Jeremy McNichols powers Boise State past UNLV, 42-25

BOISE, Idaho (AP) " Jeremy McNichols ran for 206 yards and a career-high four touchdown to help No. 22 Boise State beat UNLV 42-25 on Friday.

Boise State kept its Mountain West title hopes alive and reached 10 victories for the second time in three seasons under head coach Bryan Harsin. After passing Western Michigan in the College Football Playoff rankings this week, the Broncos also remain in contention for a Cotton Bowl berth.

The Rebels lost for fifth time in five tries at Boise State, managing only 302 yards of total offense, their second-lowest output of the season.

UNLV also struggled defensively, unable to bottle up the nation's fifth-leading rusher. McNichols leads the country in scoring with 156 points, 36 more than the next closest player.

After UNLV converted a fumble into a field goal on Boise State's opening possession, the Broncos went on a 19-play, 74-yard drive " their longest of the season " and took a 7-3 lead on quarterback Brett Rypien's 1-yard run.

That early lead helped set the tone for Boise State as UNLV never really threatened to make the game competitive.

Rypien finished with 109 yards on 10-of-20 passing. Career receiving leader Thomas Sperbeck had five catches for 47 yards in his final regular-season home game.

UNLV's Kurt Palandech passed for 113 yards, completing 10 of 20 passes. He also led the team in rushing with 64 yards.

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