Deayon catches Thompson in picks race
Senior cornerback Donte Deayon grabbed his 14th and 15th career interceptions in the first half Saturday.
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum tried to throw a go route to 6-foot-6 receiver Nick Kurtz in the first quarter. But Deayon, who is 5-9, got a perfect read on the underthrown ball and high-pointed it for his first interception of the season.
Deayon added his second interception on a wild throw in the second quarter.
Deayon is tied with senior safety Darian Thompson with 15 career interceptions. They’re three behind Gabe Franklin’s school record for the FBS era (since 1996) and Eric Weddle’s Mountain West record.
A low blow
BYU sophomore offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho punched Boise State junior nickel Chanceller James below the belt when they were wrestling for a loose football in the first half.
Lapuaho was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“How is # 73 for BYU not ejected?” Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira tweeted. “Among other things, he punched an opponent in the Cajones!!!!!”
Boise State receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, who has a chance to break the school record for career receptions, produced a breakout performance after three quiet games.
Williams-Rhodes made seven catches for 70 yards in the first half, including a leaping grab on a ball thrown behind him that helped the Broncos to a field goal late in the first half. The catch came on third down.
Williams-Rhodes had two catches for 16 yards in the previous three games.
Williams-Rhodes came into Saturday’s game with 172 career catches. The school record is 244, set by Matt Miller last year.
Big game for Wale
Boise State punter Sean Wale was the first-half MVP. He averaged 40.6 yards on five punts, including three that were downed inside the 10-yard line.
Three Broncos out
WR D.J. Dean and DE Gabe Perez, both backups, missed their second straight games. They have been injured. Senior DT Antoine Turner didn’t make the trip to Provo. He didn’t play in the opener, either. Turner is dealing with an eligibility issue, Boise State officials said. Wide receiver Rick Smith, who didn’t play in the opener, also wasn’t on the trip.
ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard picked BYU on “College GameDay.” ... ESPN pushed the kickoff back to 8:26 p.m. Still, the broadcast had to start on ESPNU because the previous ESPN2 game ran long. ... Boise State’s single-game captains were former LDS missionary Darren Lee, a junior linebacker, and senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia. ... The Broncos wore all black to counter BYU’s whiteout look. ... BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum put a “4” on his arm, presumably a tribute to injured teammate Taysom Hill. Mangum replaced Hill in the starting lineup. ... Boise State had an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 fans at the game. ... Linebacker Joe Martarano carried the Hammer. ... When Deayon was briefly injured, true freshman cornerback Tyler Horton replaced him for one play. ... Senior defensive tackle Tutulupeatau Mataele finally made his Boise State debut. He was ineligible the past two seasons and injured for the opener.