It’s Week 7 of our new feature: BSU Takes.
After each game, I post my top takeaways. During the game, I solicit takeaways from fans on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll run a select few — and a shorter version of my story — in the newspaper. But the full version will always be in the Bronco Beat blog with many contributions from fans.
Utah State beat Boise State 52-26 on Friday night. You can find our comprehensive, multimedia coverage of the game here and Dave Southorn’s traditional game story here.
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1. A total team breakdown: The Broncos’ offense committed eight turnovers, the most for the program since 1989. Quarterback Brett Rypien was inaccurate. Receivers dropped passes. Linemen and tailbacks missed blocks.
“They just dialed us up on the right day, and they did an awesome job,” senior center Marcus Henry said. “Give them credit.”
The defense, hellbent on being known as a dominant group that can win games on its own, four times allowed the Aggies to score a touchdown in four plays or fewer after a turnover. That included a two-play, 46-yard TD drive and one-play, 21-yard TD drive in the decisive, closing minutes of the first half.
The short fields helped the Aggies, but the Broncos allowed 52 points — the most they’ve surrendered in regulation since 1998. Star defensive backs Darian Thompson and Donte Deayon made mistakes on key first-half plays that led to points.
“We try to stop the offense, limit them to the least amount of points possible and if we get put in a bad situation, it’s all right,” Thompson said. “We’re supposed to be able to get out of it.”
2. Brett Rypien played like a true freshman: Boise State’s young quarterback didn’t have his usual crisp accuracy in the first half, missing open receivers and tossing three interceptions. He also took four sacks in the game, losing two fumbles. The first sack/fumble was a decision-making error on his part. On the second one, he had no chance.
Rypien finished 25-for-50 for 299 yards with three interceptions and two lost fumbles. He threw for 78 yards in the first half and his rating of 88.23 was about half of his season rating of 175.85.
“We have all the confidence in the world in Brett,” Henry said. “He did a good job just staying composed.”
3. The Broncos missed Jeremy McNichols (head injury; expected to return next week): The sophomore tailback’s explosiveness in the run game, playmaking in the pass game and blocking in pass protection likely would have helped the Broncos generate more offense before the score got out of control. Backups Kelsey Young and Devan Demas averaged 3.0 yards per carry and combined for minus-2 receiving yards. A back whiffed on a rusher who forced one of Rypien’s fumbles.
“It’s a little bit different (without McNichols), but the mentality of this program is you’ve got to carry the flag,” Henry said. “I think Kelsey did a pretty good job, we’ve just got to get better.”
Brian Walsh: Most disappointing effort by a Boise State team I can remember in 20 years of being a fan.
Howard Russell: F bombs galore at our house.
Guy Aydelotte: I don't think you can print the words I'm thinking in the paper.
i stopped watching the game at halftime. My walls had to many holes and my knuckles where bleeding to much #bsutakes— Roman Khochay (@RKhochay) October 17, 2015
#bsutakes I wish Utah State would have just beat us instead of us beating ourselves. They were not very good, we gave it to them.— Tim Fox (@bsuorangecrush) October 17, 2015
#BSUtakes This is the worst Boise State game I have ever seen. The absolute worst. This was worse than Georgia.— Ryan Edwards (@MrmnGunslngr_21) October 17, 2015
I'm not sure which # 4 had a worse game tonight. Neither looked good. #bsutakes— Brent Chapman (@BcendoChapman) October 17, 2015
Offensive line was pretty much manhandled all night. #bsutakes— Brandon Martin (@litlmartin) October 17, 2015
Rypien finally looked like the freshman that he is. #bsutakes— MJG (@gjmer) October 17, 2015
End of Rypien/Moore comparisons! #bsutakes— FloridaBronco (@PensacolaBronco) October 17, 2015