The Broncos traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado, Nov. 11, to play the Colorado State Rams. Boise State pulled off a huge 25 point comeback to beat CSU 59-52 in overtime. Boise State improved to 6-0 in Mountain West play and 8-2 overall.
Boise State’s offense continues to dominate. Quarterback Brett Rypien threw four touchdowns for 331 yards. Running back Alexander Mattison rushed for a career-high 23 carries for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mattison was the spark this team needed, his second play after the half was a 70-yard touchdown run.
“(Mattison is) unbelievable, his ability to come back every week,” Brett Rypien said in a postgame press conference. “Everyone’s banged up and he’s still running hard with his head down, running guys over. It’s a testament to his character and toughness, and we’re glad to have him.”
Boise State was down 14 points with about three minutes to go in the game, and a win almost felt highly unlikely. After a quick touchdown, kicker Joel Velazquez booted a perfect onside kick that allowed wide receiver Cedrick Wilson to recover the ball. The Broncos were able to score a second time before the clock expired.
“We’re full of resilience and we know as long as we trust in the process, we practice hard and it shows up in the game,” said running back Alexander Mattison. “We’ve been in overtime before, so we knew how to handle the situation. We weren’t going to let it go further than that one overtime and we battled back and it showed what we practiced.”
All season the Broncos’ defense has been making huge plays. The first half of this game, the defense seemed to be plagued by penalties and mistakes, allowing CSU to score 35 points. The biggest penalty came when cornerback Kekoa Nawahine had a pick six that was taken back when defensive end Jabril Frazer was called for roughing the passer. The call led to a 1-yard rushing touchdown from CSU’s running back Rashaad Boddie on 4th and goal.
Boise State’s defense came out the second half playing better football. Cornerback Avery Williams intercepted the Rams quarterback Nick Stevens on his second pass of the half. CSU was still able to score three more times.
With a game centered on offense, and not too much defensive action from either side, it seems rather fitting for Boise to win the game on defense. Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch forced Boddie to fumble. Cornerback Tyler Horton recovered the ball to win in overtime.
“We knew going into the half that our second half needed to be almost perfect,” Williams said. “Me and (Horton) were kind of giving up a lot of yards, I thought it was great how we were able to fight back, (Horton) coming up with the big turnover to end it. We’re just happy we got the win.”
The Broncos are back on the Blue next Saturday to play Air Force. With a win against Air Force, Boise State could clinch the conference’s Mountain Division title.