Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports

Boise State Broncos Break Out of Slump To Top San Jose Spartans, 40-23

The Boise State football team rebounded to top San Jose State.

SAN JOSE, California--Boise State came from behind to defeat San Jose State 40-23 yesterday afternoon, averting a three-game losing streak, the likes of which no Bronco football team has seen in 18 years.

The Broncos advanced to 8-4 with the victory, Boise State's 16th consecutive season with eight or more wins.  That enabled Boise State to tie BYU for fifth in college football history for the most consecutive eight-win seasons (see chart at the end of this article.)

Jeremy McNichols ran for a career-high 192 yards, including a school-record 88-yard run for a score, scored on a 19-yard run and also had six receptions for 40 yards and a third touchdown.  McNichols posted his seventh-straight 100-yard rushing game to tie San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey for a Mountain West Conference record, and extended his Mountain West record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 11.

McNichols' 88-yard run along the sideline broke the Boise State record of 85 set by quarterback Jared Zabransky against Hawai'i in 2004.  McNichols leads the nation with 23 total touchdowns.

San Jose State (5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Mountain West Conference) led 10-9 at halftime, by virtue of a Kenny Potter 35-yard touchdown pass to Billy Freeman and a missed Boise State extra point attempt.

Boise State, pinned down after a Spartan punt rolled to the Bronco three-yard line, came back on a 14-play drive that used 6:41 of the third quarter, with Brett Rypien finding McNichols for a five-yard touchdown.

Thomas Sperbeck caught six passes for 45 yards to tye Jeremy Childs for second in school history for receptions in a season (82).  Sperbeck is six shy of Matt Miller's 2013 record of 88.

Together with Shane Williams-Rhodes (who did not play again yesterday) and McNichols, Sperbeck is part of a Bronco trio that moved from 7-2 for receptions by a trio.  Sperbeck, SWR and McNichols now have 182 receptions this season, behind only Miller, Williams-Rhodes and Geraldo Boldewijn (204 combined catches in 2013).

McNichols moved into a tie for sixth with his third game of 150 or more rushing yards.  McNichols is tied with former Bronco greats Rodney Webster (1980-1983), Chris Jackson (1986-1987) and Chris Thomas (1987-1991).  With six catches out of the backfield yesterday, Jeremy also passed John Smith (1975) for third for most single-season receptions by a running back.  McNichols now tied at #4 with Jay Ajayi for rushing touchdowns in a season with 18.

Placekicker Tyler Rausa was 2-2 on field-goal tries, connecting from 25 and 31 yards.  Rausa now has 23 field goals this season, second in Boise State single-season history and one behind the school record set by Tyler Jones in 2004.  Rausa paces the nation with 23 field goals.  With nine points yesterday (two field goals and three PATs), Rausa has scored 120 points this season, two points away from tying the Mountain West single-season scoring record for kickers (Louie Sakoda of Utah in 2008).

Rypien finished 25-33 for 197 yards and two touchdowns to move into 10th all-time for passing yards in a season at Boise State.

Jake Roh had three catches for 18 yards, enabling him to tie Mike Holton (1972, 1974) for seventh all-time for receptions by sophomore year with 64.

Potter was 28-of-41 for 336 yards and three touchdowns for San Jose State, but he was intercepted twice.

Consecutive Seasons with 8 or More Wins:

1.   Nebraska…33 (1969-2001)

2.   Michigan…20 (1985-2004)

3.   Princeton…19 (1888-1906)

3.   Florida State…19 (1987-2005)

5.   Boise State…17 (1999-2015)

5.   BYU…17 (1976-1992)

7.   Pennsylvania…16 (1890-1905)

7.   Oklahoma…16 (2000-2015)

7.   Michigan…16 (1968-1983)

7.   Tennessee…16 (1989-2004)

11. LSU….15 (2000-2014)

12. Virginia Tech…14 (1998-2011)

12. Miami of Florida…14 (1983-1996)

14. Yale…13 (1886-1898)

14. Alabama…13 (1971-1983)

14. Georgia…13 (1997-2009)

17. Carlisle…12 (1902-1913)

17. Florida…12 (1990-2001)

17. Texas 12 (1998-2009) 

20. Oklahoma…11 (1948-1958)

20. USC…11 (1972-1982)

20. Penn State…11 (1989-1999)

23. USC…10 (1924-1933)

23. Notre Dame…10 (1969-1978)

23. Oklahoma…10 (1971-1980)

Receptions, Career

1. Matt Miller (234) 2011-2014

2. Austin Pettis (228) 2007-2010

3. Shane Williams-Rhodes (219) 2012-current

4. Titus Young (204) 2007-2010

5. Don Hutt (189) 1970-1973
6. Jeremy Childs (168) 2006-2008
7. Ryan Ikebe (162) 1993-1996
8. Mike Wilson (159) 1990-1993
9. Jay Swillie (140) 1999-2002
9. Eric Andrade (140) 1983-1984/1986-1987
11. Mike Holton (139) 1972/1974-1976

12. Thomas Sperbeck (132) 2013-current 

12. Terry Hutt (132) 1973-1974/1976-1977
14. Lou Fanucchi (131) 1999-2002

15. Jeb Putzier (128) 1998-2001

16. Kim Metcalf (126) 1980-1984
17. Kipp Bedard (122) 1979-1981

17. Tyler Shoemaker (122) 2008-2011
19. Rodney Smith (117) 1997-1998
19. Sheldon Forehand (117) 1989-1992
21. Winky White (116) 1987-1990
21. Al Marshall (116) 1969-1972

23. Kirby Moore (115) 2009/2011-2013
23. Drisan James (115) 2003-2006

23. Billy Wingfield (115) 1998-1999/2001-2002

Receptions, Season

1.  Matt Miller (88) 2013

2.  Thomas Sperbeck (82) 2015)

2.  Jeremy Childs (82) 2007

4.  Titus Young (79) 2010

5.  Shane Williams-Rhodes (77) 2013

6.   Mike Wilson (76) 1992

7.   Jeremy Childs (72) 2008

8.   Austin Pettis (71) 2009

8.   Titus Young (71) 2009

10. Shane Williams-Rhodes (68) 2014

11. Tim Gilligan (67) 2003

12.  Matt Miller (66) 2012

12.  Don Hutt (66) 1971

14.  Rodney Smith (64) 1997

14.  Mike Holton (64) 1974

16. Austin Pettis (63) 2009

16.  Eric Andrade (63) 1987

16.  Don Hutt (63) 1973

16.  Austin Pettis (63) 2010

19.  Tyler Shoemaker (62) 2011

19.  Matt Miller (62) 2011

19.  Billy Wingfield (62) 2002

22.  Ryan Ikebe (61) 1996

23.  Kipp Bedard (60) 1981

24.  Don Hutt (58) 1972

25.  Terry Hutt (56) 1977

Most Catches by a Trio

(the top three receivers)


1.    Matt Miller, Shane Williams-Rhodes & Geraldo Boldewijn (204) 2013

2.    Thomas Sperbeck, Shane Williams-Rhodes & Jeremy McNichols (182) 2015

3.    Titus Young, Austin Pettis & Tyler Shoemaker (174) 2010

4.    Matt Miller, Tyler Shoemaker & Mitch Burroughs (173) 2011

4.    Titus Young, Austin Pettis & Kyle Efaw (173) 2009

6.    Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis & Titus Young (172) 2007

7.    Shane Williams-Rhodes, Jay Ajayi and Thomas Sperbeck (169) 2014

8.    Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis & Vinny Perretta (157) 2008

9.    Mike Wilson, Sheldon Forehand and Dave Deitz (151) 1992

10.  Tim Gilligan, T.J. Acree & Jerry Smith (150) 2003

11.  Matt Miller, Kirby Moore & Chris Potter (138) 2012

12.  Billy Wingfield, Lou Fanucchi & Brock Forsey (136) 2002

13.  Ryan Ikebe, K.C. Adams & Jarret Hausske (133) 1994

14.   Mike Holton, John Crabtree & John Smith (129) 1974

14.   Winky White, Ricky Hill & Terry Heffner (129) 1989

Rushing Yards, Season

1.    Jay Ajayi (1,823) 2014

2.    Ian Johnson (1,713) 2006

3.    Brock Forsey (1,611) 2002

4.    Cedric Minter (1,526) 1978

5.    Jay Ajayi (1,425) 2013

6.    Doug Martin (1,299) 2011

7.    K.C. Adams (1,275) 1994

8.    Chris Jackson (1,273) 1987

9.    Doug Martin (1,260) 2010

10.  Jeremy McNichols (1,244) 2015

11.  Brock Forsey (1,207) 2001

12.  Jeremy Avery (1,151) 2009

13.  Doug Martin (1,148) 2011

14.  Jon Francis (1,147) 1985

15.  David Mikell (1,142) 2003

15.  Eron Hurley (1,142) 1998

17.  Rodney Webster (1,139) 1981

18.  D.J. Harper (1,137) 2012

19.  Cedric Minter (1,060) 1980

20.  Ian Johnson (1,041) 2007

21.  Rodney Webster (1,037) 1983

22.  Jon Francis (1,025) 1984

23.  Cedric Minter (1,012) 1979

24.  Lee Marks (968) 2004

25.  Brock Forsey (914) 2000

Career 150-Yard Rushing Games

1.    Cedric Minter (8) 1977-1980

1.    Brock Forsey (8) 1999-2002

3.    Jay Ajayi (8) 2012-2014

4.    Ian Johnson (5) 2005-2008

5.    Doug Martin (4) 2010-2011

6.    Jeremy McNichols (3) 2014-current

6.    Rodney Webster (3) 1980-1983

6.    Chris Jackson (3) 1986-1987

6.    Chris Thomas (3) 1987-1991

10.  Jon Francis (2) 1984-1985

10.  K.C. Adams (2) 1994

10.  Eron Hurley (2) 1995-1999

10.  Jeremy Avery (2) 2007-2010

10.  D.J. Harper (2) 2007-2012

15.  John Smith (1) 1972-1975

15.  Terry Zahner (1) 1977-1980

15.  Willie Bowens (1) 1993-1994

15.  David Mikell (1) 2000-2003)

Rushing Touchdowns, Season

1.    Jay Ajayi (28) 2014

2.    Brock Forsey (26) 2002

3.    Ian Johnson (25) 2006

4.    Jay Ajayi (18) 2013

4.    Jeremy McNichols (18) 2015

6.    Ian Johnson (16) 2007

6.    Chris Jackson (16) 1987

6.    Doug Martin (16) 2011

9.    D.J. Harper (15) 2012

9.    Doug Martin (15) 2009

Single-Season Receptions By a Running Back 
1.    Del Graven (54) 1993

2.    Jay Ajayi (50) 2014

3.    Jeremy McNichols (46) 2015

4.    John Smith (45) 1975

5.    Brock Forsey (36) 2002

6.    Brock Forsey (35) 2001

7.    Fred Goode (34) 1976

8.    Jon Francis (33) 1984

9.    David Tingstad (32) 1991

10.  Jeff Carpenter (30) 2005

10.  David Hughes (30) 1979

Career Receiving Yards By a Running Back 

1.    Brock Forsey (1,050) 1999-2002

2.    Jeremy Avery (790) 2007-2010

3.    Jay Ajayi (771) 2012-2014

4.    Doug Martin (715) 2008-2010

5.    David Tingstad (753) 1989-1992

6.    John Smith (673) 1972-1975

7.    David Hughes (531) 1977-1979 (+ 1980 yards)

8.    Jeremy McNichols (519) 2014-current

9.    Jeff Carpenter (491) 2003-2005

10.  K.C. Adams (490) 1994

11.  Dave Nicely (448) 1971-1974

12.  D.J. Harper (396) 2007-2012

13.  Chris Jackson (388) 1986-1987

14.  Cedric Minter (373) 1977-1979 (+ 1980 yards)

15.  Fred Goode (336) 1975-1978

16.  Ron Emry (312) 1972-1975

17.  Billy Stephens (306) 1971-1972

18.  Richie Brockel (293)  2006-2009

19.  Eron Hurley (281) 1995-1998

20.  Chris Thomas (271) 1988-1991

Receptions By Sophomore Year 

1.    Matt Miller (128) 2011-2012

2.    Shane Williams-Rhodes (104) 2012-2013

3.    Jeremy Childs (96) 2006-2007

4.    Austin Pettis (95) 2007-2008

5.    Ryan Ikebe (67) 1993-1994

6.    Don Hutt (66) 1971

7.    Jake Roh (64) 2014-current 

7.    Mike Holton (64) 1972, 1974

9.    Lou Fanucchi (63) 1999-2000

10.  Jay Swillie (58) 1999-2000

11.  Thomas Sperbeck (55) 2013-2014

12.  Titus Young (54) 2007-2008

13.  Jeb Putzier (49) 1998-1999  

14.  Kyle Efaw (47) 2008-2009

15.  Drisan James (45) 2003-2004

16.  Mike Wilson (41) 1990-1992

16.  Kirby Moore (41) 2009, 2011

17.  Terry Hutt (37) 1973-1974

19.  Eric Andrade (36) 1983-1984

20.  Kipp Bedard (35) 1979

Passing Yards, Season

1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (4,356) 2003

2.    Kellen Moore (3,845) 2010

3.    Kellen Moore (3,734) 2011

4.    Grant Hedrick (3,696) 2014

5.    Kellen Moore (3,536) 2009

6.    Kellen Moore (3,486) 2008

7.    Bart Hendricks (3,364) 2000

8.    Taylor Tharp (3,340) 2007

9.    Ryan Dinwiddie (3,043) 2001

10.  Brett Rypien (2,973) 2015-current

11.  Jared Zabransky (2,927) 2004

12.  Jim McMillan (2,900) 1974

13.  Jared Zabransky (2,887) 2006

14.  Tony Hilde (2,787) 1994

15.  Bart Hendricks (2,746) 1999

16.  Joe Southwick (2,730) 2012

17.  Jared Zabransky (2,562) 2005

18.  Vince Alcalde (2,523) 1987

19.  Tony Hilde (2,473) 1996

20.  Tony Hilde (2,386) 1995


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