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Boise State survives furious Colorado State rally to win 28-23

Boise State players hit the field for Saturday night’s home game against Colorado State, wearing the same uniform combination (and helmet logo) from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Boise State players hit the field for Saturday night’s home game against Colorado State, wearing the same uniform combination (and helmet logo) from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.


Fourth quarter

CSU—Dalyn Dawkins 11 pass from Nick Stevens (pass failed), 3:35. Key plays: The Rams recovered a second consecutive onside kick to retain possession. On the play prior to the touchdown, Stevens hit Michael Gallup for 31 yards on a screen. Drive: 6 plays, 54 yards, 1:13 elapsed. Boise State 28, Colorado State 23.

CSU—Michael Gallup 53 pass from Nick Stevens (Wyatt Bryan kick), 4:48. Key plays: With punter Hayden Hunt doing the onside kick, the Rams’ Kevin Nutt recovered. On the first play, Stevens hit Gallup on a quick slant, and he broke a Cameron Hartsfield tackle to get into daylight. Drive: 1 play, 53 yards, 0:12 elapsed. Boise State 28, Colorado State 17.

CSU—Izzy Matthews 5 run (Wyatt Bryan kick), 5:00. Key plays: Quarterback Nick Stevens scrambled for 19 yards down to the Boise State 26 on fourth-and-1. Earlier in the drive, he had a 2-yard quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-2 from the Rams’ own 33. Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 5:53 elapsed. Boise State 28, Colorado State 10.

BSU—A.J. Richardson 11 pass from Thomas Sperbeck (Tyler Rausa kick), 10:53. Key plays: Jeremy McNichols, on his 34th carry of the night, converted a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard plunge to the CSU 34. Freshman running back Alexander Mattison caught a 19-yard pass on the next play. Sperbeck took a direct snap and found Richardson in the back of the end zone for his first career TD catch. Drive: 16 plays, 90 yards, 6:36 elapsed. Boise State 28, Colorado State 3.

Third quarter

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 80 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 4:00. Key plays: McNichols broke through the right side of the Boise State offensive line and went untouched on the touchdown scamper, the third run of at least 80 yards in his career. Drive: 2 plays, 81 yards, 0:46 elapsed. Boise State 21, Colorado State 3.

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 5 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 7:35. Key plays: Quarterback Brett Rypien hit receiver Chaz Anderson for his longest play of the season, a 35-yard deep ball down to the 5 on the previous play. McNichols ran seven times for 34 yards on the drive. Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:01 elapsed. Boise State 14, Colorado State 3.

Second quarter

BSU—Thomas Sperbeck 12 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 0:27. Key plays: Running back Jeremy McNichols was Rypien’s target on two third-down completions, including a 33-yard grab down to the CSU 17 with less than a minute to the end of the half. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:32 elapsed. Boise State 7, Colorado State 3.

First quarter

CSU—Wyatt Bryan 39 field goal, 7:24. Key plays: Boise State nearly took the lead on its first drive, but senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck dropped a 37-yard pass in the end zone on a fourth-and-13. Quarterback Nick Stevens hit receiver Olabisi Johnson, who made a great catch, for 13 yards on a third-and-4 down to get the Boise State 32. Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 4:46 elapsed. Colorado State 3, Boise State 0.


No. 15 Boise State (5-0, 2-0) hosts Colorado State (3-3, 1-1) for an 8:15 p.m. matchup Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. The game is televised on ESPN2. Follow along here all game long for news, scoring updates, photos and more.

Rain is lightly falling pregame, which the Broncos have prepared for this week, doing wet ball drills, even earlier in the week when it was dry.

The Broncos will be without redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Whitney, freshman defensive tackle Chase Hatada and sophomore linebacker Leighton Vander Esch because of injury for the game.

Senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck needs 106 yards to pass Titus Young as the school’s all-time leading receiver. Young had 3,063 yards from 2007-10.


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Links to our stories from this week:

Fiesta flashback: Ten years later, players still live the dream

Boise State’s first Fiesta players: where are they now?

Where first Fiesta coaches are now

Beat notes: how one game changed Boise State forever

Former Boise State players honor Lyle Smith with fedoras

Video: Boise State players today recall watching first Fiesta Bowl

Replay of Thursday’s live football chat

Former BSU lineman, current radio analyst Cavender on his cancer scare

Boise State shies away from Cotton Bowl possibilities

Broncos to wear Fiesta Bowl uniform combo

In polls, Broncos move up to No. 15; Rypien named MW player of the week


Fan’s guide for Saturday’s game

Colorado State-Boise State key matchup: Bronco CBs vs. Rams WRs

No. 15 Boise State vs. Colorado State: game breakdown

MW power poll: Broncos remain on top

Colorado State-Boise State players to watch

Depth charts for Saturday’s game