Boise State defeated Nevada Saturday night 41-14. This win, along with Colorado State losing to Wyoming Saturday nights, put Boise State in prime position to win the Mountain division of the Mountain West. If Boise State wins any two of their next three games, they will clinch a spot in the championship game.
Junior quarterback Brett Rypien had one of his best games of the season. He completed 20 of his 27 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think the biggest thing for me is we’ve done a better job of just committing to the pass game,” Rypien said. “We’re doing a better job of the run game as well, which is opening up some passing opportunities.”
The run game was also effective against Nevada. The team combined for 140 rushing yards, and three touchdowns. This running attack opened up the playbook. Boise State ran multiple trick plays, including passing to both Rypien and redshirt senior quarterback Montell Cozart.
“I think a lot, were spreading the ball around, a ton of different guys had catches tonight including Montell and I. We’re having a good time out there,” Rypien said.
The Broncos had 11 different players with catches throughout the game.
The improvement Rypien has made is noticeable to his teammates. In the beginning of the season, large parts of the fan base were asking for Rypien to get benched.
“He started out struggling the season, he’s really been picking it up, and firing on all cylinders,” said sophomore cornerback Deandre Pierce.
Rypien seems to be improving as he gets more comfortable. Rypien didn’t throw a touchdown until the fifth game of the season, but also has not thrown an interception since that game either.
“He’s looked really comfortable, and I think that’s a big thing for a quarterback,” said redshirt senior tight end Jake Roh. “Go out there and play loose, really just sling the rock around I think he’s done a great job of that.”
Head Coach Bryan Harsin has also noticed Rypien’s improvement.
“As a player, and a quarterback specifically, you start to get into a little of a rhythm.” Harsin said. “He did the last game, he did this game. He’s really taken to heart about getting better every single week. That’s a credit to Brett. He’s seeing things on the field.”
Despite being in great position to win the Mountain West, Harsin is making sure his players stay focused on one game at a time.
“We’ve been here before, as you go through this you learn a little bit,” Harsin said. “Over the season over the years; We control nothing other than what we do this week.”