No. 25 Boise State beats OR in Las Vegas Bowl

Chelsea West
December 18, 2017

Key contributors: Quarterback Justin Herbert played uncharacteristically poorly, throwing two interceptions - including a second-quarter pick that was returned for a 53-yard touchdown - but connected with receiver Brenden Schooler for a 24-yard touchdown with 10:07 remaining that cut Boise State's lead to 31-21.

Boise State had committed two turnovers that were returned for touchdowns in the final minute of the first half, turning a 24-0 rout in the making into a competitive 24-14 contest and allowing OR back into the game.

Boise State outgained OR 294-77 in offensive yards in the first half and reached Ducks' territory on eight of 10 possessions. In a weird sequence in the final minute of the first half, two Boise turnovers resulted in an 86-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 100-yard interception return, cutting the Broncos' halftime lead to 24-14. He scored Boise State's second touchdown when Rypien found him on a drag route for a 26-yard score. But the Broncos broke out of an offensive lull and went 86 yards on 11 plays in a drive that consumed more than five minutes and ended with Wolpin's second one-yard touchdown.

"They are a great team, and we came out and we played some awesome football", said Vander Esch, who had 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss with one sack.

The Panthers (7-5) finished with a winning record with the first bowl win in Georgia State's eight-year football history.

Mike White tossed TD passes of 54 and 4 yards to Deon Yelder, finishing with 351 yards - the senior's eighth consecutive 300-yard game passing - for Western Kentucky (6-7).

The undefeated Dukes won their 26th straight game, tying an F.C.S. record, and will face No. 2 seed North Dakota State.

OR senior safety Tyree Robinson converted on his stated goal coming into the game of scoring with a 100-yard return to make the score 24-14 at halftime.

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Silvers passed for 306 yards. Dillon Mitchell caught a team-high nine passes for 143 yards and cornerback Arrion Springs caught his second career interception to save a touchdown in the first quarter. Herbert also has three touchdowns on the ground.

ORLANDO — From 0-12 to Cure Bowl champions in four years. The Aggies had claimed titles in 1990 and 1999 in addition to their 2015 victory over Alcorn State in the first Celebration Bowl.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State.

Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering Herd (8-5) hold off the Rams (7-6). AJ Richardson is second with 494 receiving yards.

The Broncos were in position to add to that lead even more late in the first half, as they drove the ball down to the OR 10-yard line with less than one minute remaining.

The Thundering Herd are 11-2 in bowl games, and 5-0 under Coach Doc Holliday.

OR was forced to burn a timeout before its first play from scrimmage. Making the most of his two seasons with the Broncos after transferring from a junior college, Wilson has 17 career touchdowns receptions and has topped the 100-yard receiving mark 10 times.

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