Rypien Leads 49-21 Rout Of New Mexico
Oct. 08, 2016
The Broncos (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West) scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions. New Mexico (2-3, 1-1) scored on its second possession, and didn't reach the end zone again until the midway through the fourth quarter.
Rypien was 21 of 28 for 391 yards, and Wilson had nine catches for 167 yards. Thomas Sperbeck, who had 20 catches for 281 yards last season against New Mexico, added nine receptions for 198 yards and two scores.
''They play a lot of man,'' Sperbeck said in explaining his success against New Mexico. ''A lot of it is a man-on-man matchup and once you get past that one man, there's a lot of open field, so there's a lot of run after catch opportunities.''
Lobos quarterback Lamar Jordan became the first opponent to rush for 100 yards against Boise State, finishing with 139 yards. But he only completed four passes for 39 yards.
After Boise State went three-and-out on its first possession, the Broncos benefited from several New Mexico miscues on its first touchdown drive. Two facemask penalties kept the drive alive, and defensive back Daniel Henry dropped an interception. Two plays later, Rypien hit Wilson for the score.
''I think the disappointment was, early on we stopped them on the first series and we had two face mask penalties on the second drive and they end up going down there and scoring,'' New Mexico coach Bob Davie said.
Tyrone Owens got New Mexico even, busting up the wide-open middle on a read option and going 62 yards untouched.
Thereafter, it was all Rypien, Wilson and Sperbeck as they consistently exploited a secondary that was frequently left exposed by blitzes that never reached Rypien and a commitment to shut down the run.
''All week in film we saw a lot of man coverage with no safety help so we practiced it all week and executed it (Friday),'' Wilson said. ''They were trying to stop Jeremy (McNichols) a lot so they let us a lot in one-on-one outside. And I get kind of happy.''
Although Boise State downplayed that last year's loss to the Lobos was any kind of motivation, the Broncos certainly played like they meant to put New Mexico in its place.
''A lot of guys didn't really like how the Lobos celebrated last year so I think it was kind of a chip on our shoulder for last year,'' Wilson said. ''We played pretty hard.''
This was the first game this season that New Mexico did not have a double-digit lead at some point in the game.
The Lobos came into the game having allowed nine scoring plays of 40 or more yards and Boise State added two more.
''It was what I was most afraid of, that we couldn't cover them,'' Davie said. ''That was the concern going in.''
Boise State: Hosts Colorado State on Oct. 15. The Broncos have readily handled the Rams in all five meetings since joining the conference. The closest game was 42-30 in 2013. Coming up, Boise State faces BYU at home Oct. 20 in a nationally televised game that could be the Broncos' best chance to make a lasting impression against a name opponent - at least until the regular-season finale Nov. 25 against Air Force.
New Mexico: The Lobos travel to Dallas to face Air Force in the Cotton Bowl. For New Mexico, a loss to the Falcons would effectively end its chances at winning the Mountain Division.
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