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Final: Fresno State 28, Boise State 17; rematch for MW title next Saturday

Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton (14) carried the Hammer as he returned home to Fresno.
Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton (14) carried the Hammer as he returned home to Fresno. Boise State Photo Services


The Fresno State football team dominated the second half Saturday afternoon in Fresno, Calif., to beat Boise State 28-17 in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Broncos and Bulldogs — owners of matching records of 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain West — will meet again at 5:45 p.m. next Saturday in the conference championship game. The site will be determined Sunday based on computer rankings, with Albertsons Stadium the likely spot.

Boise State lost its seven-game win streak, the chance to sweep a Mountain West conference schedule for the first time and certainly its Top 25 ranking — plus the Milk Can trophy for the Fresno State rivalry. The winner of next week’s game likely will be invited to play in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. a Pac-12 opponent.

Fresno State outgained Boise State 431-401, including 332 passing yards for the Bulldogs. Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion was 23-for-36 for 332 yards and two touchdowns, including a back-breaking 81-yard TD right after a Boise State score. Boise State’s Brett Rypien was 22-for-31 for 278 yards but didn’t throw a touchdown pass as coaches repeatedly took him out in the red zone and turned to the run game. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson made seven catches for 134 yards.


Fourth quarter

FS — Safety, Brett Rypien sacked in end zone, 1:17. Key plays: DT Malik Forrester sacked the Broncos’ QB on fourth down after the Broncos had thrown three straight incompletions from their own 10. Fresno State 28, Boise State 17

FS — KeeSean Johnson 81 pass from Marcus McMaryion (Jimmy Camacho kick), 8:45. Drive: 1 play, 81 yards, :14. Fresno State 26, Boise State 17

BSU — Alexander Mattison 1 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 9:05. Key plays: QB Brett Rypien scrambled to pick up 13 yards on a third-and-3 to get to the 1, setting up Mattison’s TD. Rypien had passes of 22 and 5 yards on consecutive plays to TE Alec Dhaenens to get into Fresno State territory, and freshman WR Octavius Evans had a key third-down catch early. Drive:11 plays, 75 yards, 5:13. Fresno State 19, Boise State 17

FS — Jimmy Camacho 41 field goal, 14:18. Key plays: QB Marcus McMaryion found WR Jamire Jordan for 32 yards on the second play, then converted a third-and-7 with a 9-yard scramble to get to the Boise State 31. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 2:37. Fresno State 19, Boise State 10

Third quarter

BSU — Haden Hoggarth 24 field goal, 1:55. Key plays: QB Brett Rypien connected with WR Cedrick Wilson for 27 yards on a third-and-2 on the drive’s third play, then hit Wilson again for 25 two plays later. QB Montell Cozart had an 8-yard run to get to the Bulldogs’ 6, but lost 3 yards on the next play, and RB Alexander Mattison got 3 to bring on the field-goal unit. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 3:48. Fresno State 16, Boise State 10

FS — Jordan Mims 1 run (kick failed), 5:52. Key plays: QB Marcus McMaryion had consecutive completions of 12, 11, 36 and 5 yards after an incompletion to start the drive, and Mims capped it off with a 2-yard run and the 1-yard plunge for the score. Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 2:38. Fresno State 16, Boise State 7

Second quarter

FS — Jimmy Camacho 22 field goal, 0:05. Key plays: The Bulldogs got first downs on a pair of third-down passes from QB Marcus McMaryion to TE Jared Rice. McMaryion also hit WR Jamire Jordan on an impressive deep ball for 39 yards to get into Boise State territory. The Bulldogs had a second-and-1 at the Broncos’ 5, but got no gain on a run, then threw an incomplete pass. Drive: 12 plays, 81 yards, 4:30. Fresno State 10, Boise State 7

First quarter

BSU — A.J. Richardson 4 pass from Montell Cozart (Haden Hoggarth kick),7:54. Key plays: On Boise State’s very first offensive play, QB Brett Rypien hit WR Cedrick Wilson for 45 yards on a flea-flicker. A Fresno State face-mask penalty took the Broncos to the 15. On the TD, Cozart, staring down pressure, lofted a beautiful pass to a wide-open Richardson. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:04. Fresno State 7, Boise State 7

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FS — KeeSean Johnson 5 pass from Marcus McMaryion (Jimmy Camacho kick), 10:58. Key plays: The Bulldogs marched down the field, converting a pair of third downs, including the touchdown. On a third-and-9 from the Fresno State 41, McMaryion hit WR Da’Mari Scott for 26 yards to get into BSU territory. McMaryion also had a 13-yard run to get to the Boise State 6. Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 4:02. Fresno State 7, Boise State 0

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The Boise State football team travels to Fresno State for its regular-season finale at 1:30 p.m. MT Saturday (CBS Sports Network).

The Broncos (9-2, 7-0), winners of seven straight, and Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1) also will face off Dec. 2 in the Mountain West championship game.

Boise State senior tight end Jake Roh will not play because of a lower leg injury he suffered late in Nov. 18’s win over Air Force. Roh leads the team with nine touchdown catches. He is second on the team with 39 receptions. The team traveled three healthy tight ends in senior Alec Dhaenens, sophomore Matt Pistone and redshirt freshman John Bates.

The CBS Sports Network broadcasters said Boise State hopes to have Roh back next week but he was shown on the sideline wearing a medical boot and sitting on a mobility scooter.

Boise State failed on a fourth-and-1 sneak in the second quarter to fall to 2-for-15 on fourth-down conversions. The Broncos already ranked last in the nation (130th) in fourth-down conversions.

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