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Boise State follows Brett Rypien to easy win in Poinsettia Bowl

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Boise State won one of the most lopsided games in this year’s bowls so far Wednesday, clobbering Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Broncos won 55-7, scoring the game’s first 24 points and its last 31.

Quarterback Brett Rypien hit 27 of 40 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns to lead Boise State. Northern Illinois gained only 33 yards of offense, including minus five yards rushing. For Boise State, two running backs – Jeremy McNichols and Ryan Wolpin, had more than 90 yards rushing. Two receivers – McNichols and Shane Williams-Rhodes – had more than 90 yards receiving.

Boise State finished the season 9-4. Northern Illinois was 8-6.

As a team, the Broncos finished with 654 yards total offense. It was the sixth time this season that Boise had scored 50 points or more.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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