Boise State 56, Virginia 14
Boise State badgered Virginia quarterbacks into four interceptions and the Cavaliers into five turnovers overall as the Broncos improved to 3-1 for the second year in a row. This was the first meeting between these two programs.
Player of the game
Boise State true freshman quarterback Brett Rypien had his coming out party, completing 24-of-35 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to Friday’s game, Rypien had attempted just nine career passes for 126 yards and had never scored a collegiate touchdown.
- Boise State stymied the Virginia ground game, holding the Cavaliers to 33 carries for just 40 yards (1.2 average).
- Broncos junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck had a huge game with five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns -- his first 100-yard game since last year’s Fiesta Bowl.
- Boise State has won 12 of its last 13 games dating back to last season.
- The Broncos returned two of their four interceptions for touchdowns, and also had a safety midway through the second quarter as their defense alone (16 points) outscored Virginia.
- Cavaliers senior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe made his first reception of the season count, taking it 75 yards for Virginia’s first touchdown of the game.
- Boise State didn’t play a perfect game despite scoring 56 points, as it was just 3-of-14 on third down and averaged just 2.9 yards per rush.
After a strong defensive stand by Virginia on the previous drive, Cavaliers quarterback Matt Johns threw his third interception of the night, which was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Boise State senior cornerback Mercy Maston. That made the score 46-14 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter, and marked Boise State’s second defensive touchdown of the game.
- Boise State vs. Hawaii (10/3)
- Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (10/10)