CORVALLIS - Behind star running back Jeremy McNichols four first-half touchdowns, Boise State jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead and never looked back, keeping their unbeaten season in tact after a road trip to Oregon State. The Broncos are now 3-0 with wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Washington State and the Beavers.
The story of the game started early for Boise State, who out-gained the Beavers, 435-67 in the first half, led by McNichols’ 146 rushing yards. With with help from lost yardage due to quarterback Darell Garretson’s sacks taken in the first half, Oregon State managed just 14 yards on ground in first half. Simply put, the Beavers couldn’t have been more outplayed.
To force a catalyst heading into the second half, Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen threw walk-on quarterback Conor Blount into the fire, replacing Garretson, but even the excitement of a promising debut wasn’t enough for the Beavers. Oregon State showed a mere moment of brilliance, as the Beavers finished Blount’s debut drive with a Ryan Nall touchdown and an ensuing onside kick gave Oregon State a glimmer of hope for a moment. But with another stalled-out drive, the Beavers walked away with just a field goal and a fourteen point deficit still facing them.
Heading into the final quarter of play, Oregon State was faced with “do-or-die” time and the Beavers couldn’t muster enough to chip away at a cemented Boise State lead. After a Boise State defensive touchdown with just over three minutes left in the game, Oregon State kick returner Victor Bolden Jr. contributed one of the lone highlights of the game for the Beavers, taking the ensuing kick return 99 yards for a touchdown. For Oregon State, it was simply just too little, too late.
The Broncos now move to 3-0 on the year and has a home meeting with Utah State next on their schedule. For Oregon State, the Beavers falls to 1-2 on the season with a road trip to Colorado upcoming next week.
A full in-depth recap of the game will be available soon, as will the bevy of post-game news that is sure to follow Oregon State’s outing against Boise State.
(1Q, 12:29 | Boise State 7 - Oregon State 0): Boise State struck first when running back Jeremy McNichols punched one in from five yards out, with a bit of help from his offensive line.
Jeremy McNichols Rides The Lightning with the Bronco O-Line for the opening score in Corvallis! 7-0 Broncos! pic.twitter.com/IbW3UYe0kp— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
(1Q, 11:22 | Boise State 7 - Oregon State 7): But the Beavers struck back shortly after, when running back Ryan Nall shed some tacklers for a fifteen yard score, to even the game at 7-7.
(1Q, 5:23 | Boise State 14 - Oregon State 7): The Broncos went back to McNichols for their next touchdown, when the electric junior beat Oregon State’s defense to the edge and found pay dirt.
Jeremy McNichols scores his 7th TD of the season, and 2nd of the day, bouncing outside for the score! 14-7, good guys! pic.twitter.com/4PMoYexcDB— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
(2Q, 6:56 | Boise State 21 - Oregon State 7): It was McNichols again, as quarterback Brett Rypien connected with the star tailback for a 6 yard shovel pass to give the Broncos a two-touchdown lead.
RB Jeremy McNichols with his 6th-career 3-TD game. He just got his third score on a 6-yard shovel pass to put Boise State up 21-7! pic.twitter.com/VKu8s1QE6S— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
(2Q, 2:37 | Boise State 28 - Oregon State 7): McNichols. McNichols. McNichols. It was the Long Beach, California native’s day as McNichols sliced through the Beavers’ defense for a 70 yard touchdown run to split the game open, just before halftime.
(2Q, 0:05 | Boise State 31 - Oregon State 7): After Oregon State’s Bright Ugwoegbu sniffed out a Boise State screen pass with less than twenty seconds left in the half, the Broncos were forced to settle for a field goal. The halftime stats are below:
Here's a look at the halftime stats as Boise State leads Oregon State, 31-7, at halftime pic.twitter.com/SlLZiy0ahy— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
(3Q, 6:38 | Boise State 31 - Oregon State 14): Head coach Gary Andersen pulled quarterback Darell Garretson in favor of walk-on Conor Blount and the move paid off, culminating with a Ryan Nall 1 yard touchdown run. Then, an onside kick happened for the Beavers.
(3Q, 5:14 | Boise State 31 - Oregon State 17): Garrett Owens didn’t allow his team’s extra possession to go to waste, when he knocked home a 41 yard field goal to cut Boise State’s lead to 14.
The lead is trimmed even further as Owens nails one from 41 yards out. Boise State leads 31-17 with 5:14 left in Q3 pic.twitter.com/Ktn6GrRXbg— OregonStateFootball (@BeaverFootball) September 24, 2016
(4Q, 3:33 | Boise State 38 - Oregon State 17): Darren Lee stripped Oregon State wide receiver Seth Collins and took one to the house to put the Broncos up by 21 points with just over three minutes left in the game.
Darren Lee with the defensive TD, stripping Seth Collins and taking it 19 yards to the house! pic.twitter.com/1mpyBLptKi— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
(4Q, 3:21 | Boise State 38 - Oregon State 24): After a heartbreaking defensive touchdown by Boise State, kick returner Victor Bolden Jr. was not hanging his head when he took the ensuring Broncos kick-off all the way back to the house.
Quarter By Quarter Scoring
1Q - Boise State 14, Oregon State 7
2Q - Boise State 31, Oregon State 7 (17-0)
3Q - Boise State 31, Oregon State 17 (0-10)
4Q - Boise State 38, Oregon State 24 (7-7)