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Poinsettia Bowl final score: Boise State dominates Northern Illinois, 55-7

This game was not close, at all. Also, where has this performance all year?

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

This Vine (play with volume) is all you really need to understand Boise State's annihilation of Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl, which saw the Broncos win, 55-7.

Boise State not only showed what their offense has the capability of doing when it is firing on all cylinders in all aspects of this game. The Broncos defense held Northern Illinois to its lowest yardage output of the season with 33 yards. Their previous low was 153 yards at Boston College.

Boise State started off strong from the get go by scoring three touchdowns on their first three drives and it was 24-0 before the first quarter ended. Broncos running back Jeremy McNichols scored all of the touchdowns in the quarter, here is his third.

Northern Illinois did eventually get on the board with an impressive 96-yard kick return in the second quarter by Aregeros Turner. Those return yards which nearly tripled the total offensive output by the Huskies.

The Boise State defense sacked Ryan Graham five times and the defense forced three fumbles which led to 17 points on the day.

This game was the very definition of a blowout. Boise State out gained Northern Illinois by more than 600 yards.

One state not listed in the team summary is that Boise State averaged 6.74 yards per play while Northern Illinois was able to gain less than a single yard per play at .65 yards per snap, or if you prefer that is two feet per play.

What else is there to say about this game as Boise State moved the ball at will in the passing and running game and the defense harassed the Huskies all day.

The offensive MVP of the game went to quarterback Brett Rypien who completed 29 of 40 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns. The defensive MVP went to Kamalei Correa who had four tackles, 2.5 for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.