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By DAN GREENSPAN
LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson got a call from Thomas Sperbeck last week where the former Boise State wide receiver joking asked the senior not to break his single-season school record for yards receiving.
Nothing could keep Wilson from breaking the record in the Broncos’ 38-28 win over Oregon in the Los Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Not the playful request. Not the Ducks defense. Not an ankle injury.
Wilson was named the game’s most valuable player after making 10 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown, finishing with 1,511 yards for the season and breaking Sperbeck’s old record of 1,412 yards in 2015.
“You guys see the production as a player,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We see the person every single day, and here’s a guy that’s done nothing but show up prepared from day one.”
Wilson had a 26-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, and added a 41-yard catch to set up Boise State’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter despite laboring at times on the sideline with an apparent sprained ankle.
“I know he’s going to get back up and do it again every single time,” Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said.
Boise State needed Wilson to step up with two other key offensive contributors dealing with their own injuries. Senior tight end Jake Roh, who caught a team-high nine touchdown passes this season, missed the third straight game with a leg injury. Sophomore running back Alexander Mattison, who had 1,074 yards rushing and 12 touchdown runs before suffering a leg injury late in the Mountain West title game, was limited to three carries for 12 yards.