Record Day As The Boise State Bronco Football Team Overpowers UNLV Rebels 55-27

The Broncos broke open a close game with a late barrage.

LAS VEGAS--Quarterback Brett Rypien threw for a freshman school record 469 yards as Boise State put away a pesky UNLV this afternoon 55-27.

Rypien three two touchdown passes and caught another on a pass from Thomas Sperbeck to lead the Broncos to their seventh win of the season against just two defeats.  More importantly, the Broncos remained tied atop the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference with a 4-1 league mark.  Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz presided over a Bronco unit that recorded 705 yards against the Rebels, who fell to 2-6 overall and 1-3 in conference.

The 705 yards of total offense against UNLV is the fourth-most in school history--see the chart at the bottom of this article.  Drinkwitz says the key to Rypien's growth has been his preparation, and his uncanny ability to self-correct, as referred to in the above video.

With the win, Boise State achieved their 17th consecutive season with seven or more wins tying the most successful eras of all-time for Miami of Florida (1980-1996), Notre Dame (1964-1980)and Penn State (1967-1983).  See the table at the bottom of this article.

Safety Darian Thompson, who earlier in the week was named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, had an acrobatic interception in the fourth quarter to give Thompson 19 for his Boise State career.  With the pick, Thompson broke the all-time Mountain West mark for career interceptions previously held by Utah's Eric Weddle, who is now an All-Pro safety in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers, and Gabriel Fulbright (2002-2005) from New Mexico.

Thompson also moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time Boise State list, and is behind only Steve Forrey (1968-1970), who had 24 career picks, and Frank Robinson (1988-1991), who had 22.

Boise State scored on its first three drives of the game, and then, after UNLV stiffened in the middle portion of the game, the Broncos scored on their final four drives as well to break open what was a close game.

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With Boise State leading 24-17 at halftime, the Broncos generated a drive midway through the third quarter to the UNLV 27, where Tyler Rausa booted a 44-yard field goal.  UNLV countered with a 27-yard field goal of their own from Nicolai Bornand to make it 27-20.  The Broncos scored in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a five-play, 50-yard drive that culminated when wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes ran it in from nine yards out on an end-around.

UNLV then came knocking on the door, but Xzaviar Campbell was stopped at the goal line by the Bronco defense.  On the way down, officials ruled that he fumbled and Rebel offensive lineman Eric Noone recovered it in the end zone to cut the margin to 34-27.  

It took Boise State just four plays to score on their next possession, with Rypien finding Chaz Anderson on a deep route from 54 yards out.  After the Bronco defense held the Rebels out of the end zone on four plays from the Bronco 5, Boise State engineered a 95-yard drive with Jeremy McNichols racing for a 40-yard touchdown, and then Kelsey Young gained 65 yards on five consecutive plays to the UNLV two before reserve quarterback Thomas Stewart carried it over from there.

Cornerback Raymond Ford thwarted a last Rebel attempt to score when he intercepted a Blake Decker pass at the Bronco goal line.

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Rypien broke Kellen Moore's freshman records for attempts (48) and passing yards (414), both vs. Nevada, and completions (33 vs. Hawai'i) in a single game that Moore set in the 2008 season.  Rypien finished 35-52 for the night.  Rypien now stands second all-time at Boise State for attempts in a game and third all-time for passing yards and completions in a game.

Sperbeck had a great night with 10 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown, plus the TD toss to Rypien.  Sperbeck led 10 Broncos who caught passes from Rypien, as Anderson also topped the century mark with 7 receptions for 106 yards and a score and Williams-Rhodes added 7 grabs for 48 yards.

With his performance, Sperbeckbroke the all-time school record for career games with 150 or more receiving yards in his junior season.  Sperbeck now has five games over 150, breaking the previous mark of 4 set by former Bronco great Don Hutt, who passed away earlier this year.

Rausa also has found his way into the record book, now tied for fourth all-time for field goals in a season.  Rausa, who is 17-20, is behind only Mike Dodd (22 in 1992), Roberto Moran (18 in 1986) and Kyle Brotzman (18 in 2009).

McNichols gained 122 yards on 22 carries (5.5 avg.) to lead the Bronco ground game.  McNichols, who sat out the Utah State game with a concussion, has now topped the 100-yard rushing mark in the last four games in which he has played.  Young finished with 87 yards on 9 carries.

25-year-old UNLV quarterback Blake Decker completed 29-of-50 attempts for 357 yards for the Rebels.  Devonte Boyd, who last year was named a Freshman All-American, caught 10 passes for 116 yards while Aaron Criswell had 6 for 105.

After games in nine consecutive weeks in which injuries have piled up for Coach Bryan Harsin and his team, the Broncos get a well-deserved week off.

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Consecutive Seasons of Seven or More Wins:

1.    Nebraska…35 (1969-2003)

2.    Florida State…33 (1982-2014)

3.    Yale…28 (1882-1909)

4.    Princeton…27 (1881-1907)

5.    Harvard…25 (1886-1910)

5.    Pennsylvania…25 (1888-1912)

7.    Florida…23 (1988-2010)

7.    Michigan…23 (1985-2007)

9.    Oklahoma…22 (1970-1991)

10.  Virginia Tech…21 (1993-2013)

11.  Miami of Florida…17 (1980-1996)

11.  Notre Dame…17 (1964-1980)

11.  Penn State…17 (1967-1983)

11.  Boise State…17 (1999-2015)

14.  Michigan…16 (1968-1983)

14.  Tennessee…16 (1989-2004)

14.  Oklahoma…..16 1999-2014)

18.  LSU............15 (2000-2014)

18.  Ohio State…15 (1972-1986)

20.  Oklahoma…14 (1946-1959)

21.  Alabama…13 (1971-1983)

21.  Georgia…13 (1997-2009)

21.  Georgia Tech…13 (1997-2009)

21.  Virginia…13 (1987-1999)

21.  Wisconsin 13 (2002-2014)

26.  Alabama…12 (1985-1996)

26.  Boston College…12 1999-2010

26.  Carlisle…12 (1902-1913)

26.  Mississippi…12 (1952-1963)

26.  Notre Dame…12 (1938-1949)

26.  Texas…12 (1998-2009)

Career Interceptions, Mountain West Conference
1. Darian Thompson 19 2012 2015 Boise State
 2.  Gabriel Fulbright 18 2002 2005 New Mexico
2. Eric Weddle 18 2003 2006 Utah
4.  Beau Bell 16 2004 2007 UNLV
4.  Will Chandler 16 2008 2011 UNLV
6. Donte Deayon 15 2012 2015 Boise State
7. Blair Burns 13 2011 2014 Wyoming
  Jon Davis 13 2008 2011 Air Force
  Robert Johnson 13 2007 2009 Utah
10. Dallas Bollema 12 2010 2013 New Mexico
  Jeremy Ioane 12 2011 2014 Boise State
  Scott Johnson 12 2007 2009 BYU
  Eric Pinkins 12 2009 2013 San Diego State
  Andrew Preston 12 2007 2010 San Diego State
  Elijah Blu-Smith 12 2008 2011 Colorado State
  Anthony Wright 12 2008 2011 Air Force
17. Chris Prosinski 11 2007 2010 Wyoming
18. Sean Alston 10 2011 2013 Fresno State
  casey Evans 10 2005 2006 Utah
  Aaron Moore 10 2006 2009 San Diego State
  Andrew Rich 10 2008 2010 BYU
  Deandre Wright 10 2005 2008 New Mexico

Most Career Games Over 150 Receiving Yards

1.   Thomas Sperbeck (5) 2013-current

2.    Don Hutt (4) 1970-1973

3.    Al Marshall (3) 1969-1972

3.    Winky White (3) 1987-1990

3.    Rodney Smith (3) 1997-1998

3.    Lou Fanucchi (3) 1999-2002

7.    Kipp Bedard (2) 1979-1981

7.    Terry Hutt (2) 1973-1974, 1976-1977

7.    Ryan Ikebe (2) 1993-1996

7.    Tim Gilligan (2) 2000-2003

7.    T.J. Acree (2) 2001-2004

7.    Matt Miller (2) 2011-2014

Most Yards of Total Offense/Single Game

1.   742 vs. Colorado State 2011

2.   737 vs. Hawai’i 2010

3.   732 vs. Louisiana Tech 2003

4.   705 vs. UNLV 2015

5.   688 vs. Fresno State 2002

6.   676 vs. Colorado State 2014

7.   664 vs. Eastern Washington 1995

8.   658 vs. New Mexico 2014

9.   650 vs. San Jose State 2002

10. 642 vs. Portland State 1973

Passing Yards, Single Game

1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (532) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003

2.    Ryan Dinwiddie (509) vs. SMU, 2003

3.    Kellen Moore (507) vs. Hawai’i, 2010

4.    Brett Rypien (469) vs. UNLV, 2015

5.    Kellen Moore (457) vs. Toledo, 2011

6.    Jim McMillan (454) vs. UNLV, 1974

7.    Kellen Moore (414) vs. Nevada, 2008

8.    Grant Hedrick (410) vs. BYU, 2014

9.    Ryan Dinwiddie (406) vs. Fresno State, 2002

10.  Bart Hendricks (405) vs. Idaho, 2000

10.  Ryan Dinwiddie (405) vs. Tulsa, 2001

12.  Jim McMillan (403) vs. Montana,1974

13.  Ryan Dinwiddie (399) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2002

14.  Jared Zabransky (392) vs. UTEP, 2004

15.  Tony Hilde (388) vs. Montana, 1993 

16.  Greg Stern (386) vs. UNLV, 1975

16.  Kellen Moore (386) vs. Oregon, 2008

18.  Duane Halliday (382) vs. Nevada,1990

18.  Grant Hedrick (382) vs. Oregon State, 2013

20.  Bart Hendricks (381) vs. Utah State, 2000

21.  Bart Hendricks (378) vs. Idaho,1997

22.  B.J. Rhode (376) vs. Utah State, 2002 

23.  Bart Hendricks (375) vs. New Mexico State, 2000

23.  Ryan Dinwiddie (375) vs. Nevada, 2003

25.  Kellen Moore (370) vs. Wyoming, 2010

Completions, Single Game

1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (40) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003

2.    Grant Hedrick (36) vs. Mississippi, 2014

3.    Brett Rypien (35) vs. UNLV, 2015

4.    Kellen Moore (33) vs. Hawai'i, 2008
5.    Kellen Moore (32) vs. Toledo, 2011

5.    Grant Hedrick (32) vs. Oregon State, 2013

7.    Travis Stuart (31) vs. Weber State, 1992

7.    Joe Southwick (31) vs. Fresno State, 2013
8.    Joe Southwick (30) vs. Utah State, 2013 

       Kellen Moore (30) vs. Hawai'i, 2010
       Kellen Moore (30) vs. Southern Mississippi, 2008
       Taylor Tharp (30) vs. Washington, 2007
       Ryan Dinwiddie (30) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2001
       Jeff Mladenich (30) vs. Idaho, 1991
       Jim McMillan (30) vs. Idaho, 1974
16.  Kellen Moore (29) vs. Nevada, 2008
16.  Jim McMillan (29) vs. UNLV, 1974

18.  Kellen Moore (28) vs. Georgia, 2011

18.  Kellen Moore (28) vs. TCU, 2011

18.  Kellen Moore (28) vs. San Diego State, 2011

18.  Kellen Moore (28) vs. New Mexico, 2011

Passing Attempts, Single Game

1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (60) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003

2.    Brett Rypien (52) vs. UNLV, 2015

3.    Travis Stuart (51) vs. Montana, 1992

3.    Keith Jarrett (51) vs. Oregon State, 1986

5.    Ryan Dinwiddie (49) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2001

5.    Jeff Mladenich (49) vs. Idaho, 1991

7.    Kellen Moore (48) vs. Nevada, 2008

7.    Bart Hendricks (48) vs. Idaho, 1997

9.    Taylor Tharp (47) vs. Washington, 2007

9.    Vince Alcalde (47) vs. Weber State, 1987

9.    Eric Guthrie (47) vs. Weber State, 1971

12.  Tony Hilde (46) vs. Northern Arizona, 1993

12.  Danny Langsdorf (46) vs. Northeastern, 1993

12.  Travis Stuart (46) vs. Montana State, 1992    

12.  Grant Hedrick (46) vs. Mississippi, 2014

16.  Vince Alcalde (45) vs. Montana, 1987

16.  Joe Southwick (45) vs. Fresno State, 2013

18.  Grant Hedrick (44) vs. Oregon State, 2013

18.  Joe Southwick (44) vs. Utah State, 2013

20.  Mike Virden (44) vs. Weber State, 1989

20.  Duane Halliday (44) vs. Eastern Washington, 1988

20.  Eric Guthrie (44) vs. Idaho State, 1971

Season

1.    Mike Dodd (22) 1992

2.    Roberto Moran (18) 1986

2.    Kyle Brotzman (18) 2009

4.    Tyler Rausa (17) 2015

4.    Dan Goodale (17) 2013

4.    Mark Jensen (17) 1982

4.    Kyle Brotzman (17) 2008

7.    Tony Massagli (16) 1983

7.    Roberto Moran (16) 1985

7.    P.K. Wiggins (16) 1987

7.    Kyle Brotzman (16) 2007

7.    Kyle Brotzman (16) 2010

7.    Dan Goodale (16) 2014


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