BOISE, Idaho ( KMVT /KSVT ) In a rematch of last week's regular season finale, the West Division champions in the Fresno State Bulldogs were on the blue turf of Albertson's Stadium facing the Mountain Division champs in Boise State for the conference championship.
The hardware laid out on the field something both of these teams are fighting for.
The Bulldogs the clear underdogs all season as they were predicted in the pre-season to finish last. But on Saturday night, they were playing for the conference trophy.
The Broncos lost the Milk Can last weekend but are fighting for the real title.
Broncos on the board first with a field goal after Fresno missed one earlier on in the first quarter.
Bulldogs possession, Marcus McMaryion with the quarterback keeper running to the outside and stepping into the endzone.
Fresno leads 7 to 3, a strong Bronco defense holds Fresno to punt away the ball from the endzone.
And Avery Williams returning the ball for what was thought to be a touchdown but called back to the four yard line.
Now Alexander Mattison taking the hand off and running the ball in. BSU leads 10-7.
McMaryion with the keeper again, finding the hole and giving the Bulldogs a 14 -10 lead with the extra point.
That would be the score heading into the locker room for the half.
Broncos rally to beat Fresno, 17-14 and capture the championship.
BSU dominated Fresno in passing yards with 255-175. The Bulldogs held the rushing advantage, 137-109.
Overall, this year’s conference championship is the 13th for Boise State since joining the FBS in 1996 (two Big West titles, eight WAC titles, and three Mountain West titles).
Boise State QB Brett Rypien was named the game’s Offensive MVP after going 16-for-30 for 246 yards.
WLB Leighton Vander Esch, named the game’s Defensive MVP, matched his career high with 16 tackles, which also tied former Bronco Ben Weaver (2014) for the most in a Mountain West Championship Game. Vander Esch sealed the game with an interception with 1:50 to play, his third pick of the season.