Boise State senior safety Darian Thompson welcomed his daughter into the world Wednesday in Boise and tied a Mountain West record with his 18th career interception Saturday at Colorado State.
Thompson missed practice Wednesday so he could be with his girlfriend, Chelsey, as Novah Rosemarie was born.
“Pretty cool week,” Thompson said. “... (The birth) was absolutely nuts. I can’t even really explain it. It’s something I’ll never forget. I’m truly blessed for the family I have.”
Thompson also forced a fumble and finished with five tackles against the Rams.
“Just an uncommon person,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “There’s a reason he’s a captain, there’s a reason he’s on the side of our stadium. He’s just a guy who’s got a maturity about him at practice, even on the sideline during games, whether we’re up or not. It’s not about motivating him; it’s just about what’s next.”
Thompson’s interception in the third quarter tied former Utah defensive back Eric Weddle, who is a longtime member of the San Diego Chargers. Thompson, who is one ahead of teammate Donte Deayon, also tied the Boise State FBS-era school record of 18 set by cornerback Gabe Franklin (2001-04).
Thompson’s continued playmaking is bolstering his resume for the NFL Draft. He is one of the nation’s top safety prospects.
“Definitely there was a different feeling,” he said of Saturday’s game. “I’m a father now, and that’s something I keep in the back of my mind. I have to go out here and try to provide for my family.”
Sperbeck’s run continues
Thomas Sperbeck has been a big-play machine since true freshman Brett Rypien became the quarterback in the second half of the Idaho State game.
He added an 85-yard touchdown catch from Rypien on a deep crossing route to the 53-yarder from Williams-Rhodes.
Sperbeck now has 16 catches for 432 yards and five touchdowns since Rypien became the quarterback. His average per catch: 27 yards.
Rausa tries another long one
Boise State junior kicker Tyler Rausa missed a 55-yard field-goal attempt wide left in the second quarter. He also has missed from 54 yards this season.
He’s 11-for-11 on his other attempts with a long of 51. He hit from 27 and 35 yards in the first half against Colorado State.
QB change for Colorado State
After two drives without a first down to start the game, Colorado State switched to freshman quarterback Coleman Key, who played the rest of the first half.
Starter Nick Stevens was 0-for-1 before he was removed. Key finished 5-for-19 for 56 yards and a TD with two interceptions. He also rushed for 25 yards and proved elusive as a scrambler.
The Broncos wore blue pants, white jerseys and blue helmets. ... The single-game captains were linebacker Ben Weaver and tight end Holden Huff. ... Nickel Chanceller James carried the Hammer. ... Boise State won the coin toss and deferred. ... It was 84 degrees at kickoff. ... Deayon returned a punt 67 yards in the first quarter. The play was completely wiped out by a holding call on defensive end Jabril Frazier. ... Attendance: 26,117.