Sunday, November 13, 2016

Boise State Handles Hawai'i 52-16

HONOLULU--#23 Boise State played its most complete game of the season in defeating Hawai'i 52-16 last night.  The Broncos scored on six of their first possessions.

''Overall, just the way that the coaches and the players prepared themselves for Hawaii, I was very excited about that, and I think that's got to carry over into these next two games that we play because it's all about the process for us,'' Bronco coach Bryan Harsin said.

Boise State, still stinging from a heartbreaking loss to Wyoming two weeks ago, took control from the outset, opening up a 14-0 lead as quarterback Brett Rypien connected with Thomas Sperbeck on a 35-yard scoring strike and Jeremy McNichols burst to the outside on a 36-yard TD run.  
Sperbeck, who had five catches for 114 yards, broke the school record with his 14th career game of 100 or more receiving yards.

McNichols has scored in 22 straight games, tying Montee Ball of Wisconsin for the longest streak in FBS over the last 10 years.

Boise State (9-1 and 5-1 in Mountain West Conference play) extended that lead to 28-0 as Rypien spotted tight end Alec Dhaenens in the end zone from six yards out and McNichols scored again on a five-yard run.

Rypien also ran in for a four-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 35-3 lead at the break and added touchdown passes of 35 yards to Cedric Wilson and 44 yards to Sperbeck in the second half. 

Jeremy McNichols, the nation's leading scorer, ran for 153 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. McNichols posted his seventh career game over 150 rushing yards, just shy of the all-time school record held by Cedric Minter (1977-80), Brock Forsey (1999-2002) and current NFL standout Jay Ajayi (2012-14).

McNichols passed D.J. Harper (2006-12) for ninth in career rushing at Boise State (see charts at the conclusion of this article) and is 67 yards behind Jeremy Avery (2007-10). McNichols moved from 11th to 6th on the single-season rushing list at Boise State, eclipsing the 1,369 yards he totaled last year.  McNichols is 56 yards behind Ajayi for fifth.

McNichols has now rushed for 39 career touchdowns to pass Minter for fifth and tied Ajayi's 2013 season with his 18th rushing TD this year for fifth place.   McNichols has already exceeded last year's 240 carries and is ninth for the most carries in a season with 242.

McNichols, who also had three catches for 29 yards, is just seven shy of the school record for most receiving yards by a Bronco running back held by Brock Forsey (1999-2002).  McNichols moved into ninth for the most all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and return yardage) in a season.

Rypien threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos piled up a season-high 603 yards of total offense, 403 before the half. Rypien, who completed 16-of-21 passes last week in a win over San Jose State, was accurate on 18-of-22 passes tonight.

Rypien passed Grant Hedrick (2011-14) for seventh on Boise State's career touchdown passes list and he passed former Bronco legend Jim McMillan (1971-74) for seventh in career total offense with 6,175 yards.

''I think we're clicking a lot better than we have all year and you want to be playing your best football coming into the end of the year and I think we're doing that,'' said Rypien, who completed 18 of his 22 pass attempts before taking a seat for the final quarter.

Rypien, with 2,916 passing yards this season, is 127 yards shy of Ryan Dinwiddie (3,043 yards in 2001) for the 10th-best total in Bronco history. Rypien threw for 3,353 yards last season after giving up his redshirt to fill in for injured starter Ryan Finley in the third game against Idaho State. 

Wilson had game highs of seven receptions and 141 yards and Sperbeck, the school's all-time leader in receiving yardage, added five grabs for 114 yards.  Sperbeck is now ninth in career receiving touchdowns with 20.

The Boise State defense, which came into the game managing only four takeaways all season, were buoyed by an interception by Chanceller James and a fumble recovery by Durrant Miles.  Boise State allowed just three Hawai'i first downs in the opening half.
Paul Harris ran for 145 yards and Rigoberto Sanchez made field goals of 24, 32 and 35 yards for the Rainbow Warriors (4-7, 3-4).

Boise State faces another tough game in their final home game next Friday against UNLV.  The Rebels prevailed in a wild 69-66 three-overtime win over Mountain Division leader Wyoming.

Hawai'i travels to Fresno State next Saturday.

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Career 100+ Yards Receiving Games:
1.    Thomas Sperbeck (14) 2013-current
2.    Ryan Ikebe (13) 1993-1996
2.    Mike Holton (11) 1974/1974-1976
2.    Don Hutt (11) 1970-1973
5.    Titus Young (10) 2007-2010
6.    Tyler Shoemaker (8) 2008-2011
6.    Austin Pettis (8) 2007-2010
6.    Lou Fanucchi (8) 1999-2002
6.    Mike Wilson (8) 1990-1993
6.    Terry Hutt (8) 1973-1974/1976-1977



Career 150-Yard Rushing Games:
1.    Cedric Minter (8) 1977-1980
1.    Brock Forsey (8) 1999-2002
1.    Jay Ajayi (8) 2012-2014
4.    Jeremy McNichols (7) 2014-current
5.    Ian Johnson (5) 2005-2008



Career Rushing Touchdowns:
1.    Ian Johnson (58) 2005-2008
2.    Brock Forsey (50) 1999-2002
2.    Jay Ajayi (50) 2012-2014
4.    Doug Martin (43) 2008-2011
5.    D.J. Harper (39) 2007-2012
5.    Jeremy McNichols (39) 2014-current
7.    Cedric Minter (37) 1977-1980
8.    David Mikell (32) 2000-2003
8.    Chris Thomas (32) 1988-1991
10.  Jared Zabransky (31) 2003-2006
11.  Jeremy Avery (29) 2007-2010
12.  Terry Zahner (21) 1977-1980
13.  Bart Hendricks (20) 1997-2000
13.  Rodney Webster (20) 1980-1983

15.  Abe Brown (19) 1968-1969

Rushing Touchdowns, Season:
1.    Jay Ajayi (28) 2014
2.    Brock Forsey (26) 2002
3.    Ian Johnson (25) 2006
4.    Jeremy McNichols (20) 2015
5.    Jay Ajayi (18) 2013
5.   Jeremy McNichols (18) 2016

7.    Ian Johnson (16) 2007
7.    Chris Jackson (16) 1987
7.    Doug Martin (16) 2011
10.  D.J. Harper (15) 2012
10.  Doug Martin (15) 2009
12.  Jon Helmandollar (14) 2004
13.  Ian Johnson (13) 2008
13.  Jared Zabransky (13) 2004
13.  David Mikell (13) 2003
13.  Brock Forsey (13) 2001


Rushing Yards, Season:
1.    Jay Ajayi (1,823) 2014
2.    Ian Johnson (1,713) 2006
3.    Brock Forsey (1,611) 2002
4.    Cedric Minter (1,526) 1978
5.    Jay Ajayi (1,425) 2013
6.    Jeremy McNichols (1,369) 2016
7.    Jeremy McNichols (1,337) 2015
8.    Doug Martin (1,299) 2011
9.    K.C. Adams (1,275) 1994
10.  Chris Jackson (1,273) 1987
11.  Doug Martin (1,260) 2010
12.  Brock Forsey (1,207) 2001
13.  Jeremy Avery (1,151) 2009
14.  Doug Martin (1,148) 2011
15.  Jon Francis (1,147) 1985
16.  David Mikell (1,142) 2003
16.  Eron Hurley (1,142) 1998
18.  Rodney Webster (1,139) 1981
19.  D.J. Harper (1,137) 2012
20.  Cedric Minter (1,060) 1980
21.  Ian Johnson (1,041) 2007
22.  Rodney Webster (1,037) 1983
23.  Jon Francis (1,025) 1984
24.  Cedric Minter (1,012) 1979



Career Rushing Yards:
1.    Cedric Minter (4,475) 1977-1980
2.    Ian Johnson (4,183) 2005-2008
3.    Brock Forsey (4,045) 1999-2002
4.    Jay Ajayi (3,796) 2012-2014
5.    Chris Thomas (3,437) 1987-1991
6.    Doug Martin (3,431) 2008-2011
7.    Rodney Webster (3,034) 1980-1983
8.    Jeremy Avery (2,932) 2007-2010
9.    Jeremy McNichols (2,865) 2014-current
10.  D.J. Harper (2,779) 2007-2012
11.  David Mikell (2,268) 2000-2003
12.  Jon Francis (2,172) 1984-1985
13.  Terry Zahner (2,052) 1977-1980
14.  Lee Marks (1,889) 2002-2005

15.  David Hughes (1,826) 1977-1980


Rushing Attempts, Season:
1.    Jay Ajayi (347) 2014
2.    Brock Forsey (295) 2002
3.    Ian Johnson (277) 2006
4.    Doug Martin (263) 2011
5.    Cedric Minter (258) 1978
6.    Rodney Webster (250) 1981
7.    Jay Ajayi (249) 2013
8.    Brock Forsey (246) 2001
9.    David Mikell (242) 2003
9.    Jeremy McNichols (242) 2016
11.  Jeremy McNichols (240) 2015 
12.  K.C. Adams (238) 1994
13.  Chris Thomas (231) 1990
14.  D.J. Harper (228) 2012
15.  Rodney Webster (227) 1993


Career Receiving Yards By a Running Back:
1.    Brock Forsey (1,050) 1999-2002
2.    Jeremy McNichols (1,043) 2014-current
3.    Jeremy Avery (790) 2007-2010
4.    Jay Ajayi (771) 2012-2014

5.    Doug Martin (715) 2008-2010


All-Purpose Yards, Season:
1.    Jay Ajayi (2,199) 2014
2.    Brock Forsey (2,127) 2002
3.    Titus Young (2,012) 2009
4.    K.C. Adams (1,981) 1994
5.    Brock Forsey (1,939) 2001
6.    Titus Young (1,916) 2010
7.    Doug Martin (1,892) 2011
8.    Jeremy McNichols (1,886) 2015
9.    Jeremy McNichols (1,849) 2016

10.  Brock Forsey (1,830) 2000


Career Touchdown Passes:
1.    Kellen Moore (142) 2008-2011
2.    Ryan Dinwiddie (82) 2000-2003
3.    Bart Hendricks (78) 1997-2000
4.    Tony Hilde (70) 1993-1996
5.    Jim McMillan (58) 1971-1974
5.    Jared Zabransky (58) 2003-2006
7.    Brett Rypien (42) 2015-current 
8.    Grant Hedrick (39) 2011-2014
9.    Hazsen Choates (36) 1983-1986
10   Ron Autele (34) 1970/1972-73
11.  Eric Guthrie (33) 1968-1971
11.  Joe Southwick (33) 2010-2013
13.  Joe Aliotti (32) 1979-80
14.  Mike Virden (31) 1989-90
15.  Gerald DesPres (23) 1981-1984


Passing Yards, Season
1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (4,356) 2003
2.    Kellen Moore (3,845) 2010
3.    Kellen Moore (3,734) 2011
4.    Grant Hedrick (3,696) 2014
5.    Kellen Moore (3,536) 2009
6.    Kellen Moore (3,486) 2008
7.    Bart Hendricks (3,364) 2000
8.    Brett Rypien (3,353) 2015
9.    Taylor Tharp (3,340) 2007
10.  Ryan Dinwiddie (3,043) 2001
11.  Jared Zabransky (2,927) 2004
12.  Brett Rypien (2,916) 2016
13.  Jim McMillan (2,900) 1974
14.  Jared Zabransky (2,887) 2006
15.  Tony Hilde (2,787) 1994



Career Total Offense:
1.   Kellen Moore (14,534) 2008-2011
2.   Tony Hilde (10,138) 1993-96
3.   Bart Hendricks (10,039) 1997-00
4.   Ryan Dinwiddie (9,984) 2000-03
5.   Jared Zabransky (9,119) 2003-06
6.   Grant Hedrick (6,647) 2011-2014
7.   Brett Rypien (6,175) 2015-current
8.   Jim McMillan (6,115) 1971-74
9.   Hazsen Choates (5,225) 1983-86
10. Joe Southwick (4,927) 2010-2013
11. Cedric Minter (4,508) 1977-1980
12. Mike Virden (4,471) 1989-90
13. Eric Guthrie (4,431) 1968-71
14. Ian Johnson (4,183) 2005-2008
15. Brock Forsey (4,070) 1999-2002
16. Joe Aliotti (4,056) 1979-1980
17.  Jay Ajayi (3,812) 2012-2014
18. Taylor Tharp (3,756) 2004-07
19.  Chris Thomas (3,448) 1987-1991

20.  Doug Martin (3,431) 2008-2011




Career Receiving Touchdowns
1.    Austin Pettis (39) 2007-2010
2.    Don Hutt (30) 1970-1973
3.    Matt Miller (29) 2011-2014
4.    Ryan Ikebe (27) 1993-1996
5.    Tyler Shoemaker (25) 2008-2011
5.    Titus Young (25) 2007-2010
7.    John Smith (24) 1972-1975
8.    Mike Holton (21) 1972/1974-1976
9.    Rodney Smith (20) 1997-1998
9.    Thomas Sperbeck (20) 2013-current
11.  Jay Swillie (19) 1999-2002
11.  Jeb Putzier (19) 1998-2001
11.  Eric Andrade (19) 1983-1984/1986-1987
14.  Brock Forsey (18) 1999-2002
14.  Jay Swillie (18) 1999-2002
16. Jeremy Childs (17) 2006-2008
16.  Lou Fanucchi (17) 1999-2002
16.  Jeb Putzier (17) 1998-2001
19.  T.J. Acree (15) 2001-2004

19.  Lou Fanucchi (15) 1999-2002
19.  Al Marshall (15) 1969-1972

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