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Final: Boise State 62, UConn 7; Broncos’ offense sets program record

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The traditional Bronco Walk took a turn through the new family tailgating area at DeChevrieux Field.
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The Boise State football team set a program record with 818 yards of offense in a 62-7 victory over UConn on Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium.

The previous record was 742 set against Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011.

In the first quarter, Boise State outgained UConn 247-38. Quarterback Brett Rypien was 9-for-14 for 170 yards and two touchdowns. UConn was 0-for-4 on third down.

The Broncos pulled ahead 31-0 in the second quarter on wide receiver John Hightower’s second TD. The junior college transfer covered 122 yards on his two scoring plays.

Boise State outgained UConn 514-78 in the first half.

The Broncos topped the 50-point mark in the third quarter. It was the first time they scored that many points at home since a 55-0 win against Hawaii on Oct. 3, 2015. They eventually topped 60 for the first time since 2013.



BSU — Akilian Butler 24 pass from Chase Cord (Haden Hoggarth kick), 10:12. Key plays: The Broncos rushed for the other 52 yards on the drive, including 35 from converted safety Skyler Seibold. Butler made an outstanding effort to move the pile on the score, which came on a shovel pass from Cord on a sweep. Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 5:12. Boise State 62, UConn 7


BSU — Andrew Van Buren 3 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 3:11. Key plays: Van Buren, a true freshman, had four rushes for 42 yards on the drive, capping it with his first career TD. QB Chase Cord added a 24-yard run, then was hit out of bounds and UConn was given a personal foul penalty. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:41. Boise State 55, UConn 7

UCONN — Aaron McLean 15 pass from David Pindell (Michael Tarbutt kick), 5:52. Key plays: Pindell hit TE Tyler Davis for a 7-yard gain on a third-and-5 to keep the drive going, then RB Kevin Mensah had a 55-yard run the next play to get UConn past midfield for the first time. Drive: 7 plays, 93 yards, 3:26. Boise State 48, UConn 7

BSU — A.J. Richardson 74 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 14:40. Key plays: The Broncos started the second half just as they had done in the first half, as Rypien found Richardson on a screen, got a solid block and raced for the touchdown past the chasing UConn defense. Drive: 1 play, 74 yards, 0:20. Boise State 48, UConn 0


BSU — Haden Hoggarth 44 field goal, 0:02. Key plays: QB Brett Rypien was 6-of-8 on the final drive of the half, hitting six different targets. The last was a third-down completion to freshman WR Khalil Shakir for 10 yards to set up Hoggarth’s career long. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 1:11. Boise State 41, UConn 0

BSU — Alexander Mattison 9 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 2:04. Key plays: The Broncos made it five straight touchdown drives as they methodically worked the ball downfield, facing just one third down. QB Brett Rypien was 4-for-4 for 46 yards. WR John Hightower had 46 receiving yards on the drive. Drive: 11 plays, 91 yards, 6:22. Boise State 38, UConn 0

BSU — John Hightower 55 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 11:58. Key plays: Starting deep in their own territory, the Broncos got a 33-yard run from RB Alexander Mattison on the first play. They got an 18-yard pass from QB Brett Rypien to WR A.J. Richardson on first-and-23 after a personal foul. Hightower took an end-around the next play, and running across the field, evaded the entire UConn defense. Drive: 3 plays, 92 yards, 1:21. Boise State 31, UConn 0


BSU — Alexander Mattison 1 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 0:45. Key plays: QB Brett Rypien started the drive 3-for-3 passing for 24 yards, then WR Khalil Shakir had two consecutive runs of 28 and 11 yards to get to the 1. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 1:57. Boise State 24, UConn 0

BSU — John Bates 24 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 4:25. Key plays: The Broncos got prime field position when CB Avery Williams intercepted David Pindell’s pass, tipped off TE Tyler Davis’ hands. On third-and-13, Rypien threw from the far hash to the sideline for a 22-yard completion to WR Sean Modster. He hit Bates for the TD on the next play. Drive: 4 plays, 43 yards, 1:21. Boise State 17, UConn 0

BSU — John Hightower 67 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 7:13. Key plays: After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Broncos hit paydirt on the second play when Rypien hit the junior college transfer on a deep post for his first Boise State TD. Drive: 2 plays, 71 yards, 0:44. Boise State 10, UConn 0

BSU — Haden Hoggarth 28 field goal, 9:42. Key plays: Boise State RB Alexander Mattison broke off a 35-yard run on the first play of the drive. On a third-and-10 at the UConn 31, Boise State QB Brett Rypien hit WR CT Thomas with a sharp pass over the middle for 19 yards. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 3:26. Boise State 3, UConn 0

No. 20 Boise St. 62, UConn 7

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First Quarter

BOISE—FG Hoggarth 28, 9:42

BOISE—Hightower 67 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 7:23

BOISE—Bates 24 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 4:25

BOISE—Mattison 1 run (Hoggarth kick), :45

Second Quarter

BOISE—Hightower 55 run (Hoggarth kick), 11:58

BOISE—Mattison 9 run (Hoggarth kick), 2:04

BOISE—FG Hoggarth 44, :02

Third Quarter

BOISE—Richardson 74 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 14:40

UCONN—McLean 15 pass from Pindell (Tarbutt kick), 5:52

BOISE—Van Buren 3 run (Hoggarth kick), 3:11

Fourth Quarter

BOISE—Butler 24 pass from Cord (Hoggarth kick), 10:12

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RUSHING—UConn, Mensah 10-82, Pindell 14-40, Scott 1-0. Boise St., Mattison 11-115, Van Buren 13-75, Hightower 1-55, Cord 2-41, Shakir 2-39, Seibold 7-35, Henderson 4-30, Mahone 2-10, Rypien 1-4, (Team) 2-(minus 4).

PASSING—UConn, Pindell 11-21-1-71. Boise St., Rypien 21-28-0-362, Cord 4-5-0-56.

RECEIVING—UConn, Mayala 3-24, Davis 3-13, McLean 2-23, Mensah 1-7, Scott 1-4, Beals 1-0. Boise St., Modster 6-74, Hightower 5-119, Richardson 3-100, Butler 2-32, CT.Thomas 2-28, Mahone 2-20, Shakir 2-15, Bates 1-24, Mattison 1-3, Seibold 1-3.


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Hightower gets first TD

Boise State junior wide receiver John Hightower scored his first career touchdown on a 67-yard strike from quarterback Brett Rypien in the first quarter. Hightower, who ran hurdles in junior college, has terrific speed. He had two catches for 15 yards in the opener but also was targeted deep. Rypien said after the game that he underestimated the newcomer’s speed.

Turnover Throne gets early visit

Boise State sophomore cornerback Avery Williams grabbed a first-quarter interception on a deflected pass and proceeded immediately to the Broncos’ Turnover Throne. Williams left the season opener with an elbow injury but started against UConn.

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Sophomore linebacker Desmond Williams carried the Hammer. … Sophomore middle linebacker Benton Wickersham, a walk-on from Elko, Nev., earned his first career start. Sophomore cornerback Avery Williams, who hurt his elbow late in the win at Troy, also started. Junior Tyson Maeva didn’t start at linebacker. He had started 14 of the past 15 games.


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