Boise State Beats Broncos In Spring Game
April 11, 2015

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    BOISE, Idaho - Team Boise State held off a second-half run from Team Broncos to emerge with the 17-14 victory in front of 10,072 fans at the 2015 Blue & Orange Spring Game Saturday at Albertsons Stadium.

    The roster itself was not split into two separate teams for the contest. Instead the first and second units on each side would mix and match against one another. When the offense drove towards the end zone marked "Boise State" it was for Team Boise State, and when driving towards the "Broncos" end zone any points were for Team Broncos.

    Standing out for the Broncos Saturday were redshirt running back Cory Young, who ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in addition to catching four balls for 16 yards and redshirt freshman wide receiver A.J. Richardson, who hauled in seven passes for 52 yards.

    All five Bronco quarterbacks saw action, led by redshirt sophomore Ryan Finley, who finished 13-of-25 for 196 yards. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Stuart went 8-for-12 for 70 yards, while redshirt freshman Alex Ogle was 6-for-11 for 81 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Pope, freshman Brett Rypien was 9-for-14 for 48 yards and redshirt freshman Anthony Upshaw was 1-for-2 for nine yards in his only series.

    Richardson led 12 Bronco receivers with his seven catches, while tight end Jake Roh topped all receivers with 88 yards on his four catches. Shane Williams-Rhodes caught six passes for 48 yards, Thomas Sperbeck had 43 yards on four catches, and Taylor Pope (one catch, 43 yards, touchdown) and Chaz Anderson (one catch, 46 yards) wowed the crowd with long receptions.

    The elements played into the defense's favor Saturday, as the rain caused some issues for the offense, leading to the Bronco defense forcing a number of fumbles. The defense also blocked a 47-yard field-goal attempt by Tyler Rausa early in the first quarter.

    Prior to the exhibition, Boise State honored former All-America quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore, the winningest quarterback in college football history with a record of 50-3 (.943), received a large ovation from the Albertsons Stadium crowd and was presented with a framed No. 11 jersey from Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin.

    Boise State football also recognized some of its alumni at midfield, including recent members Jay Ajayi, Grant Hedrick and Bryan Douglas, as well as NFL players Jeron Johnson (Washington), Charles Leno, Jr. (Chicago Bears), Orlando Scandrick (Dallas Cowboys) and Jamar Taylor (Miami Dolphins) and CFL standouts Winston Venable (Montreal Alouettes) and Mike Atkinson (Hamilton Tiger-Cats).

    Following the game, recording artist and American Idol Season Six winner Jordin Sparks performed a concert on The Blue for fans.


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