Boise State Has A Field Day on Virginia

By EFN Staff
Published: 09/28/2015

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.

Key stats

  • 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.

Key play

  • 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 sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols left the game midway through the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and did not return. He had 126 total yards and two touchdowns before departing.

Up Next

  • Boise State vs. Hawaii (10/3)
  • Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (10/10)