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No. 19 Boise State defeats New Mexico 49-21

Boise State sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien threw five touchdown passes as the Broncos (5-0, 2-0) never trailed, taking a 49-7 lead into the final minutes of the game before two late New Mexico (2-3, 1-1) touchdowns.

The Broncos lost 31-24 in Boise last year against the Lobos.

Check out a photo gallery from Friday’s game here.



Fourth quarter

UNM—Anu Somoye 12 pass from Lamar Jordan (Jason Sanders kick), 0:20. Key plays: The Lobos put Jordan back into the game with the ball at the Boise State 23-yard line, and he completed two passes, the second the touchdown to Somoye. Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 5:23 elapsed. Boise State 49, New Mexico 21.

UNM—JaJuan Lawson 6 run (Jason Sanders kick), 7:55. Key plays: The Lobos twice converted fourth-and-1s in Boise State territory, rushing 12 times to finish the drive after an incomplete pass to start the fourth quarter. Drive: 14 plays, 82 yards, 7:06 elapsed. Boise State 49, New Mexico 14.

Third quarter

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 3 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 7:08. Key plays: Rypien hit Cedrick Wilson for an 12-yard completion to get from the Lobos’ 27 to the 15, then found sophomore receiver Sean Modster for 11 yards on his first reception of the season to get inside the 5. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 4:02 elapsed. Boise State 49, New Mexico 7.

Second quarter

BSU—Thomas Sperbeck 35 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 1:10. Key plays: Sperbeck had 10- and 18-yard receptions earlier in the drive, then broke a tackle to turn a solid gain into a touchdown. Drive: 6 plays, 76 yards, 1:45 elapsed. Boise State 42, New Mexico 7.

BSU—Cedrick Wilson 8 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 6:17. Key plays: Rypien hit receiver Thomas Sperbeck on a short pass, who then turned it into a 32-yard gain on the drive’s second play. Rypien went over 300 yards passing on the touchdown. Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 3:25 elapsed. Boise State 35, New Mexico 7.

BSU—Thomas Sperbeck 54 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 10:44. Key plays: On third-and-5 from the Broncos’ own 11, Rypien hit receiver Cedrick Wilson for 35 yards, then on the next play placed a deep ball behind the UNM defense to a wide-open Sperbeck. Drive: 4 plays, 94 yards, 1:09 elapsed. Boise State 28, New Mexico 7.

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 9 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 14:01. Key plays: Boise State got the ball in prime position after New Mexico’s Corey Bojorquez shanked an 18-yard punt. After an 11-yard pass from Brett Rypien to Thomas Sperbeck, a tripping penalty by the Lobos’ Lee Crosby gave the Broncos the ball at the 9. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 2:35 elapsed. Boise State 21, New Mexico 7.

First quarter

BSU—Cedrick Wilson 53 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 3:37. Key plays: Rypien had an 8-yard completion to Chaz Anderson to start the drive and capped it with a perfectly-placed strike down the left sideline to the outstretched arms of Wilson. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:24 elapsed. Boise State 14, New Mexico 7.

UNM—Tyrone Owens 62 run (Jason Sanders kick), 5:01. Key plays: After a false start penalty on the first play of the drive, QB Lamar Jordan ran for 7, 6 and 5 yards, then Owens went untouched up the middle for the long score. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:08 elapsed. Boise State 7, New Mexico 7.

BSU—Cedrick Wilson 7 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 6:49. Key plays: Two New Mexico personal foul penalties, both facemasks, kept the drive moving when the Broncos were in their own territory. Rypien found receiver Thomas Sperbeck for a 19-yard gain on third-and-14 to the UNM 6 two plays before the TD. Drive: 12 plays, 81 yards, 5:11 elapsed. Boise State 7, New Mexico 0.


Against one of the best rushing teams in the nation, the Boise State Broncos were without two key linebackers Friday at New Mexico.

Junior Joe Martarano and sophomore Leighton Vander Esch did not make the trip. Martarano missed the second half of the season opener Sept. 3 at Louisiana, then did not play the next two games with a knee injury, but played in a backup role Saturday against Utah State. Vander Esch has played in all four games and has 12 tackles. Senior Tanner Vallejo, who missed the second half of Sept. 24’s win at Oregon State and Saturday’s game, is suited up.

New Mexico is No. 2 in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 347 rushing yards per game. Running back Teriyon Gipson, who leads the nation with 12.9 yards per carry was only available as an emergency option as he’s dealt with a hamstring injury.


Follow along all night for updates from Boise State’s Mountain West matchup at New Mexico. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., televised on CBS Sports Network. No. 19 Boise State is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Mountain West play, New Mexico is 2-2, 1-0.

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Some pre-game reading from our work this week:

Boise State’s specialists embrace being weird

Boise State-New Mexico fans guide

Broncos will lean on Ford, Pierce with Moxey out in first half

Will offseason option work pay off Friday?

Wednesday’s football chat replay

New Mexico mourning player who saved win in Boise

McNichols earns second straight MW player of the week nod

LB Blake Whitlock nearly gave up football, but thrives for Broncos

Boise State, New Mexico depth charts

Players to watch when Broncos take on Lobos