The Boise State offense came out of the gates in the second half a little sluggish. The Broncos moved the ball a bit before punting it away. The Boise State defense however were ready to go. On the fourth Trojan offensive play in the second half, Kekoa Nawahine forced a fumble which Tyler Horton took into the endzone for another Bronco touchdown.
Troy, not ready to wave the white flag, were able to drive down the field, using the legs of Daughtry-Frye and quarterback Kaleb Barker before B.J. Smith was able to get the Trojans back into the endzone. Boise State and Troy would follow that score by trading punts to end the third quarter.
Boise State 56, Troy 14
Boise State brought in some true freshmen and tried a few different looks to open up the fourth quarter with little success and punted the ball away. Troy clearly wasn’t going to lay down and were able to hit a huge pass to score a touchdown and cut the deficit to 22. Troy would attempt a 2 point conversion and onside kick after the touchdown, both would fail. Boise State moved the ball into Troy territory but the Broncos were unable to convert the field goal. Next play, Tyler Horton would again return a fumble, caused by lineman Durrant Miles, for another touchdown. Yes, you read that right, Tyler Horton returned two fumbles for touchdowns in this contest. Troy still playing hard, moved the ball a bit but ultimately would turn the ball over on downs on their next possession. Backup quarterback Boise State quarterback Chase Cord would get in the fun and would run the ball himself into the endzone for another Bronco score to build up a 36 point lead. Boise State’s defense would get another fumble recover on the next Troy possession and kneeled it to end this game.
Final Score: Boise State 56, Troy 20
Key Moment: Midway through the second quarter Brett Rypien completed a short 3 yard toss to Akilian Butler for a 28 to 7 lead. Boise State with their third straight touchdown to effectively turn this into a blowout.
Player of the Game: While this award should go to Brett Rypien, we will give it senior wide receiver Sean Modster. Filling the giant shoes of Cedric Wilson is no easy task but Modster racked up 167 yards on 7 catches with 2 touchdowns. Rypien, it should be mentioned, racked up 305 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception on 20 completions in 28 attempts.
Injury Update: David Moa, defensive line, and Octavius Evans, wide receiver, did not play but the ‘buzz’ is that both of these holdouts were precautionary. Starting cornerback and star special teams returner Avery Williams had a nasty looking wrist injury in the 4th quarter but no update on what the injury was or expected return time after the game.
Next Week: UConn at home. Boise State will be a huge favorite versus the Huskies.