WR Rick Smith dismissed
Wide receiver Rick Smith has been dismissed from the Boise State football team, the school announced Saturday, ending one of the strangest careers in program history.
Smith, a former starter at Arizona State, transferred to Boise State in 2014 and was the Offensive Scout Player of the Year. He was injured in a locker room fight in February 2015 and left the program for the rest of the semester.
Smith returned to the team this summer but never played in a game. Coach Bryan Harsin’s most recent comment about Smith was that he still wasn’t ready to play. Harsin and other coaches indicated during the summer that Smith would be a contributor this season.
Boise State senior tailback Jack Fields wasn’t charged in the locker room incident. Smith and his family were “the deciding factor” in that decision, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Roger Bourne said at the time. Smith’s head hit the floor during the fight and he was knocked unconscious, according to Boise Police records.
Cool play succeeds
Boise State scored a touchdown Saturday against Hawaii on one of its old tricks, a fake fumbled snap. Quarterback Brett Rypien took the snap, reached the ball toward the ground like he was trying to pick it up and bought time while tight end Holden Huff released unnoticed. Rypien tossed a pass to Huff for an easy, 24-yard touchdown.
Deayon and Thompson strike again
Boise State senior cornerback Donte Deayon grabbed his 17th career interception, and his fourth already this season, in the first quarter.
Senior safety Darian Thompson matched him with his 17th in the second quarter.
They are one behind the Mountain West record of 18 set by Eric Weddle at Utah. They also are one off the FBS-era Boise State career record of 18 set by cornerback Gabe Franklin (2001-04).
Deayon’s career high is six interceptions in a season, accomplished in 2013 and 2014.
Quite a half
Boise State led Hawaii 49-0 at halftime Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. It was the Broncos’ first 49-point halftime lead since the 2007 season opener against Weber State (also 49-0).
What a start
• Boise State true freshman quarterback Brett Rypien’s first pass as a starter at Albertsons Stadium was a 54-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Chaz Anderson.
• True freshman wide receiver Akilian Butler’s first college touch was a touchdown. He dove to the pylon on an end-around for a 10-yard score.
Boise State wore gray pants and jerseys, blue helmets and pink accents in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Tami Wilkinson, the wife of director of football operations Brad Wilkinson, was honored at halftime and welcomed to the field by the team. Tami received her final radiation treatment for breast cancer during the week. ... The single-game captains were kicker Tyler Rausa and defensive end Kamalei Correa, who is from Honolulu. ... ESPN pushed kickoff back to 8:26 p.m. ... Former Boise State safety and kidney transplant recipient Jeremy Ioane, who is from Hawaii, was an honorary captain for the Broncos. His sister Jasmine, who donated the kidney, also was an honorary captain. ... DT Justin Taimatuia carried the Hammer a week after his pick six. ... Hawaii won the coin toss and took the ball.