Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley left Friday night's game with what appears to be an ankle or lower leg injury.
Finley was helped off the field and trainers tried taping his ankle. Finley was not able to stand and was taken to the locker room.
Sophomore Tommy Stuart replaced Finley and led two touchdown drives in the first half and another early in the second half.
But in the third quarter, fans were surprised to see true freshman Brett Rypien who entered the game for the second drive of the third quarter. His first three plays were passes that gained 12, 9 and 7 yards. Rypien then threw another short pass for 14 yards to Shane Williams-Rhodes and McNichols ran for 4 yards. McNichols finished the drive with a 4-yard TD run.
Rypien then showed his arm strength with a 46-yard completion to wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck. The freshman from Washington led the Broncos to a TD on his third drive, too. And he took them to a field goal with the second team on his fourth and final drive.
Bronco Nation is waiting to see what happens next at the Quarterback position for ext week’s game at Virginia.