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Boise State rallies to beat No. 25 Fresno State 17-14

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien struggled so much early in the season, he lost playing time to Kansas graduate transfer Montell Cozart. However, the highly-touted signal caller and nephew of Super Bowl winning quarterback Mark Rypien remained focused on the one thing he wanted more than anything - a championship.

Saturday night, he got what he came for.

Rypien threw for 246 yards and engineered a 90-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter to help Boise State upend No. 25 Fresno State 17-14 to win the Mountain West Conference championship.

''When I came here initially, like everyone, I wanted to win a championship,'' said Rypien, who earned offensive MVP. ''That's the ultimate goal. It's been a long time coming for me.

''The first two years I wasn't able to get it done and that really hurt. But this year was a lot different year. I didn't contribute to the team as much as I had in the past because (Montell and I) were splitting time. But we just won a championship now and I feel better about that.''

Boise State (10-3), which lost 28-17 to the Bulldogs a week ago in Fresno in the regular-season finale, won its second conference title in four years.

Fresno State (9-4), which hasn't won in Boise since 1984, still completed one of the best turnarounds in college history under first-year coach Jeff Tedford after going 1-11 a year ago.

''To be in this position, even though we fell short tonight, this group has accomplished quite a bit,'' Tedford said. ''We have a lot to be proud of. Nobody believed in us coming off last season.

''We'll go back to the drawing board, but we'll be back.''

It was the fourth time in the past five years the title game was decided by seven points or fewer.

Boise State had only mustered 103 yards on its first four possessions of the second half until the Broncos broke out.

Rypien hit Cedrick Wilson on a 59-yard pass play to the Fresno State 36. After a pass interference call in the end zone put the ball at the 2, Ryan Wolpin, filling in for injured running back Alexander Mattison, powered his way into the end zone to give Boise State the decisive score.

''Brett showed his resiliency tonight,'' Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. ''That's the thing about Brett. He's not looking at his completion percentage. He's doing what real leaders do - they look at wins.

''He did that all year long, which kind of become the identity for this team. Somebody might have better numbers, but I don't know if anybody has better leadership qualities than he does.''

Fresno State had two more possessions, but failed to get a first down. Marcus McMaryion's final pass was intercepted by Leighton Vander Esch.

After two tough losses in September, Boise State strung together seven victories, including a 25-point comeback win on the road against Colorado State in overtime that kept its conference title hopes alive.

NO REPS, NO PROBLEM

On Boise State's winning touchdown, Wolpin took a direct snap and bulled his way into the end zone, yet he'd never run the play in practice, according to Harsin.

''If don't remember if Ryan ever ran that play in practice, but if he did, I didn't see it,'' Harsin confessed. ''That was (Mattison's) play.''

Mattison, who rushed for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, injured his left ankle and left the game at the end of the third quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Fresno State: Playing consecutive games against Boise State proved too much for the Bulldogs after a dominant victory at home a week ago. McMaryion passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-17 victory, but struggled to just 172 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in the title game. However, the Bulldogs will have a chance to add to their surprising turnaround in a well-deserved bowl game.

Boise State: The defense kept Boise State in the game, making significant adjustments after last week's loss. The halftime changes, however, proved to be the difference in the victory. Boise State held the Bulldogs to just 85 yards of total offense in the second half and forced a game-clinching turnover.

UP NEXT

Boise State: Likely be extended an invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl to take on a Pac-12 opponent. If Washington qualifies for a New Year's Six Bowl, all indications are that the opponent will be Oregon. Should Washington find itself out of the New Year's Six mix, Arizona will likely face Boise State.

Fresno State: Likely headed to the Sheraton Aloha Bowl on Christmas Eve to face Houston.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:42
96-H.Hoggarth extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:53
36-J.Camacho extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 1:53
6-M.McMaryion runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
77
yds
02:06
pos
13
10
Point After TD 4:08
96-H.Hoggarth extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 4:08
22-A.Mattison runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
4
yds
01:19
pos
7
9
Point After TD 8:01
36-J.Camacho extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 8:01
6-M.McMaryion runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
66
yds
03:43
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:14
96-H.Hoggarth 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
65
yds
03:42
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 19
Rushing 8 6
Passing 9 11
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 2-13 6-17
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 297 351
Total Plays 69 70
Avg Gain 4.3 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 137 109
Rush Attempts 35 38
Avg Rush Yards 3.9 2.9
Net Yards Passing 160 242
Comp. - Att. 16-34 17-32
Yards Per Pass 4.7 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 4-13
Penalties - Yards 8-57 9-70
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-40.8 8-36.1
Return Yards 23 102
Punts - Returns 1-0 2-41
Kickoffs - Returns 1-23 3-52
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-9
Kicking 2/3 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
25 Fresno State 9-4 0140014
Boise State 10-3 370717
160 PASS YDS 242
137 RUSH YDS 109
297 TOTAL YDS 351
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. McMaryion 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.1% 172 0 1 83.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 2384 14 4 139.8
M. McMaryion 16/34 172 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hokit 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 519 7
J. Hokit 9 46 0 17
M. McMaryion 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 33 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 252 2
M. McMaryion 7 33 2 22
D. Scott 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 91 0
D. Scott 4 25 0 13
R. Rivers 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 473 5
R. Rivers 4 17 0 8
J. Mims 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 609 6
J. Mims 6 14 0 5
D. O'Neal 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 109 0
D. O'Neal 4 4 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
69 918 8
K. Johnson 5 58 0 15
Ja. Rice 16 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 304 2
Ja. Rice 3 44 0 22
D. O'Neal 11 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 98 0
D. O'Neal 2 23 0 13
J. Jordan 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 482 3
J. Jordan 2 18 0 9
J. Mims 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 119 0
J. Mims 1 15 0 15
R. Rivers 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 121 1
R. Rivers 1 11 0 11
D. Scott 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
53 543 1
D. Scott 2 3 0 3
J. Hokit 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 98 0
J. Hokit 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bryant 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 3 0.0
J. Bryant 8-1 0.0 0
M. Bell 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
M. Bell 7-1 0.0 0
G. Helmuth 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
G. Helmuth 5-1 2.0 0
J. Allison 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
J. Allison 5-5 0.0 0
J. Bailey 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Bailey 4-1 0.0 0
K. Atkins 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Atkins 4-1 0.0 0
M. Forrester 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
M. Forrester 4-1 1.0 0
J. Hughes 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
J. Hughes 4-0 0.0 0
A. Kelly 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Kelly 3-0 0.0 0
S. Van Hook 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Van Hook 1-0 0.0 0
R. Stanley 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Stanley 1-0 1.0 0
T. Okeke 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Okeke 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Camacho 36 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
21/26 38/39
J. Camacho 0/1 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Cusick 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 40.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 42.4 3
B. Cusick 8 40.8 3 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Scott 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 24.2 23 0
D. Scott 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Rivers 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 4.9 0 0
R. Rivers 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 246 0 0 122.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.5% 2515 14 4 144.0
B. Rypien 16/30 246 0 0
M. Cozart 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 9 0 0 87.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.4% 747 10 1 164.2
M. Cozart 1/2 9 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Wolpin 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 50 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 377 4
R. Wolpin 11 50 1 12
A. Mattison 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 50 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
209 1074 12
A. Mattison 14 50 1 7
R. Mahone 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 81 1
R. Mahone 2 12 0 15
M. Cozart 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
86 361 4
M. Cozart 1 2 0 2
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 9 0
C. Wilson 2 1 0 2
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 -14 0
B. Rypien 5 -3 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 148 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
73 1290 6
C. Wilson 8 148 0 59
A. Richardson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 494 2
A. Richardson 2 53 0 40
J. Bates 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 34 0
J. Bates 1 17 0 17
S. Modster 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 272 3
S. Modster 1 12 0 12
C. Thomas 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 90 0
C. Thomas 1 9 0 9
A. Dhaenens 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 151 1
A. Dhaenens 1 6 0 6
A. Mattison 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 284 1
A. Mattison 2 5 0 6
M. Cozart 3 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 45 0
M. Cozart 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Vander Esch 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
16-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-0 3 0.0
L. Vander Esch 16-0 0.0 1
A. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
A. Williams 5-0 0.0 0
T. Horton 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 2 0.0
T. Horton 5-1 0.0 0
T. Maeva 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Maeva 4-2 0.0 0
J. Frazier 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Frazier 4-0 0.0 0
D. Pierce 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Pierce 3-0 0.0 0
K. Nawahine 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 3 0.0
K. Nawahine 3-3 0.0 0
C. Weaver 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 1.0
C. Weaver 2-2 1.0 0
D. Williams 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Williams 2-0 1.0 0
K. Kaniho 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Kaniho 2-0 0.0 0
D. Moa 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Moa 1-0 0.0 0
D. Auelua 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Auelua 0-1 0.0 0
S. Lui 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
S. Lui 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Hoggarth 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
17/21 52/52
H. Hoggarth 1/2 31 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Q. Skillin 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 35.7 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 40.6 5
Q. Skillin 6 35.7 5 39
J. Velazquez 46 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 37.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 40.1 0
J. Velazquez 2 37.5 0 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 25.8 18 0
C. Wilson 2 17.5 18 0
R. Wolpin 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.3 17 0
R. Wolpin 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 36 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 12.0 36 2
A. Williams 2 20.5 36 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FRESNO 35 3:32 8 41 FG Miss
7:54 FRESNO 10 1:44 5 -1 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:10 FRESNO 25 2:09 8 27 Punt
11:44 FRESNO 34 3:43 10 66 TD
6:01 FRESNO 1 0:19 4 0 Punt
3:59 FRESNO 23 2:06 5 77 TD
0:55 FRESNO 35 0:49 3 16
0:01 BOISE 49 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:56 FRESNO 29 2:36 8 24 Punt
5:08 FRESNO 13 1:27 3 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:23 FRESNO 10 1:45 10 53 Punt
9:53 FRESNO 49 2:01 5 19 Punt
4:42 FRESNO 25 0:15 3 0 Punt
2:23 FRESNO 14 0:25 3 66 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 BOISE 24 3:20 7 35 Punt
5:56 BOISE 25 3:42 10 60 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 BOISE 20 1:09 3 4 Punt
7:53 BOISE 23 1:44 5 38 Punt
5:27 FRESNO 4 1:19 3 4 TD
1:49 BOISE 17 0:49 4 20 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BOISE 18 4:52 12 53 FG Miss
7:13 BOISE 15 1:57 6 38 Punt
3:32 BOISE 47 1:02 4 -1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 BOISE 6 2:33 5 11 Punt
7:45 BOISE 10 3:03 10 82 TD
4:14 BOISE 37 1:44 5 15 Punt
1:50 FRESNO 20 0:41 2 -2