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Live coverage: Boise State defeats Louisiana 45-10

LAFAYETTE, La. — Brett Rypien was 22-of-33 passing for 347 yards and two touchdowns, and Boise State cruised to a 45-10 season opening win over Louisiana on Saturday.

It was Rypien's sixth career 300-plus yard outing — with Boise State winning all six contests.

Thomas Sperbeck, Cedrick Wilson and Jeremy McNichols each caught touchdown passes, adding 130, 113, and 98 yards receiving, respectively.

McNichols also had two rushing touchdowns and Sperbeck threw for a TD.

The Broncos scored the first 35 points, including a 48-yard trick play pass from Sperbeck to McNichols.

A Stevie Artigue field goal for Louisiana made it 35-3 at halftime.

The Ragin Cajuns scored their lone touchdown early in the fourth, when LSU transfer quarterback Anthony Jennings found Keenan Barnes from 11 yards out.

Jennings finished with 186 yards passing for Louisiana. Elijah McGuire had 46 yards rushing and Ja'Marcus Bradley caught three balls for 50 yards.

The Associated Press

Here are the stat leaders:

RUSHING—Boise St., Mattison 11-61, McNichols 9-48, Demas 8-29, Wolpin 5-24, Stuart 1-2, Sperbeck 1-1, A.Lewis 0-0, Butler 1-(minus 1), (Team) 1-(minus 2), Rypien 1-(minus 4). Louisiana, McGuire 14-46, Nixon 3-20, Jennings 16-18, J.Wright 3-10, Hoggins 1-1, Calais 2-(minus 1), (Team) 1-(minus 13).

PASSING—Boise St., Sperbeck 1-1-0-48, Rypien 22-33-0-347, Stuart 1-1-0-31. Louisiana, Jennings 21-33-0-186.

RECEIVING—Boise St., Wilson 7-113, Sperbeck 6-130, Dhaenens 5-40, McNichols 3-98, Richardson 1-31, Anderson 1-9, Demas 1-5. Louisiana, McGuire 6-40, Bradley 3-50, Byrne 2-22, M.Barnes 2-20, Riles 2-17, Jacquet 2-17, K.Barnes 2-13, J.Wright 1-4, Hoggins 1-3.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—Boise St., Rausa 42. Louisiana, Artigue 44.

DEFENSE (Tackles-Interceptions-Sacks)—Boise St., Vallejo 9-0-0.5, Hartsfield 8-0-0, Weaver 7-0-0, Vander Esch 5-0-1, McCaskill 4-0-2, Tyler 4-0-0, Moxey 4-0-0, Frazier 3-0-1, Lui 2-0-0.5. Louisiana, Crawford 10-0-0, Peters 8-0-0, Thomas 7-0-0, Lightfoot 6-0-0.5, Brown 4-0-0, Perry 4-0-0.5.


Fourth quarter

Boise State 45, Louisiana 10, 8:44 remaining: Alexander Mattison 2 run. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:09 elapsed. Mattison scored his first career touchdown and leads the team with 11 carries for 61 yards.

Boise State 38, Louisiana 10, 12:53 remaining: Keenan Barnes 11 pass from Anthony Jennings. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 6:46 elapsed.

Third quarter

Boise State 38, Louisiana 3, 4:39 remaining: Tyler Rausa 30 field goal. Drive: 14 plays, 49 yards, 6:19 elapsed. True freshman running back Alexander Mattison made his debut and carried the ball six times for 29 yards.

Second quarter

▪  Boise State posted a completely dominant first half, outgaining Louisiana 387-146, racking up four sacks and nine tackles for loss. As a team, the Broncos were 18-of-24 passing for 352 yards with three touchdowns to no interceptions.

Boise State 35, Louisiana 3, 0:00 remaining: Stevie Artigue 44 field goal. Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 1:29 elapsed. Quarterback Anthony Jennings found running back Elijah McGuire for a 21-yard completion on third-and-17 to get down to the Boise State 26.

Boise State 35, Louisiana 0, 1:29 remaining: Thomas Sperbeck 35 pass from Brett Rypien. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 1:14 elapsed. Sperbeck had an 18-yard reception on the drive, scoring the touchdown on third-and-10.

Boise State 28, Louisiana 0, 12:34 remaining: Jeremy McNichols 7-yard run. Drive: 2 plays, 37 yards, 0:18 elapsed. Boise State got the ball in Louisiana territory when cornerback Jonathan Moxey took down receiver Nick Byrne on a swing pass for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1.

Boise State 21, Louisiana 0, 14:26 remaining: Jeremy McNichols 48 pass from Thomas Sperbeck. Drive: 4 plays, 89 yards, 1:29 elapsed. Quarterback Brett Rypien lateraled to receiver Sperbeck, who hit McNichols downfield with a perfectly placed pass. Sperbeck is 6-of-11 for 137 yards with three touchdowns and an interception passing for Boise State.

First quarter

▪ Junior receiver Cedrick Wilson had six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter in his Boise State debut.

Boise State 14, Louisiana 0, 8:51 remaining: Cedrick Wilson 42 pass from Brett Rypien. Drive: 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:44 elapsed. Rypien hit Alec Dhaenens for 10 yards on second-and-8 on the second play of the drive.

Boise State 7, Louisiana 0, 12:49 remaining: Jeremy McNichols 1-yard run. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:11 elapsed. Quarterback Brett Rypien hit receiver Cedrick Wilson for a 28-yard completion on a third-and-4 to get into Louisiana territory. Rypien was 3-for-4 for 78 yards on the drive.


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


Boise State announced before Saturday’s game at Louisiana that junior tight end Jake Roh won’t play with an injury, and senior safety Chanceller James did not make the trip because of a violation of team rules. Both are starters.

Roh’s absence means a bigger role for junior Alec Dhaenens and sophomore Chase Blakley. Redshirt freshman Evan Tyler is expected to start in James’ place. The Broncos will be without both projected starting safeties, as sophomore Dylan Sumner-Gardner is suspended the first four games.


Here’s how to watch the game if you’re in Idaho. If not, it will be available via ESPN3 or click here to check if a local station will air it on the American Sports Network.

Boise State’s season opener at Louisiana on Sept. 3 will not be available on television in Idaho. ESPN, the rights holder, sublicensed the game to the American Sports Network, but prevented it from being seen in Idaho.

The game is available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Fans can visit, if their TV or internet provider allows, and watch on a computer screen, or on a TV screen through an HDMI cable. The app can be downloaded via most streaming devices, such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, etc. It can also be viewed that way via cellphones and tablets.

Live Blog Boise State-Louisiana football


NFL teams had to cut down their rosters to 53 on Saturday. Among the former Broncos who were cut: cornerback Donte Deayon (Giants), who is a likely candidate to be signed to the practice squad, linebacker Tyler Gray (Dolphins), center Marcus Henry (Saints) and fullback Blake Renaud (Vikings).


Here are links to my stories from this game week:

Broncos could have bumper crop of true freshmen

Beat notes: online-only game part of next wave

Boise State out of Big 12 contention

Linebacker Ben Weaver sets the standard for the defense

Lewis gets starting nod at left tackle; Thursday chat replay

Junior safety Cameron Hartsfield eager to take on starting role

Louisiana players’ cleanup efforts earn Broncos’ respect

Boise State safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner hit with four-game suspension

Weather, early kickoff, youth makes opener a tough task

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