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Final: Boise State 41, Utah State 14; Broncos roll as Rypien gets hot

Brett Rypien became Boise State’s starting quarterback as a true freshman in 2015. His career ended a few quarters early when the First Responder Bowl was canceled in the first quarter.
Brett Rypien became Boise State’s starting quarterback as a true freshman in 2015. His career ended a few quarters early when the First Responder Bowl was canceled in the first quarter. AP

The Boise State football team rolled to a 41-14 victory over Utah State on Saturday night in Logan, Utah.

The Broncos improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West with their fourth straight win. Utah State dropped to 4-5, 2-3.

Boise State established a new season high with 533 total yards of offense. The offense scored all 41 points — the first time the group has scored 30 or more in regulation this season.

Injury update: The Broncos lost senior defensive tackle David Moa and tailback Alexander Mattison, two important starters, to leg injuries in the first half. Mattison returned in the third quarter and seemed fine and Moa was expected to, CBS Sports Network reported, but was limping on the sideline.


First quarter

BSU — Cedrick Wilson 19 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 13:00. Key plays: The Broncos moved the ball downfield in a hurry, starting with a 32-yard pass from Rypien to A.J. Richardson on the first play of the game. Montell Cozart had a short pass to Wilson turn into a 21-yard gain two plays before the touchdown strike. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:00. Boise State 7, Utah State 0

BSU — Octavius Evans 12 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 7:12. Key plays: Boise State had another impressive drive, riding the arm of Rypien, who was 5-of-5 for 62 yards. He had a 17-yard pass to Wilson to get into Utah State territory, then found Richardson for 20 to get into the red zone. On the TD pass, Evans was the lone receiver and got open on a play-action fake to running back Ryan Wolpin. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 3:55. Boise State 14, Utah State 0

USU — Ron’quavion Tarver 2 pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick), 0:58. Key plays: The Aggies got good field position after Boise State’s offense was pinned deep. Then the Broncos helped out with a 15-yard facemask penalty and two pass interference penalties in the end zone. The Aggies got deep into BSU territory on a 7-yard run by Love on a zone read on a third down to get to the 12. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 3:57. Boise State 14, Utah State 7

Second quarter

BSU — Alexander Mattison 3 pass from Cozart (Hoggarth kick), 12:32. Key plays: The Aggies helped the Broncos this time, as they were called for pass interference on a third-and-4 from the USU 32, giving the Broncos new life. Boise State used Cozart and Rypien well, with Rypien completing a 13-yard pass to Evans to get to the USU 4, and Cozart finishing the drive, rolling out to find Mattison wide open coming from the backfield. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:26. Boise State 21, Utah State 7

BSU — Jake Roh 22 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 0:42. Key plays: Rypien hit freshman CT Thomas on the second play of the drive for 24 yards, then Wilson for 11 on the following play. The Broncos then had 20 rushing yards on four carries to get to the 22 before Rypien found Roh on a leaping grab in the front of the end zone. Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards, 3:07. Boise State 28, Utah State 7

Third quarter

BSU — Roh 35 pass from Cozart (Hoggarth kick), 9:12. Key plays: On a third-and-16 from the Broncos’ own 34, Rypien found Roh for 18 yards to keep the drive moving. Cozart hit Wilson for 13 yards, then after a failed trick pass, Cozart delivered a beauty of a pass over the middle to Roh for his eighth TD of the year. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 4:36. Boise State 35, Utah State 7

USU — LaJuan Hunt 1 run (Eberle kick), 6:29. Key plays: Love had an 11-yard run on a third-and-1 on the drive’s third play, then hit Jordan Nathan on a 34-yard pass the next play. On fourth-and-8 from the BSU 19, Love connected with Tarver for 18 yards. Hunt scored on the next play. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:43. Boise State 35, Utah State 14

Fourth quarter

BSU — Hoggarth 27 field goal, 14:48. Key plays: Rypien was sacked on second-and-3 two plays after the defense stopped the Aggies on fourth down, but safety Dallin Leavitt was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Two plays later, Mattison broke off a 48-yard run to get deep into Aggie territory. Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 2:53. Boise State 38, Utah State 14

BSU — Hoggarth 29 field goal, 3:30. Key plays: Cozart hit Sean Modster for 38 yards on a third-and-4 to get from the Broncos’ 27 to the Utah State 35. Cozart had an 11-yard run from the 30 on a third-and-5 to get into the red zone. Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 6:18. Boise State 41, Utah State 14

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Broncos start fast on offense

Junior quarterback Brett Rypien matched his season total in the first 8 minutes of the first quarter, throwing touchdown passes to Cedrick Wilson and Octavius Evans for a 14-0 Boise State lead. Rypien had just two TD passes entering Saturday’s game, but after the first two drives against the Aggies, Rypien was 8 for 8 passing for 115 yards.

Broncos pick up prolific receiver recruit

Boise State’s recruiting roll continued Saturday with the Broncos’ third commitment in four days.

Stefan Cobbs, a 6-foot, 170-pound wide receiver from Fossil Ridge High (Keller, Texas) announced Saturday he has committed to the Broncos’ 2018 class. He also had offers from Utah State, Bowling Green, Tulane and New Mexico State.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Cobbs has 47 receptions for 994 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 8-0 Panthers.

Quick hits

Sophomore STUD end Sam Whitney did not play. He traveled but did not suit up. Whitney has started five games, making 21 tackles with a forced fumble. … Junior defensive end Durrant Miles, a Utah native, was the Broncos’ honorary captain, joining the three season-long ones. … Boise State typically buses to Logan, but with a shorter travel schedule than usual, the Broncos were able to fly this trip. … Freshman linebacker Riley Whimpey carried the Hammer.