos’ 44 to the 29; Falk found Morrow for the score on a fourth-and-6 pass, scrambling out of the pocket to keep the play alive. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:20 elapsed. Boise State 31, Washington State 21

WSU—Gabe Marks 33 pass from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick), 4:17. Key plays: Shalom Luani intercepted Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien near midfield, returning it to the 33, the next play, Falk lofted it over cornerback Jonathan Moxey to his favorite target in the back of the end zone. Drive: 1 plays, 33 yards, 0:07 elapsed. Boise State 31, Washington State 28

TEAM STATISTICS

WSU

BSU

First downs

26

21

Rushes-yards

20-40

26-121

Passing

480

299

Total offense

520

420

Comp-Att-Int

55-71-1

19-35-3

Return yards

81

83

Punts-average

4-36.5

5-35.2

Fumbles-lost

1-0

0-0

Penalties-yards

10-79

3-35

Possession time

37:58

22:02

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Washington St., Morrow 8-22, J.Williams 4-10, Wicks 2-9, null 1-1, Falk 5-(minus 2). Boise St., McNichols 22-116, Mattison 1-3, Rypien 2-3, Demas 1-(minus 1).

PASSING—Washington St., Falk 55-71-1-480. Boise St., Rypien 19-35-3-299.

RECEIVING—Washington St., Martin 12-158, Marks 10-75, Morrow 8-53, Johnson-Mack 7-30, Wicks 6-35, Cracraft 5-31, null 3-31, Sweet 2-32, J.Williams 1-28, Jo.Thompson 1-7. Boise St., Sperbeck 7-133, Anderson 4-49, C.Wilson 3-85, McNichols 3-25, Dhaenens 2-7.

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