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2-Minute Drill: What WSU needs to do to beat Boise State

As a freshman last season, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien led the Mountain West in passing yards (3,353) on his way to Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)
As a freshman last season, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien led the Mountain West in passing yards (3,353) on his way to Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

What Washington State needs to do to beat Boise State.

Don’t take your eyes off

Boise State quarterback and Shadle Park High grad Brett Rypien is in the early stages of an exemplary career behind center for the Broncos. As a freshman last season, Mark Rypien’s nephew led the Mountain West in passing yards (3,353) and was second in completion percentage (63.6) and touchdown passes (20) on his way to Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors.

When WSU has the ball …

Do not be surprised if the Cougars rely a little more on the ground game this week. WSU ran the ball successfully in its opener against Eastern Washington, and the Broncos have a suspect defensive line that Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks may be able to take advantage of. Freshman James Williams, who got one carry last week, may be more of a factor as well.

When BSU has the ball …

Don’t look away from the screen for a single second. The Broncos have a shifty offense that uses pre-snap movement to try and confuse the defense, sending players to opposite sides of its own formation to change the offense’s strength at the last second. At the end of all that, sometimes they will throw in a trick play to boot. So don’t be surprised if you see a running back or wide receiver throw a pass in this one.

Did you know?

BSU has not lost a nonconference game at home since the last time these two teams faced, a 41-20 WSU victory in Bronco Stadium.

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