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Boise State at UNLV notebook: Broncos debut new look

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Boise State safety Darian Thompson talks to the media after the UNLV game.
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Boise State safety Darian Thompson talks to the media after the UNLV game.

New uniform look

Boise State celebrated Halloween on Saturday at UNLV with a new uniform combo. The Broncos added orange facemasks and an orange Bronco-head logo to their black helmets. They also wore white jerseys and orange pants.

The Broncos found out about the new helmet design in the locker room before the game. All they were told during the week was to wear orange shoes.

“They’ve all been guessing,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “... I thought it looked great. We thought at first when we talked about it we were going to play at night, so we had the lights, but coming out in the day time it really popped.”

The helmets were a welcome sight for a team at the end of a nine-game run without a bye.

“It keeps guys fresh,” Harsin said. “It’s exciting. They walk in there, they’re still kids, they get fired up on stuff like that.”

Thompson breaks MW record

Senior safety Darian Thompson intercepted UNLV quarterback Blake Decker in the fourth quarter to take sole possession of the Mountain West career record. Thompson’s fifth interception of the season was the 19th of his career. He had been tied with former Utah star Eric Weddle at 18 for three weeks.

“I give all thanks to the Lord,” Thompson said. “I know without him none of this would be possible. I also give thanks to my teammates, because a lot of the time they put me in position to be able to make the play. Some of the guys knew right when it happened, that was the record. Other guys soon thereafter found out. It’s all nothing but love. They’re all happy for me. I’ve got a great team here.”

Said defensive coordinator Marcel Yates: “I hope he takes the record to another level. I’m rooting for him to go over 20.”

Maston doesn’t make trip

Senior nickel Mercy Maston, a key backup, was absent for undisclosed reasons.

Junior right tackle Mario Yakoo returned to the starting lineup after missing the Wyoming game with an injury. Junior middle linebacker Tanner Vallejo and redshirt freshman backup defensive end Jabril Frazier sat out again with injuries.

Junior cornerback Raymond Ford made his first start with senior Donte Deayon still out. Ford grabbed an interception in the fourth quarter.

Rypien continues QB catching tradition

True freshman QB Brett Rypien caught a 4-yard TD pass from receiver Thomas Sperbeck in the first quarter.

Every full-time starting quarterback since Jared Zabransky (2004-06) has made a catch during his career except for Taylor Tharp (2007). Quarterbacks with touchdown catches include Grant Hedrick (from Matt Miller and Sperbeck last year), Kellen Moore (from Austin Pettis in 2010) and Bart Hendricks (from Andre Banks in 2000).

Quick hits

There were three fumbles inside the 5-yard line on the south end of Sam Boyd Stadium in the first half. UNLV recovered two of them for touchdowns — one each on offense and defense. On the other fumble, the UNLV runner’s forward progress was deemed to have stopped before the ball came loose. Boise State had recovered that fumble; the Rebels recovered their own fumble for a TD on the next play. ... Sperbeck and cornerback Jonathan Moxey were the single-game captains. ... Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch carried the Hammer. ... Boise State kicker Tyler Rausa missed a 50-yard field goal late in the first half. That snapped his streak of 16 straight makes from 51 yards and in. ... The Broncos started in their three-linebacker alignment without a nickel. ... Backup QB Tommy Stuart scored the first TD of his career in the fourth quarter.

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