NCAA Football

Boise tops Ducks, spoils Cristobal debut

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(TSX / STATS) -- LAS VEGAS -- In a town known for holding championship fights, the Boise State Broncos got knocked to the canvas not once but twice in the final 37 seconds of the first half of Saturday afternoon's Las Vegas Bowl.

Despite totally dominating the game statistically, the 25th-ranked Broncos led by only 10 points at halftime after Oregon (7-6) delivered a potentially devastating one-two punch that saw Troy Dye return a Brett Rypien fumble 86 yards for a touchdown and then safety Tyree Robinson race 100 yards for another score after picking off a Rypien pass in the end zone.

But the Mountain West champion Broncos picked themselves off the canvas and scored on the opening drive of the second half and then held off a late Ducks rally for a 38-28 victory at Sam Boyd Stadium, spoiling the Oregon head coach debut of Mario Cristobal in the process.

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