Jeremy McNichols pulled out another dominating performance on Senior Night at Albertsons Stadium. The question that’s on everyone’s mind: even though he isn’t a senior, will that be his last performance as well? Certainly the junior is talented enough to declare early, and the thought has crossed the mind of a few Bronco fans, but there’s no reason to speculate that until the season is over.
Let’s just enjoy another one of McWeapon’s fantastic nights.
On an evening where Brett Rypien’s fire extinguished and he was only mildly effective, McNichols put the offense on his back and kept the Broncos comfortably ahead the whole night. He ended the night on 31 carries, 206 yds and 4 TDs, before Alexander Mattison and Cory Young relieved him of his duties late in the 4th quarter.
The Bronco defense played stellar as well, holding a Rebels rush offense to 189 yards total, after UNLV had amassed 400 last week. The only person who truly kept the Rebels in the game was quarterback Kurt Palendech, who continued his hot streak since becoming the starter: passing for 10/20 113 yds, 1 TD and rushing for another 64 yards on 9 carries for 2 TDs.
While the Rebels will miss out on a bowl game with their loss tonight, there is still plenty to play for next week. The Fremont Cannon is only the line and their neighbors up North are free-falling towards the bottom of the Mountain West. Boise State, on the other hand, will hope that the San Diego State Aztecs can torch Wyoming so that the Broncos can control the Mountain division again.