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Final: Boise State 31, Nevada 27; Broncos escape Reno with a win

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The Boise State football team overcame four turnovers and nine penalties for 108 yards to beat Nevada 31-27 on Saturday night in a Mountain West matchup at Mackay Stadium.

The Broncos committed three of their four turnovers and all nine penalties in the first half, but still managed to go into the break tied 17-17.

Boise State (4-2) finished with 506 total yards to Nevada’s 386. Senior quarterback Brett Rypien went 28-for-38 passing for 299 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Rypien was an impressive 9-for-9 in the third quarter for 133 yards, throwing TD passes to CT Thomas and A.J. Richardson. Richardson’s 41-yard catch put Boise State ahead for good, 31-24.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.

Find our scoring summary and news & notes below:

SCORING SUMMARY

THIRD QUARTER

NEV — Ramiz Ahmed 28 field goal, 1:21. Key plays: On a third-and-6, QB Ty Gangi hit WR Romeo Doubs for 17 yards to get into Boise State territory, then three plays later on third-and-8, RB Kelton Moore took a swing pass 16 yards to the 28. Gangi found WR Brendan O’Leary-Orange for 14 yards to get to the BSU 14. Drive: 12 plays, 56 yards, 4:11. Boise State 31, Nevada 27

BSU — A.J. Richardson 41 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 5:37. Key plays: Rypien hit RB Alexander Mattison for 9 yards the drive’s first play, then found wide-open TE Garrett Collingham for 19. On the next play, Richardson hauled in a one-handed grab in the end zone on a picture-perfect deep ball from Rypien. Drive: 3 plays, 69 yards, 1:06. Boise State 31, Nevada 24

NEV — McLane Mannix 50 pass from Ty Gangi (Ramiz Ahmed kick), 6:51. Key plays: Nevada converted a third-and-4 early in the drive, and Devonte Lee had a 2-yard run on fourth-and-2 to get to midfield. Two plays later, Gangi hit Mannix on a slant, and the speedy slot receiver split the defense and raced to the end zone for the score. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 3:14. Boise State 24, Nevada 24

BSU — CT Thomas 36 pass from Brett Rypien (Haden Hoggarth kick), 10:12. Key plays: WR Khalil Shakir used a nice second effort to get a tough 2 yards on a third-and-2 at the start of the drive. RB Alexander Mattison followed it up with a 10-yard run. Rypien stepped up in the pocket on fourth-and-5 and threw a dart to Thomas near the end zone between two defenders for the touchdown. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:48. Boise State 24, Nevada 17

SECOND QUARTER

BSU — Haden Hoggarth 31 field goal, :00. Key plays: The Broncos moved downfield quickly, with two Brett Rypien completions for 31 yards the first two plays, then he had a 15-yard run to get into field-goal position. Rypien hit A.J. Richardson for 9 yards to get to the Nevada 14. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, 0:37. Nevada 17, Boise State 17

NEV — Elijah Cooks 11 pass from Ty Gangi (Ramiz Ahmed kick), 0:42. Key plays: The Wolf Pack got the ball in Boise State territory after a John Hightower fumble was returned from midfield. On the drive’s third play, Boise State LB Blake Whitlock was whistled for a shaky roughing the passer penalty, keeping the drive alive, and Boise State was called for pass interference the next play. Cooks scored on third-and-goal on a jump ball over CB Avery Williams. Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 0:49. Nevada 17, Boise State 14

BSU — Tyler Horton 99 interception return (Haden Hoggarth kick), 13:49. Key plays: Nevada had possession at the Boise State 29 on a Dameon Baber interception of Brett Rypien. On the next play, QB Ty Gangi looked to the end zone, but Horton played it perfectly, turning around after the interception and finding solid blocking and a lane to the end zone for his third TD of the year. Boise State 14, Nevada 10

FIRST QUARTER

NEV — Jaxson Kincaide 21 run (Ramiz Ahmed kick), 2:17. Key plays: Nevada got the ball in Boise State territory on Dameon Baber’s interception off a Brett Rypien pass tipped by LB Gabriel Sewell. Baber dove in and, though the ball hit the ground, officials ruled he had control before it did. On the drive’s first play, QB Ty Gangi hit WR Romeo Doubs for 23 yards before Kincaide broke through the middle of the defense and fought a tackle into the end zone. Drive: 2 plays, 44 yards, 0:31. Nevada 10, Boise State 7

BSU — John Hightower 88 run (Haden Hoggarth kick), 6:25. Key plays: Boise State had its back to the wall, but STUD end Jabril Frazier stripped RB Kelton Moore at the Boise State 5-yard line. Nose tackle Sonatane Lui recovered and had a short return. On the next play, the speedy Hightower took a handoff on the end-around and went untouched down the sideline for the score. The run was tied for the longest in school history. Drive: 1 play, 88 yards, 0:12. Boise State 7, Nevada 3

NEV — Ramiz Ahmed 35 field goal, 11:44. Key plays: On the drive’s first play, Nevada got an 11-yard run, and two plays later QB Ty Gangi hit McLane Mannix for a 47-yard pickup on an excellent deep ball. The Broncos’ defense held tough, with help from a false start, and got a Jabril Frazier sack to force the field goal. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 3:16. Nevada 3, Boise State 0

NEWS & NOTES

Boise State backup QB out

Boise State redshirt freshman quarterback Chase Cord didn’t make the trip to Reno for the Boise State-Nevada game Saturday.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said after the game that Cord has a torn ACL, which he sustained in practice.

Cord has operated a package of run plays this season. He also took over as the primary quarterback for a couple series last week against San Diego State. Cord is the Broncos’ No. 2 rusher with eight carries for 109 yards. He’s 6-of-9 for 67 yards and one touchdown with one interception passing.

Hightower ties school record

Boise State wide receiver John Hightower broke an 88-yard touchdown run on an end-around in the first quarter. That score tied the school record for longest rushing play. The previous 88-yarder was by running back Jeremy McNichols on Nov. 27, 2015, against San Jose State.

Hightower had a 55-yard run and 67-yard reception earlier this season.

Hoggarth returns

Boise State senior kicker Haden Hoggarth returned to the lineup after Joel Velazquez handled scoring kicks against San Diego State. Hoggarth made a 31-yard field goal to end the first half. The make was his third in a row after a 2-for-5 start to the season.

Quick hits

Boise State wore all white. ... Boise State’s single-game captain was linebacker Benton Wickersham of Elko, Nev. ... Linebacker Joe Provenzano carried the Hammer. ... Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton scored his third touchdown of the season on a 99-yard interception return. He’s only played in four games.

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