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FINAL BSU 38 UO 28

What a season.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding season. We graduated a lot of talent and experience, so we had a lot of work today. Boy did these guys work.

There is a lot of credit due to a lot of different areas of the program. The coaches battled some adversity early and got things turned around after the loss to Virginia. The players responded well to the early challenges, and here we are. Mountain West Champions and UNDEFEATED Las Vegas Bowl champs. Also of note, we are undefeated against the Ducks. I REPEAT, WE HAVE BEAT THE DUCKS THREE TIMES IN A ROW.

The Ducks were favored to win by 7. There were some outspoken media personnel as well...

Yeah that didn’t age too well, did it?

The Broncos started hot and kept it going for most of the first half. Up until the last 40 seconds, the Broncos were leading 24-0, lead by solid play calling and excellent execution, not to mention some fancy dance moves.

A derp on a Statue of Liberty play lead to a Ducks scoop-and-score with 37 left. The Broncos responded immediately with a 67-yard catch by Wilson, who battled an injury the majority of the game. On the next play, Ryp threw an interception that was returned for ANOTHER touchdown, cutting the lead to 10. The Broncos went into half-time leading 24-14. That definitely wasn’t ideal, but still a 2-possession game.

Also of note in the first half, the Ducks had just 77 yards to the Broncos 294. Wilson and Wolpin both had TDs in the first along with a Kaniho pick-6. The Ducks had 4 total turnovers in the first half.

The Broncos had a solid 5-minute drive to open the scoring in the second half, capped by a sweet spin move touchdown from Dhaenens.

The Ducks pulled within 10 yet again midway through the 3rd quarter, scoring their first offensive touchdown AND passing the 50-yard line for the first time. The Broncos, yet again, had an answer. A 41-yard catch by Wilson set up Wolpin’s second TD of the day, which proved to be the dagger. That catch put Wilson at 10 catches for 221 yards and a TD, passing Thomas Sperbeck for the most yards in a single season (1,290). The Ducks scored on more TD, but it was too little, too late. Wilson caught the onside kick, sealing the victory for the Broncos.

Rypien finished 21-38 (55%) for 362 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. He finished the season 197-310 (63.5%) for 2,515 yards, 14 TDs and 4 INTs. Wolpin finished with 23 carries for 71 yards and 2 TDs, bringing his season totals to 99 carries for 377 yards and 4TDs. Mattison, while mostly out, finished with 3 carries for 12 yards. I honestly can’t believe he played at all. He finished with 212 carries for 1,086 yards and 13 total TDs.

Someone who I haven’t mentioned, merely because I will be sad to see him go, is most-likely-NFL-bound Leighton Vander Esch. He finished a legendary season with 141 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 fumbles forced and 3 interceptions. If, for some crazy reason, he decides to return, he’ll be up for ALL OF THE AWARDS next year.

Hopefully you all enjoyed the ride as much as I did this season. Enjoy the rest of bowl season, enjoy the holidays and keep an eye out for our recruiting articles to tide you over until spring ball.

As always, GO BRONCOS!