Justin Taimatuia returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown on that first play, Brett Rypien threw three touchdown passes in his first career start and Jeremy McNichols scored twice in the Broncos’ 56-14 victory Friday night in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Boise State led 17-0 before the game was barely 7 minutes old, forced five turnovers and added another defensive touchdown late.
“We needed to have one of these games,” linebacker Ben Weaver said after the Broncos (3-1) limited Virginia (1-3) to 273 yards. “We hadn’t scored all year and we’ve been lacking in the turnover area, so we made that a big point of emphasis, especially on the road.”
Virginia’s Matt Johns dropped back to pass on the first play from scrimmage, and as the pocket collapsed around him, he attempted to flip the ball over his shoulder. Taimatuia, a 300-pound defensive tackle, intercepted it and lumbered 21 yards for a touchdown 16 seconds into the game.
McNichols’ 47-yard run on third down set up his first touchdown, on a 2-yard run. Johns’ second interception, by Darian Thompson on a deep ball, set up a four-play drive to Tyler Rausa’s 51-yard field goal. The game was barely 7 minutes old and the Broncos led 17-0.
McNichols ran his Bowl Subdivision-leading touchdown count to 10 by adding a 10-yard TD catch later, and behind Rypien, the Broncos showed no signs of losing a step after losing quarterback Ryan Finley to a broken ankle last week.
Rypien had a lot to do with why, McNichols said.
“His poise. He got hit. He got up. He operated. He was confident,” McNichols said. “We were fast on offense and finished all of our drives.
(21) Stanford 42, Oregon State 24: Kevin Hogan, a game-time decision because of an ankle sprain, threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinal defeated the Beavers in Corvallis, Oregon.
Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-high 206 yards for Stanford (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12), which had a 21-17 lead at the half over the Beavers (2-2, 0-1) before a pair of third-quarter TDs.
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