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Live coverage: Boise State football beats Hawaii 52-16


Fourth quarter

Hawaii—Rigoberto Sanchez 35 field goal, 3:48. Key plays: Quarterback Dru Brown had a 26-yard run on third-and-1 the third play of the drive, and had consecutive 10-yard completions to reach the Boise State red zone. Drive: 12 plays, 67 yards, 4:13 elapsed. Boise State 52, Hawaii 16.

Hawaii—John Ursua 5 pass from Dru Brown (Rigoberto Sanchez kick), 12:05. Key plays: Running back Paul Harris had back-to-back rushes of 39 and 16 yards on the second and third plays of the drive to get to the BSU 4. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 2:46 elapsed. Boise State 52, Hawaii 13.

Boise State—Thomas Sperbeck 44 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 14:51. Key plays: Freshman running back Alexander Mattison ran three times for 21 yards, then Rypien tossed a deep strike to Sperbeck on a double move, giving the receiver a second straight 1,000-yard season. Drive: 4 plays, 65 yards, 1:37 elapsed. Boise State 52, Hawaii 6.

Third quarter

Hawaii—Rigoberto Sanchez 32 field goal, 1:28. Key plays: Quarterback Dru Brown, as he has a few times in the game, scrambled around and found Kalakaua Timoteo for a 13-yard pass on a third-and-10 to get into the red zone. The Warriors got solid starting position after a 15-yard penalty on Boise State following the kick return. Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 4:58 elapsed. Boise State 45, Hawaii 6.

BSU—Tyler Rausa 38 field goal, 6:31. Key plays: Quarterback Brett Rypien was 3-for-3 on the drive for 41 yards, while freshman running back Alexander Mattison had 15 rushing yards and 12 receiving yards. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:32 elapsed. Boise State 45, Hawaii 3.

BSU—Cedrick Wilson 35 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 12:04. Key plays: Boise State got the ball in Hawaii territory following a back exchange between quarterback Dru Brown and running back Paul Harris. Durrant Miles recovered the fumble, just the second recovery of the year for the Broncos. Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 1:25 elapsed. Boise State 42, Hawaii 3.

Second quarter

BSU—Brett Rypien 4 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 1:07. Key plays: Rypien found Cedrick Wilson for a 32-yard completion on the drive’s second play, then hit tight end Jake Roh for 36 the following play down to the 4. Two plays later, Rypien kept it for the score, his second career rushing TD. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:09 elapsed. Boise State 35, Hawaii 3.

Hawaii—Rigoberto Sanchez 24 field goal, 3:21. Key plays: Quarterback Dru Brown helped the Warriors convert on two third downs on the drive, the first scrambling out of a sack for a 5-yard gain on a third-and-4, and a 21-yard pass to Dakota Torress to get to the Boise State 8 on another third-and-4. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:12 elapsed. Boise State 28, Hawaii 3.

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 5 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 8:33. Key plays: Outside of a 2-yard Thomas Sperbeck run, the drive was all McNichols. The junior running back had five carries for 53 yards, including a 35-yarder on the drive’s first play, helped with a nice Brett Rypien block. The Broncos got the ball in solid field position when Chanceller James intercepted a Hawaii trick play pass and returned it 29 yards. Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 2:29 elapsed. Boise State 28, Hawaii 0.

BSU—Alec Dhaenens 6 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 13:35. Key plays: Rypien’s TD pass on third down was set up with a 38-yard pass to Cedrick Wilson for 39 yards to the Hawaii 8. The Broncos were aided by Hawaii on the drive when Dany Mulanga ran into punter Sean Wale on a fourth-down punt, giving the Broncos a first down at the Hawaii 48. Drive: 12 plays, 64 yards, 5:19 elapsed. Boise State 21, Hawaii 0.

First quarter

BSU—Jeremy McNichols 36 run (Tyler Rausa kick), 8:51. Key plays: Cedrick Wilson had a 14-yard punt return to help put the Broncos in good field position, and McNichols had a 10-yard run the first play of the drive to get into Hawaii territory. Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards, 1:44 elapsed. Boise State 14, Hawaii 0.

BSU—Thomas Sperbeck 35 pass from Brett Rypien (Tyler Rausa kick), 12:40. Key plays: On third-and-2 from the Broncos’ own 24, running back Jeremy McNichols broke off a 38-yard run on his second carry. Two plays later, Rypien found Sperbeck near the front pylon on a great over-the-shoulder catch. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:20 elapsed. Boise State 7, Hawaii 0.


Boise State hopes to match its win total from last season when it takes on Hawaii at 5 p.m. MT at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The Broncos are wearing stars and stripes number decals, honoring Veterans Day. The team visited Pearl Harbor on Friday.

Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, defensive end Sam Whitney, running back Devan Demas and long snapper Matt Cota did not make the trip. Cota has snapped every game. His backup is true freshman Nicholai Pittman, who hasn’t played this season. Junior wide receiver Brock Barr snapped some during pregame warmups.

On Saturday, Boise State got a huge boost when UNLV upset Wyoming 69-66 in three overtimes. If the Broncos win out and the Cowboys lose once more, Boise State wins the Mountain Division. Wyoming has two big tests in its last two games, facing San Diego State and New Mexico.


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