In the end, the scrimmage probably did little to sway the Bronco coaches, and the traditional vanilla playbook displayed did little to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the Boise State team.
One of the top questions on the minds of fans was who would emerge as the front-runner at quarterback. Sophomore Ryan Finley took the most reps with the #1 offense tonight--"He's earned it", coach Bryan Harsin said. Finley completed 13-of-17 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, with most of those tosses being of the short variety. Brett Rypien got the Bronco faithful fired up early with the first score of the game, a touchdown pass to Terrell Johnson. Rypien started out hot, then cooled off a bit for a final stat line of 10-19 for 94 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Alex Ogle was an efficient 11-16 for 108 yards and a TD toss of his own, while Thomas Stuart was 4-8 for 25 yards with two interceptions.
Jeremy McNichols (6-22), freshman Cory Young (5-14) and walk-on Ryan Wolpin (6-10) carried most of the load on the ground. McNichols also snared five catches for 24 yards, while Young had four receptions for 22 yards. Stanford transfer Kelsey Young played but had no carries. Coach Harsin said that he was a little banged up and the coaches wanted to be smart with the way they used him.
The Bronco quarterbacks spread the ball around, with 16 players catching a pass. Sean Modster (4-44 and 1 TD), Taylor Pope (4-33), Chaz Anderson (3-54) and Austin Cottrell (3-31) were among the top receivers. Jake Roh caught the game's other touchdown.
Nose tackle Armand Nance, who practiced in full pads for the first time yesterday, played tonight. Center Marcus Henry and wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes did not.
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