Following their loss to the BYU Cougars two weeks ago, it looked like the Boise State Broncos would have a hard time getting back to another New Year’s Six bowl this season. Things seemed to get a lot more difficult once quarterback Ryan Finley went down with a devastating ankle injury last week and he would be out for the next eight weeks.
Friday night, Brett Rypien made his first collegiate start of his career against the Virginia Cavaliers. He needed to come out and prove that he could play well and what better way to do that than against a Power Five conference team on the road.
Rypien is the first true freshman to start for the Broncos sine 1993 when Tony Hilde was the starter. This is also the second time a true freshman has started at quarterback against the Cavaliers and tore up their defense.
Between the Broncos scoring defensive touchdowns – they scored on two interceptions in the first half – Rypien threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns while throwing no interceptions. He led his team to a 56-14 victory as the Broncos advanced to 3-1 on the season.
I think it’s safe to say that Rypien had a terrific showing in his first night on the field. The Broncos have surely found themselves a terrific quarterback.
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