Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien etched his title within the Mountain West report books because the convention’s all-time main passer in each yards and completions. However the pro-style passer wanted his toes nearly up to his arm to overcome the country’s second-best scoring protection.
Rypien engineered a fourth-quarter comeback, completing with 269 yards passing with a landing and one interception, together with 30 yards dashing on 8 carries that integrated scrambles for 3 first downs, in main Boise State to a 24-17 disillusioned over No. 16 Fresno State on Friday evening.
“(Rypien) ran the ball neatly this night,” Boise State trainer Bryan Harsin stated. “He moved and scrambled and all the ones little performs, they do not appear to be a lot on the time however they upload up all through the sport. And that is the reason why we gained the sport this night.”
Trailing 17-10 past due within the 1/3 quarter, Rypien scrambled on 1/3 down for a 10-yard acquire to arrange a game-tying 1-yard run via Alexander Mattison.
After the sport, Rypien shrugged off his fleet-footed prowess.
“It is simply me looking to make a play,” Rypien stated. “There have been some third-down eventualities in there the place I felt like their eyes have been off me and I needed to take off and make a play.”
Even Fresno State trainer Jeff Tedford may simplest shake his head later on when recalling Rypien’s operating performs.
“They’ve a excellent offense and Rypien killed us together with his legs somewhat,” Tedford stated.
Rypien’s legs complemented his grasp throws, none larger than a 49-yard scoring strike on any other 1/3 down play when he hit Khalil Shakir in stride with nine:22 closing within the fourth quarter to provide the Broncos a 24-17 lead.
“At the landing go, (Rypien) stepped up and slid and delivered a super ball in that scenario,” Harsin stated. “With all that used to be occurring, when you’ll be able to ship a super throw in that second in a good ball recreation — it takes numerous laborious paintings for that man to try this.”
Boise State (Eight-2, Five-1 Mountain West), which hasn’t misplaced to Fresno State at house since 1984, beat a ranked group for the primary time in November in program historical past to stay its convention name aspirations alive.
It used to be additionally the primary time since 1999 that the Broncos have been an underdog at house for a normal season recreation.
“We knew it used to be going to be tricky,” Rypien stated. “Being an underdog at the blue, that is by no means a excellent feeling, particularly since we have not been in a very long time. And a few guys within the locker room took that roughly individually.”
Mattison rushed for 144 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns, probably the most any unmarried operating again has tallied in opposition to the Bulldogs’ this season.
Fresno State (Eight-2, Five-1) had simplest given up 3 touchdowns in convention play sooner than going through the Broncos and had simplest been in a single recreation made up our minds via one rating or much less all season.
Following any other sour loss to the Broncos, Tedford remained upbeat.
“We’re going to soar again,” Tedford stated. “Our guys performed laborious proper all the way down to the top. I have nonetheless were given numerous self belief on this group.”
Fresno State Marcus McMaryion, who struggled in opposition to Boise State within the Mountain West name recreation ultimate December, used to be 24-of-35 passing with a landing. Then again, McMaryion could not pull off any late-game heroics after the Bulldogs fell at the back of, because the Broncos held Fresno State on its ultimate two drives sooner than operating out the clock to safe the victory.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs’ faint hopes to emerge from the Crew of five and earn a berth in a New Yr’s Six bowl dimmed with the loss. Then again, they nonetheless have an opportunity to win the West department and get again to the convention name recreation.
Boise State: With the season putting within the steadiness, the Broncos confirmed they have got the fortitude to do what it takes to win shut video games for the second one directly week. The Broncos nonetheless have a number of paintings to do so as to get a chance to protect their convention name, together with a house date in two weeks in opposition to Mountain department chief No. 14 Utah State.
Fresno State will fall after the shut loss at the highway, however now not a ways sufficient to drop out of the ballot altogether. Boise State, which hasn’t been ranked for the reason that 1/3 week of the season, may have an opportunity to crack the highest 25 once more with some lend a hand on Saturday.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs go back house Saturday to stand San Diego State with a berth within the convention name recreation at the line.
Boise State: The Broncos will shuttle to New Mexico on Friday.
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