Boise State to face OR in Las Vegas Bowl

Associated Press

Associated Press

One week after Fresno State ended Boise State's seven-game winning streak with an impressive performance at Bulldog Stadium, the teams meet again Saturday in Boise for the Mountain West championship game.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

In the two previous meetings between the programs, the Chris Petersen-coached Broncos won 37-32 at Autzen Stadium on September 21, 2008, and 19-8 in Boise on September 3, 2009.

No. 25 is the same spot the Broncos occupied in the AP poll when they lost to Fresno State a week earlier, 28-17 in Fresno.

Fresno State was the second ranked team Boise State has beaten this season. Hawaii won that game, 54-48, in triple overtime.


Brett Rypien has passed for 2,515 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games this season, completing 63.5 percent, with four inteceptions in 310 attempts.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, who played quarterback for the Broncos, is in his fourth season and is 41-12 at the school.

The Broncos have two Portland products playing on defense, both redshirt freshmen. End Kayode Rufai, out of Lincoln High, has six stops in eight games.

The Bulldogs will play Houston in the December 24 Hawaii Bowl, where in 2012 they lost to Southern Methodist 43-10 and in 2014 they lost to Rice 30-6. The Broncos last played in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2012, and the Ducks last appeared in 2006. OR beat Air Force in 1997 and lost to BYU in 2006.

OR (7-5) won three of its last four games, buoyed by the return of sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert from injury the last two weeks.

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