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With heavy heart, Boise State’s Rypien rises up against New Mexico

BSU quarterback Brett Rypien talks playing for family Friday

Boise State defeated New Mexico 49-21 Friday Oct. 7, 2106, going 5-0, 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
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Boise State defeated New Mexico 49-21 Friday Oct. 7, 2106, going 5-0, 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference.

Though she couldn’t see it, Terry Rypien would no doubt be proud of what her grandson did Friday.

Boise State sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien posted one of the best games of his career against New Mexico at University Stadium, doing it all with just two pass attempts after halftime. Rypien was 21-of-28 for 391 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

After each touchdown strike, he pointed to the sky.

Terry Rypien, Brett’s paternal grandmother, passed away Sunday. Rypien was set to fly home to Spokane for her funeral Saturday morning, a few hours after landing in Boise following the Broncos’ 49-21 win.

His maternal grandmother, Margaret Tormey, passed away the day before the Broncos’ season opener at Louisiana.

“It’s been a rough month for me ... losing both my grandmas, but I know they were both with me on the field tonight and I just played hard for them,” Rypien said.

Rypien said Terry, who lived about two blocks from his childhood home, would come over each morning when Rypien’s parents, Tim and Julie, were working.

Rypien’s sister, Brigid, tweeted before Friday’s game, “We are cheering a little louder today,” with a photo of the family, Terry included, at a game at Albertsons Stadium.

The Rypiens had plenty to cheer about Friday.

In the first half alone, Brett completed 19-of-26 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. He had the deep ball working, connecting on touchdown passes of 53 yards to junior wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, and 54 and 35 to senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck. Rypien had 23 completions of 15 yards or more in the first four games; he had nine in Friday’s first half.

“I just think Brett’s a warrior, he’s going to fight through pretty much anything. He helped the team a lot tonight,” Wilson said.

Rypien completed one of his first four attempts for 3 yards, then completed nine of his next 10. He threw three touchdown passes to Wilson (7, 53, 8) and the two to Sperbeck. During last year’s 31-24 loss to New Mexico in Boise, Rypien completed 41-of-75 passes for 506 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

“It was very tough on Brett, but the one thing is, he was able to take it day to day. He has great support from his teammates, great support from (quarterbacks) coach (Zak) Hill. He was very focused,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “These guys are part of our family.”

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

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