Boise State shines the brightest in Las Vegas Bowl Beatdown

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Leighton Vander Esch (38), head coach Bryan Harsin and Cedric Wilson (1) of the Boise State Broncos celebrate after winning the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl 38-28 over the Oregon Ducks at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images

The Broncos are the kings of Las Vegas. Well, at least on the gridiron they are. Boise State dominated throughout to beat Oregon 38-28. For the fourth time in the last eight season, the Las Vegas Bowl championship trophy will head back to Boise, Idaho.

Bronco Domination

Wide Receiver Cedric Wilson snagged 10 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown as Boise State controlled the game throughout. However, the Bronco defense stifled a high powered Oregon offense all afternoon and held them to 14 offensive points on the day. With the win, Boise State improved to 11-3 on the successful season. Meanwhile, Oregon struggled with penalties, turnovers, and consistency once again in what was a microcosm of their entire season. The loss set the Ducks back to 7-6 for the season.

Pick Your Poison

En route to a first-half 24-0 lead, Boise State scored in a variety of different ways. They began the scoring with a trick play as Brett Rypien tossed a pass out to running back Ryan Wolpin for a one-yard score to make it 7-0. Next, a conventional score for the Broncos ensued as Rypien hit Wilson for a 26-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0. After a Haden Hoggarth 39-yard field goal, the defense got into the action with a 53-yard interception return to paydirt.

Ducks Get Defensive

Amazingly, the first half ended on back to back to back defensive touchdowns. The final two belonged to Oregon that allowed them to get back into the ball game. With 37 seconds before halftime Tory Dye returned a fumble 86 yards for Oregon’s first score of the game. Next, with seven seconds left Tyree Robinson intercepted and returned a Rypien pass 100 yards for a touchdown to make it a game again, 24-14.

 

Boise State Resumes Control

The Broncos responded just as you would expect a champion to respond. Rypien hit
Alec Dhaenens for a 13-yard scoring strike to put Boise State back up 31-14. This score allowed Boise to take back control and cruise to the eventual 38-28 win. Rypien threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns in his last game of the season.

Looking Forward

The future looks just a bright as ever for Boise State. They will be the favorite to repeat as Mountain West champ in 2018 with Rypien returning for his senior season. Boise will have that opportunity from a non-power five team to make a run at the playoffs next season. That opportunity will come from their non-conference schedule. They face two tough road games in traveling to Troy and also Oklahoma State.

Conversely, for Oregon, it will be an off-season of change. Change in coaching and change in philosophy. Mario Cristobal will look to put his imprint on this program for 2018. No doubt, his focus will be playing with more consistency and also play more disciplined football. Oregon was the most penalized team in college football in 2017.

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