Boise State out-gained OR 481-285, won the time of possession battle by more than 13 minutes and had 28 first downs in the game compared to 14 for the Ducks.
Key contributors: Quarterback Justin Herbert played uncharacteristically poorly, throwing two interceptions - including a second-quarter pick that was returned for a 53-yard touchdown - but connected with receiver Brenden Schooler for a 24-yard touchdown with 10:07 remaining that cut Boise State's lead to 31-21. Herbert, who has thrown 32 touchdown passes against seven interceptions in two seasons as a starter, faces a Boise State secondary that allowed 172 yards passing and no touchdowns through the air in the Mountain West championship game against Fresno State. The Broncos outgained the Ducks 294-77 in the first half and reached Ducks' territory on 10 of 15 meaningful possessions.
Boise State is 10-3 and won the Mountain West Conference title with a 17-14 win against Fresno State.
The Ducks' momentum did not carry over into the third quarter, however, as Rypien found tight end Alec Dhaenens for a 13-yard touchdown. Herbert, who was limited to just 17 yards on the ground, threw for 233 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on the day.
OR is 7-5 and went 4-5 in the Pac-12.
Almost seven minutes later the Broncos doubled their lead, with Rypien connecting with Cedrick Wilson on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Wilson finished the game with 10 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown. The Rams have lost four straight bowl games.
OR senior safety Tyree Robinson converted on his stated goal coming into the game of scoring with a 100-yard return to make the score 24-14 at halftime.
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Mason Fine passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns for North Texas (9-5) but was intercepted twice and fumbled twice. OR got pushed around on both lines of scrimmage and make plenty of ill-advised decisions, best exemplified by running back Tony Brooks-James throwing a ball at a defender in the third quarter to scuttle a promising drive. He finished with Mean Green single-season records of 4,052 yards and 31 TDs passing. Boise State played in and won three consecutive Las Vegas Bowls in 2010-2012.
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Rypien calmed the Broncos' nerves to start the second half by directing a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that again featured Wilson making the biggest play - a diving 30-yard catch near the sideline.
Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering Herd (8-5) hold off the Rams (7-6). Tyre Brady had 165 yards receiving and gave Marshall the lead in the second quarter with a 76-yard reception.
The Broncos were in position to add to that lead even more late in the first half, as they drove the ball down to the OR 10-yard line with less than one minute remaining.
The Thundering Herd is 11-2 in bowl games and 5-0 under current coach Doc Holliday. But those hopes ended when running back Tony Brooks-James got up from a pile, kicked his leg free from a defender's grasp and flipped the ball in a Bronco's facemask.
OR was forced to burn a timeout before its first play from scrimmage.