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The Boise State Bronco Football Team Rips The Colorado State Rams 41-10

Boise State used several explosive plays to whip Colorado State 41-10 to move to 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado--Thomas Sperbeck scored on two long touchdown passes and sophomore Jeremy McNichols scored two touchdowns as #25 Boise State trounced Colorado State 41-10 tonight.  The Bronco defense held All-America wide receiver Rashard Higgins to three catches for 42 yards.

Brett Rypien threw for a career-high 339 yards, including an 85-yard TD pass to Sperbeck and Sperbeck also caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes.  McNichols scored on a 56-yard run up the middle but left the game following a helmet-to-helmet hit while scoring a one-yard TD late in the third quarter.  McNichols did not return to action and was seen out of pads on the Bronco sideline.

Boise State raced to a 17-0 lead before the Rams picked up a first down.  Williams-Rhodes took a pass from Rypien, then pulled up and sent a wobbly pass to Sperbeck, who avoided stepping out of bounds for a 53-yard play that put the Broncos up 7-0.  Two plays later, safety Kameron Miles' jarring hit on CSU running back Dalyn Dawkins knocked the ball loose and Tyler Horn recovered the ball at the Ram 11.  Tyler Rausa converted with a field goal to make it 10-0.

On Boise State's next possession, McNichols sped through a crease for a career-long 56-yard touchdown run that put coach Bryan Harsin's team up 17-0.

Reserve quarterback Coleman Key got the Rams on the scoreboard when he led CSU on a 16-play, 75-yard drive that gobbled up eight minutes.  Key hit Joe Hansley with a 13-yard scoring toss on the opening play of the second quarter.  It was only the fifth drive all season by a Bronco opponent of over 70 yards.

But every time it seemed like Colorado State did something offensively, the Broncos had an answer.  Rypien found Sperbeck over the middle, and Sperbeck broke free for an 85-yard touchdown to make it 24-7.

Then, with just 33 seconds left to work with, Rypien led the Broncos from their own 33 with a 35-yard pass to Chaz Anderson, and Rausa added a 35-yard field goal as time expired for a 27-7 halftime lead.

Bronco safety Darian Thompson's fourth interception of the year gave him 18 for his career.  That ties Thompson with Utah's Eric Weddle for the Mountain West Conference record, and tied Thompson with former Boise State great Gabe Franklin (2001-2004) for third place in Boise State history.

Sperbeck finished the game with five catches for 178 yards, all in the first half.  McNichols topped the century mark for the second consecutive game with 104 yards on 17 carries and caught six passes for 77 yards.

Williams-Rhodes finished with seven receptions for 52 yards to become the fourth player in school history to top 200 career catches.  SWR passed Titus Young (204) for third place with 205.  Only Matt Miller (244) and Austin Pettis (229) are now ahead of Williams-Rhodes.

Boise State is now 5-1 this season and 2-0 in the Mountain West, while the Rams slipped to 2-4 and 0-2.

The Broncos stay on the road for a battle with another Mountain Division foe, Utah State, next Friday in Logan.

Career Interceptions

  1.  Steve Forrey (24) 1968-1970

  2.  Frank Robinson (22) 1988-1991

  3.  Darian Thompson (18) 2012-current

  3.  Gabe Franklin (18) 2001-2004

  5.  Donte Deayon (17) 2012-current

  6.  Darrin Lyle (15) 1988-1991

  6.  Joe Larkin (15) 1971-1972

  8.  Marty Tadman (14) 2004-2007

  8.  Ken Johnson (14) 1968-1970

10.  Dempsy Dees(13) 1997-2000

10.  Brandyn Thompson (13) 2007-2010

12.  Anthony Brown (12) 1988-1991

12.  Clint Sigman (12) 1972-1975

14.  Rashid Gayle (11) 1992-1995

14.  Korey Hall (11) 2003-2006

14.  Kenny Kuehl (11) 1987-1990

14.  Gary Rosolowich (11) 1974-1976)

14.  Kyle Wilson (11) 2006-2009

19.  Chris Bell (10) 1978-1981

19.  Maury Moore (10) 1983-1986

19.  Wes Nurse (10) 2000-2003

22.  Larry Alder (9) 1978-1981

22.  Gerald Alexander (9) 2003-2006

22.  Greg Frederick (9) 1972-1973

22.  Rolly Woolsey (9) 1972-1974

26.  Julius Brown (8) 2000-2003

26.  Jeron Johnson (8) 2007-2010

26.  Ken West (8) 1974-1977

26.  Clint Sigman (8) 1972-1975

30.  Jamar Taylor (7) 2008/2010-2012

30.  Aaron Tevis (7) 2008-2011

30.  Eric Escandon (7) 1991-1993

30.  George Iloka (7) 2008-2011

30.  Ken McKelvey (7) 1991-1992

30.  Keith Morioka (7) 1987-1988

30.  Rick Woods (7) 1978-1981

37.  Jerrell Gavins (6) 2009-2012

37.  Jamar Taylor (6) 2008/2010-2012

37.  Jeff Davis (6) 1995-1998

37.  Cam Hall (6) 2002-2005

Passing Yards By a Freshman

1.  Kellen Moore (3,486) 2008

2. Tony Hilde (1,461) 1993

3.  Bart Hendricks (1,121) 1997

4.  Hazsen Choates 1,108 1983

5.  Brett Rypien 1,057 2015

6. Gerald DesPres (1,034) 1981


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