Rypien, Boise State offense prove to be too much for CSU

Colorado State football fell to 3-5 (2-2, MW) with a 56-28 loss at Boise State, Friday night. Led by quarterback Brett Rypien, who was nearly perfect for the Broncos, BSU racked up 472 yards of offense and moved the football at will.

In the Broncos’ victory, Rypien completed 22-of-26 pass attempts for 308 yards through the air and had four touchdowns. Two of those scores went to wide receiver AJ Richardson. In an impressive showing, Richardson led Boise State with six receptions for 137 yards, averaging 22.8 yards per catch in the process.

Flipping things over to CSU—the Rams actually outgained the Broncos in total offense—but three turnovers killed any chance of an upset.

In three quarters of action, senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels completed 19-of-30 pass attempts for 238 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Carta-Samuels was able to hit some big throws in the loss, including a 47-yard touchdown strike to Preston Williams at the end of the second quarter. A poor showing from the offensive line made things difficult for the veteran quarterback though, and it appeared to greatly impact his rhythm.

With the game out of reach, Carta-Samuels was replaced by Collin Hill in the fourth quarter. Hill was able to make the most of the opportunity, completing 12-of-14 pass attempts for 135 yards and one touchdown in limited action. With 9:01 remaining, Hill connected with sophomore wide receiver Warren Jackson, who had nine catches, 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what head coach Mike Bobo decides to do at the quarterback position. Carta-Samuels has received the majority of the snaps in 2018, but Hill seems to be healthy and ready to go, so it may be time to start getting him ready for next season, especially if the offense can compete with him under center right now.

The Rams will return home next Friday for a rivalry game against the University of Wyoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MT at Canvas Stadium.

PHOTO: Abbie Parr | Rocky Mountain Collegian