BOISE — The University of Hawai’i football team dropped its second consecutive road contest and fell to 0-1 in Mountain West play on Saturday, as Boise State cut loose offensively to a 55-0 final score in the conference opener for both teams.
Although the Rainbow Warriors stopped the Bronco offense on the opening drive, Boise State was quick to get their offense rolling, as quarterback Brett Rypien connected on his first passing attempt of the night, finding Chaz Anderson behind the coverage on the second series for a 54-yard strike and the 7-0 Boise State lead only 3:32 into the first quarter, the earliest a team has scored on the Rainbow Warriors this season.
The Broncos quickly followed with a second strike, driving 65 yards and capping off the series with a 13-yard sweep by Jeremy McNichols, becoming also the first to score twice in the first quarter against UH this season.
A third score came in the opening seconds of the second quarter, as receiver Thomas Sperbeck reeled in a Rypien pass with a spectacular fingertips catch out of the back of the endzone. A fake-fumble trick play followed on the next possession for 24-yard Huff TD reception and a 28-0 BSU lead.
After UH forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, the Broncos fired off three consecutive scoring possessions on a 10-yard run by Akilian Butler, a 9-yard run by Kelsey Young and a McNichols 15-yard rush after Boise State spiked the ball with seconds remaining, extending the halftime advantage to 49-0—matching the 2004 game a Fresno State for largest halftime deficit.
The 35 second quarter points by Boise State was the most in a quarter since the Broncos put up 38 during the 2004 season.
In the second half, the Rainbow Warrior defense regrouped, twice holding the Broncos to field goals in the red zone, limiting the second half scoring to only 6 points.
The offense was unable to find traction in either half and starter Max Wittek left the game before half with 66 yards on 7-of-24 passing, gaining 13 yards on 3 rushes, with his net yards set back by a BSU sack. Ikaika Woolsey relieved Wittek in the second half in his most significant action this season, completing 4-of-22 for 22 yards, while rushing for 16 on 3 carries.
On the ground, UH logged 82 yards by seven rushers, led by Steven Lakalaka, who picked up 34 yards on 8 carries.
Boise State’s surprising upstart, freshman Brett Rypien passed for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns on 19-of-25 passing, as the top passer against UH this season. McNichols carried the load on the ground for the Broncos with 108 yards and 2 rushing scores on 20 carries.
The 55-0 deficit is ties for 10th largest margin of loss for the UH program and ranks fifth in largest road and overall conference margins of defeat.
The Rainbow Warriors return to the isles for Homecoming, next Saturday at Aloha Stadium, meeting San Diego State on Hawaiian Airlines Field.