From Boise – Washington State got the offense going too late on this clear and cold night in southwest Idaho.
The final score may be 31-28, but it’s only thanks to several dumb decisions by the Boise State coaching staff that led to quarterback Brett Rypien throw two interceptions in the last 6:10 of the game.
Washington State turned the first of the two into a touchdown when the Luke Falk hit Gabe Marks running along the sidelines on a deep bomb. Marks was pushed out-of-bounds by a defender before coming back in and gaining enough separation to catch the football.
The second Rypien pick gave WSU the final possession…which was promptly waisted with several short passes near the side line. Falk’s first two were successful, but the Broncos adapted and kept WSU’s receivers from getting out-of-bounds.
Boise State was in complete control of the first three-quarters. From the moment Falk threw an ill-advised pass that was returned 85 yards for a touchdown, through the fist Rypien pick, it never felt like the Cougars where in the game.
Jeremy McNichols ran all over the defense, and caught a few passes out of the back field. Rypien had an efficient performance and looked fantastic for the first 54 minutes of the ball game before completely imploding.
Meanwhile the Washington State offense sputtered at the start of the game and the second half. Unlike the Eastern game, the offense was able to drive down the field but couldn’t punch it into the end zone…or score on their one field goal attempt for the night. It was disastrous.
There is no excuse for the offense’s inability to punch it in during the first half.
Leach was brought into help this program “run with the big dogs”. WSU isn’t running with the big dogs, it’s running the same damn circle. And it’s tiring.