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Boise State Broncos Soar To 49-21 Win Over the New Mexico Lobos

The Boise State offense got untracked for seven consecutive touchdowns as the Broncos cruised...

ALBUQUERQUE, NM.--Brett Rypien threw five touchdown passes, three to Cedrick Wilson and two to Thomas Sperbeck, as the aerial game of Boise State overwhelmed the triple option of New Mexico 49-21 last night.

With the win, Boise State tied Oklahoma (1971-1991) and BYU (1976-1996) for the 11th-best record in college football history over a 21-year period (see charts at conclusion of article.)  Boise State has a minimum of seven more games this season.


In avenging a loss to the Lobos last season, the Broncos (5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference) are off to their best start since 2011. Boise State jumped out to 10-0 or better starts four times from 2006-2010, and was 8-0 in 2011 before a loss to TCU.  New Mexico dipped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference.

Sperbeck, who hurt New Mexico last season with school records of 20 receptions for 281 yards, came back for 198 more tonight on nine catches.  It was also Sperbeck’s 12th-career game with at least 100 receiving yards, putting him one back of Boise State all-time leader Ryan Ikebe (1993-96).

 

Sperbeck is now third all-time in career receiving yards with 2,958 and sixth in career receptions at Boise State with 171.  With 106 more yards, Sperbeck will eclipse Titus Young (2007-10) for the school record.  Sperbeck now owns three of the top 15 receiving games in school history, all with 198 yards or better, and extended his school record with his seventh career game over 150.

Teammate Wilson also had nine receptions for 167 yards. The 365 combined receiving yards for the 1-2 punch of Sperbeck and Wilson is the most by two Bronco receivers in the same game, breaking the mark of 357 set by Tim Gilligan and Lawrence Bady against Louisiana Tech in 2003.  Wilson's three TD catches were one shy of the school mark set by Austin Pettis against Idaho in 2009.

The potent duo broke that mark with Wilson's 19-yard reception early in the second half, and were easily on pace to become the first Bronco duo to each record 200 or more receiving yards in the same game when their replacements came on.
Sperbeck and Wilson's performance marked the third time in school history that two receivers each surpassed the 150-yard mark, the previous two occasions being October 13, 2001 vs. Tulsa (Jeb Putzier--164 and Jay Swillie 156) and October 10, 2003 vs. SMU (Lawrence Bady--173 and Jerry Smith 151).

After going three-and-out on their opening possession, Boise State scored on its next seven to put the slow, methodical offense of New Mexico on its heels. The Lobos were able to score two touchdowns late in the game against Bronco reserves. 

Wilson scored the game's first touchdown when he freed himself in the corner of the end zone to snare a seven-yard pass from Rypien.  New Mexico came back to tie the score when Tyrone Owens burst through the Bronco line for a 62-yard run after over-pursuit by the Boise State linebackers.
 
After that, it was all Broncos.  Wilson got behind the Lobo secondary for a 53-yard scoring reception from Rypien.  Running back Jeremy McNichols powered in for a nine-yard score.  Rypien and Sperbeck hooked up for a 54-yard TD to cap a season-long 94-yard scoring drive and give the Broncos a 28-7 lead.  Wilson outdueled a Lobo defender to haul in an eight-yard pass and Sperbeck was on the receiving end of a 35-yard TD strike from Rypien as the Broncos raced out to a 42-7 halftime lead.
 
Midway through the third quarter, McNichols scored again from three yards for Boise State's final touchdown.  New Mexico scored with 7:55 remaining when reserve quarterback JaJuan Lawson ran it in from six yards out and again with 20 seconds left when starting quarterback Lamar Jordan found Anu Somoye for a 12-yard TD strike.

The key to the Broncos' offensive prowess was the Bronco defense, which, even though it continues to struggle at times against the option, stiffened in the red zone to allow just one Lobo score until the game was out of reach. This is the first Lobo game that New Mexico did not have a double-digit lead at some point.

Still, New Mexico rang up 382 rushing yards, the first time the Boise State defense has allowed an opponent over 100. Jordan ran for 139, but completed just four passes in 15 attempts for 39 yards.  

New Mexico played without leading rusher Teryion Gipson, the victim of a hamstring injury suffered last week against San Jose State. Cornerback Isaiah Brown suffered a foot injury early in the game and was replaced by true freshman Elijah Lilly.
 
Owens ran seven times for 82 yards, 62 of that total on his touchdown jaunt, while Lawson picked up 62 yards on 11 carries.
McNichols' two rushing touchdowns gave him 29 for his career to tie Jeremy Avery (2007-10) for 10th all-time at Boise State.
With 2,054 career rushing yards, McNichols passed former Bronco great Terry Zahner (1977-80) for 12th in school history.  McNichols struggled to gain 54 yards on 21 carries against a Lobo defense that took away the run.  But it cost them dearly through the air.

After a slow start, Rypien finished 21-of-28 passing for 391 yards to pass Hazsen Choates (4,524 career passing yards from 1983-86 for ninth place all-time at Boise State).  Rypien, with 4,768, is 16 yards behind Joe Southwick (2010-13) for eighth.  Rypien's 391 passing yards are the 16th-most in school history, giving him three of the Top 20 marks.  Rypien passed for 503 yards last year in the loss to New Mexico, fourth-best at Boise State.
Rypien's five scoring tosses were one shy of the school record held by Jim McMillan, who set the mark of six in a 1970 game vs. Montana.  With his seventh game in surpassing 300 passing yards, Rypien tied McMillan and Grant Hedrick (2011-14) for fourth all-time, and Rypien passed McMillan for seventh with his 14th game of 200 or more passing yards. 
Rypien also moved from 14th to 10th on the career Boise State total offense list and has now amassed 4,688 career yards.

Boise State hosts Colorado State for Homecoming next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. New Mexico plays Air Force in Dallas next week.
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Most Wins In 21-Year Period:

(no overlap)

 
*Modern Record in Bold 


1.    Yale 236-11-9 (1886-1906)
2.    Pennsylvania 233-43-4 (1887-1907)
3.    Nebraska 222-38-1 (1981-2001)

4.    Harvard 213-28-5 (1886-1906)

5.    Miami of Florida 212-42-0 (1983-2003)
5.    Florida State 212-46-2 (1985-2005)

7.    Florida 210-57-1 (1990-2010)

8.    Ohio State 207-50-0 (1995-2015)

9.    Princeton 204-19-7 (1884-1904)

9.    Alabama 204-35-4 (1961-1981)

11.  Oklahoma 203-41-4 (1971-1991)

11.  BYU 203-62-2 (1976-1996)

11.  Boise State 203-57-0 (1996-2016*)

14.  Penn State 202-43-2 (1967-1987)

15.  Nebraska 200-43-4 (1963-1983)

15.  Virginia Tech 200-69-0 (1993-2013)

17.  Michigan 196-49-5 (1971-1991)

17.  Tennessee 196-62-3 (1987-2007)

17.  Oklahoma 196-73-1 (1995-2015)

20.  Oregon 195-70-0 (1994-2014)

21.  Texas 194-73-1 (1994-2014)

22.  LSU 193-72-1 (1995-2015)

23.  Georgia 192-76-0 (1995-2015)

24.  Wisconsin 187-82-2 (1995-2015)

25.  USC 186-43-9 (1962-1982)

26.  Ohio State 185-49-4 (1967-1987)

26.  Texas 185-50-3 (1963-1983)

28.  Penn State 182-75-1 (1989-2009)

29.  Notre Dame 181-63-3 (1973-1993)

30.  Washington 180-65-3 (1977-1997)

31.  TCU 179-79 (1995-2015)

31.  Auburn 179-81-1 (1993-2013)

33.  Arizona State 178-42-2 (1955-1975)

34.  Kansas State 177-84-1 (1993-2013)

35.  Texas A&M 176-74-3 (1981-2001)

36.  USC 175-74-2 (1994-2014)

37.  Clemson 174-66-6 (1977-1997)

38.  Arkansas 173-65-7 (1968-1988)

39.  Georgia 172-70-6 (1971-1991)

40.  Oklahoma 171-42-5 (1943-1963)

40.  Utah 171-83-0 (1991-2011)

Career Receptions:

1.    Titus Young (3,063) 2007-2010

2.    Matt Miller (3,049) 2011-2014

3.    Thomas Sperbeck (2,958) 2013-current
4.    Austin Pettis (2,838) 2007-2010

5.    Ryan Ikebe (2,751) 1993-1996

6.    Don Hutt (2,728) 1970-1973

7.    Lou Fanucchi (2,554) 1999-2002

8.    Terry Hutt (2,354) 1973-1974/1976-1977

8.    Mike Holton (2,354) 1972/1974-1976

10.  Mike Wilson (2,300) 1990-1993

11.  Jay Swillie (2,161) 1999-2002

12.  Eric Andrade (2,097) 1983-1984/1986-1987

13.  Jeb Putzier (2,050) 1998-2001

14.  Tyler Shoemaker (2,031) 2008-2011

15.  Al Marshall (2,007) 1969-1972

16.  Jeremy Childs (1,999) 2006-2008

17.  Kim Metcalf (1,990) 1980-1984

18.  Winky White (1,977) 1987-1990

19.  Kipp Bedard (1,971) 1979-1981

20.  Shane Williams-Rhodes (1,953) 2012-2015

Career Receiving Yards:

1. Matt Miller (234) 2011-2014

2. Shane Williams-Rhodes (232) 2012-2015

3. Austin Pettis (228) 2007-2010

4. Titus Young (204) 2007-2010

5. Don Hutt (189) 1970-1973

6. Thomas Sperbeck (171) 2013-current

7. Jeremy Childs (168) 2006-2008

7. Ryan Ikebe (162) 1993-1996

9. Mike Wilson (159) 1990-1993

10.Jay Swillie (140) 1999-2002

10.Eric Andrade (140) 1983-1984/1986-1987

12. Mike Holton (139) 1972/1974-1976

13.  Terry Hutt (132) 1973-1974/1976-1977

14.  Lou Fanucchi (131) 1999-2002

15.  Jeb Putzier (128) 1998-2001

Career 150+ Yard Receiving Games:

1.   Thomas Sperbeck (7) 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

Career 100+ Yard Receiving Games

1.  Ryan Ikebe (13) 1993-96

2.  Thomas Sperbeck (12) 2013-current

3.  Mike Holton (11) 1972, 1974-76

4.  Don Hutt (10) 1970-73

5.  Titus Young (8) 2007-10

5.  Matt Miller (8) 2011-14

5.  Tyler Shoemaker (8) 2008-11

5.  Austin Pettis (8) 2007-10

5.  Lou Fanucchi (8) 1999-2002

5.  Mike Wilson (8) 1990-93

5.  Terry Hutt (8) 1973-74, 1976-77

Receving Yards, Game:

1.    Thomas Sperbeck (281) vs. New Mexico, 2015

2.    Winky White (264) vs. Nevada, 1990

3.    Tim Gilligan (255) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003

4.    Mike Holton (252) vs. UNLV, 1974  

5.    Don Hutt (227) vs. UC Davis, 1973

6.    Kipp Bedard (212) vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1980

7.    Tim Gilligan (209) vs. BYU, 2004

8.    Matt Miller (206) vs. Oregon State, 2013*

9.    Kipp Bedard (206) vs. Idaho, 1981

10.  Al Marshall (204) vs. Portland State, 1972

11.  Rodney Smith (200) vs. New Mexico State, 1998

       Winky White (200) vs. Montana, 1989

13.  Ryan Ikebe (199) vs. Northwestern State, 1996

13.  Thomas Sperbeck (199) vs. Arizona, 2014

15.  Thomas Sperbeck (198) vs. New Mexico, 2016

16.  Jeb Putzier (191) vs. San Jose State, 2001

17.  Don Hutt (189) vs. Weber State, 1972

18.  Winky White (185) vs. Weber State 1989

19.   Don Hutt (184) vs. Louisiana Tech, 1973

20.  T.J. Acree (181) vs. Tulsa, 2004

Most Receiving Yards by a Duo, Game:

1.    Thomas Sperbeck (198) and Cedrick Wilson (167) vs. New Mexico, 2016

2.    Tim Gilligan (255) and Lawrence Bady (102) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2003

3.    Tim Gilligan (209) and T.J. Acree (132) vs. BYU, 2004

4.    Matt Miller (206) and Kirby Moore (74) vs. Oregon State, 2013

5.    Lawrence Bady (173) and Jerry Smith (151) vs. SMU, 2003

5.    Lou Fanucchi (178) and Billy Wingfield (146) vs. Fresno State, 2002

7.    Jeb Putzier (164) and Jay Swillie (156) vs. Tulsa, 2001

8.    Mike Holton (252) and John Smith (71) vs. UNLV, 1974

8.    Terry Hutt (176) and Lonnie Hughes (147) vs. UNLV, 1977

10.  Rodney Smith (200) and Antwain Wilson (104) vs. New Mexico State, 1998

Career Passing Yards:

  1.  Kellen Moore (14,534) 2008-2011)
  2.  Ryan Dinwiddie (9,819) 2000-2003
  3.  Tony Hilde (9,107) 1993-1996
  4.  Bart Hendricks (9,020) 1997-2000
  5.  Jared Zabransky (8,256) 2003-2006
  6.  Grant Hedrick (5,656) 2011-2014)
  7.  Jim McMillan (5,508) 1971-1974
  8.  Joe Southwick (4,784) 2010-2013
  9.  Brett Rypien (4,768) 2015-current
  10.  Hazsen Choates (4,524) 1983-86
  11.  Mike Virden (4,294) 1989-90
  12.  Eric Guthrie (4,204) 1968-71
  13.  Taylor Tharp (3,699) 2004-2007
  14.  Gerald DesPres (3,579) 1981-84
  15.  Joe Aliotti (3,460) 1979-1980
  16.  Travis Stuart (3,060) 1990-1992
  17.  Vince Alcalde (2,930) 1986-1987 
  18.  Greg Stern (2,865) 1973-1976
  19.  Hoskin Hogan(2,814) 1975/1977-1978
  20.  Ron Autele (2,794) 1970,1972-1973

Career Total Offense:

1.   Kellen Moore (14,534) 2008-2011

2.   Tony Hilde (10,138) 1993-96

3.   Bart Hendricks (10,039) 1997-00

4.   Ryan Dinwiddie (9,984) 2000-03

5.   Jared Zabransky (9,119) 2003-06

6.   Grant Hedrick (6,647) 2011-2014

7.   Jim McMillan (6,115) 1971-74

8.   Hazsen Choates (5,225) 1983-86

9.   Joe Southwick (4,927) 2010-2013

10.  Brett Rypien (4,688) 2015-current

11. Cedric Minter (4,508) 1977-1980

12. Mike Virden (4,471) 1989-90

13. Eric Guthrie (4,431) 1968-71

14. Ian Johnson (4,183) 2005-2008

15. Brock Forsey (4,070) 1999-2002

16. Joe Aliotti (4,056) 1979-1980

17.  Jay Ajayi (3,812) 2012-2014

18. Taylor Tharp (3,756) 2004-07

19.  Chris Thomas (3,448) 1987-1991

20.  Doug Martin (3,431) 2008-2011

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 (503) vs. New Mexico, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16.  Brett Rypien (391) vs. New Mexico, 2016

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

18.  Greg Stern (386) vs. UNLV, 1975

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

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

Touchdown Passes, Game

1.  Jim McMillan (6) vs. Montana, 1974

2.  Brett Rypien (5) vs. New Mexico, 2016

     Kellen Moore (5) vs. UNLV, 2011

     Kellen Moore (5) vs. Nevada, 2009

     Kellen Moore (5) vs. Idaho, 2009

     Kellen Moore (5) vs. Hawai'i, 2009

     Taylor Tharp (5) vs. Louisiana Tech, 2007

     Ryan Dinwiddie (5) vs. San Jose State, 2003

     Ryan Dinwiddie (5) vs. Fresno State, 2002

     B.J. Rhode (5) vs. Utah State, 2002

     Bart Hendricks (5) vs. Idaho, 2000

     Vince Alcalde (5) vs. Eastern Washington, 1987

     Joe Aliotti (5) vs. Cal Poly-SLO, 1979

     Greg Stern (5) vs. Montana, 1975

     Jim McMillan (5) vs. UNLV, 1974

     Eric Guthrie (5) vs. Montana State, 1971

     Grant Hedrick (5) vs. Colorado State, 2013

     Joe Southwick (5) vs. Tennessee-Martin, 2013

300+ Yards Passing Games, Career:

1.    Kellen Moore (16) 2008-2011

2.    Ryan Dinwiddie (14) 2000-2003

3.    Bart Hendricks (10) 1997-2000

4.    Jim McMillan (7) 1971-1974

4.    Grant Hedrick (7) 2011-2014

4.    Brett Rypien (7) 2015-current

7.    Tony Hilde (6) 1993-1996

8.    Joe Southwick (4) 2010-2013

8.    Jared Zabransky (4) 2003-2006

10.  Taylor Tharp (3) 2004-2007

10.  Vince Alcalde (3) 1986-1987

10.  Greg Stern (3) 1973-1976

200+ Yards Passing Games, Career:

1.    Kellen Moore (46) 2008-2011

2.    Bart Hendricks (28) 1997-2000

3.    Tony Hilde (26) 1993-1996

4.    Ryan Dinwiddie (24) 2000-2003

5.    Jared Zabransky (21) 2003-2006

6.    Grant Hedrick (15) 2011-2014

7.    Brett Rypien (14) 2015-2016

8.    Jim McMillan (13) 1971-1974

9.    Joe Southwick (11) 2010-2013

9.    Mike Virden (11) 1989-1990

Rushing Touchdowns, Career:

1.    Ian Johnson (58) 2005-2008

2.    Brock Forsey (50) 1999-2002

2.    Jay Ajayi (50) 2012-2014

4.    Doug Martin (43) 2008-2011

5.    D.J. Harper (39) 2007-2012

6.    Cedric Minter (37) 1977-1980

7.    David Mikell (32) 2000-2003

7.    Chris Thomas (32) 1988-1991

9.    Jared Zabransky (31) 2003-2006

10.  Jeremy Avery (29) 2007-2010

10.  Jeremy McNichols (29) 2014-current

12.  Terry Zahner (21) 1977-1980

13.  Bart Hendricks (20) 1997-2000

13.  Rodney Webster (20) 1980-1983

15.  Abe Brown (19) 1968-1969

15.  Tony Hilde (19) 1993-1996

Rushing Yards, Career

1.    Cedric Minter (4,475) 1977-1980

2.    Ian Johnson (4,183) 2005-2008

3.    Brock Forsey (4,045) 1999-2002

4.    Jay Ajayi (3,796) 2012-2014

5.    Chris Thomas (3,437) 1987-1991

6.    Doug Martin (3,431) 2008-2011

7.    Rodney Webster (3,034) 1980-1983

8.    Jeremy Avery (2,932) 2007-2010

9.    D.J. Harper (2,779) 2007-2012

10.  David Mikell (2,268) 2000-2003

11.  Jon Francis (2,172) 1984-1985

12.  Jeremy McNichols (2,054) 2014-current

13.  Terry Zahner (2,052) 1977-1980

14.  Lee Marks (1,889) 2002-2005

15.  David Hughes (1,826) 1977-1980

Touchdown Receptions, Game

1.    Austin Pettis (4) vs. Idaho, 2009

1.    Rodney Smith (4) vs. New Mexico State, 1998

1.    John Smith (4) vs. Montana, 1974

1.    Don Hutt (4) vs. Montana State, 1971

5.    Cedrick Wilson (3) vs. New Mexico, 2016

5.    Matt Miller (3) vs. Wyoming, 2013

5.    Matt Miller (3) vs. New Mexico, 2013

5.    Tyler Shoemaker (3) vs. San Diego State, 2011

5.    Tyler Shoemaker (3) vs. Toledo, 2011

5.    Titus Young (3) vs. Hawai'i, 2009

5.    Jeremy Childs (3) vs. New Mexico State, 2007

5.    Austin Pettis (3) vs. Idaho, 2007

5.    Billy Wingfield (3) vs. Rice, 2002

5.    Jeb Putzier (3) vs. Tulsa, 2001

5.    Jeb Putzier (3) vs. San Jose State, 2001

5.    Ryan Ikebe (3) vs. New Mexico State, 1996

5.    Ryan Ikebe (3) vs. Idaho, 1994

5.    Eric Andrade (3) vs. Eastern Washington, 1987

5.    Eric Andrade (3) vs. Weber State, 1987

5.    Ricky Hill (3) vs. Weber State, 1987

5.    Mike Holton (3) vs. Idaho, 1974

5.    Mike Holton (3) vs. UC-Davis, 1974

5.    Terry Hutt (3) vs. Montana State, 1974

5.    Don Hutt (3) vs. South Dakota (1973)


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