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Boise State’s Rypien eager to face his uncle’s alma mater Saturday

Boise State sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien has had his eye on Saturday’s game for quite some time. His uncle, Mark, was a former great at Washington State, and the Cougars were the first to offer the younger Rypien in high school.

“It feels a little bit weird,” Rypien said Monday.

Rypien wasn’t sure how long he’s known about the looming matchup at Albertsons Stadium (8:15 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2), but suffice it to say, “I’ve had it marked on my calendar for awhile.”

His uncle, a diehard Washington State fan still, is hoping his nephew has a big game, but he’s not pulling for the home team.

“My heart and soul is in both directions, but I’m a Cougar through and through,” Mark Rypien said. “I hope Brett throws for 490 yards and seven touchdowns, but loses to my Cougars, 63-49.”

Read more about the Rypiens and Boise State’s connections to Washington State in Saturday’s Idaho Statesman.

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Senior middle linebacker Darren Lee played extensive snaps Saturday at Louisiana after starter Joe Martarano left with an injury in the first quarter. He feels prepared to do so again if Martarano is unable to play again, and brings the right mentality. Senior linebacker Tanner Vallejo said there will be times in games where Lee breaks his own facemask colliding with opponents so hard. Check out an interview with Lee in the video above.

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