LAS VEGAS, Nevada ( KMVT / KSVT ) The Boise State Broncos looking to stay perfect and go 4-0 in the Las Vegas Bowl against the Oregon Ducks.
Boise State set the tone early, limiting Oregon's prolific offense to less than 80 yards by halftime.
Mario Cristobal, Oregon head coach commented, "we're down 24-0 with penalties and turnovers, the defense did a great job getting two scores before the half gave us an opportunity. "
That killed the Boise State momentum going into the locker room. but the Broncos found a way to extend their lead quickly in the third.
Leighton Vander Esch produced a team-high 12 tackles, he remarked, "it's just being resilient. we have a great group. on defense and offense too. We'll move from those plays, just focusing back up.
The easy pick for Las Vegas Bowl MVP Cedrick Wilson.
He caught 10 passes for 221 yards Saturday. He now has 1,511 on the year, surpassing Thomas Sperbeck's mark of 1,412 set back in 2015.
This is Wilson's second college team after starring at Coffeyville Community College.
Wilson said, "been blessed to play for quarterbacks every year since I've switched to position of receiver. It starts with the o-line, obviously Brett and Cozart can't get the ball out without blocking. Then it's me doing my job.
With the win, Boise State has ended its three-game losing streak against Power-5 schools and captured its 11th win of the year as the Broncos won 38-28.
For Bryan Harsin, Boise State head coach, he addressed this: "the character of this team and the coaching staff is as good as we've ever had at Boise State. And I know that and the best about it is that these guys realize that at the beginning of this season."
At the beginning of the year, BSU players set out with two goals, win a championship and a bowl game. They've accomplished both of those feats. Now it's about who will declare for the draft or come back.
Boise State improves to 4-0 at the Las Vegas Bowl . The Broncos also boast a 3-0 record all-time against Oregon: 2008 (37-32 in Eugene) and 2009 (19-8 in Boise).
BSU made its 16th-straight bowl appearance, tied with Wisconsin for the sixth-longest streak in the country.
Junior quarterback Brett Rypien finished the game 21-for-38 for a season-high 362 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.