Boise State uses big first half to beat Oregon State

The Beavers hit the road for their Pacific-12 Conference opener at Colorado next Saturday

The Oregon State Beavers prepare to come onto the field before an NCAA college football game, in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jeremy McNichols ran for 208 yards and scored four touchdowns and Boise State is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011 after a 38-24 win Saturday over Oregon State.

McNichols did most of his damage in the first half, as the junior running back ran for 146 yards and touchdowns of 5, 6 and 70 yards, and caught a 6-yard scoring pass.

Brett Rypien completed 19 of 36 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown for the Broncos, who won their fourth consecutive game against a Pacific-12 opponent, and their second this season.

Both teams scored on their opening drive, as Oregon State (1-2) tied the game at 7 on a 14-yard run by Ryan Nall. But the Broncos ran over the Beavers from there, holding OSU to 41 yards on its final six first-half drives, while scoring 24 consecutive points to take a 31-7 halftime lead.

It was Boise State’s first win in four tries at Oregon State. The Broncos have yet to trail in a game this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

BOISE STATE: The win should put the Broncos in a strong position to crack next week’s AP Top 25 and add to their streak of 14 consecutive years where they have spent at least one week in the rankings.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers, coming off their first win in 11 games last Saturday against Idaho State, now head into Pacific-12 Conference play, where OSU has lost 11 consecutive games.

UP NEXT

BOISE STATE: The Broncos open Mountain West Conference play at home against Utah State next Saturday. Last year, Utah State beat Boise State 52-26, the Broncos’ most one-sided MWC loss in school history.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers hit the road for their Pacific-12 Conference opener at Colorado next Saturday. The Buffaloes opened league play Saturday at Oregon.

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