Inside Slant: Boise State Football

Boise State gets a week to digest its monumental win over Virginia Tech on Labor Day in Landover, Md. The Broncos, who rallied for a 33-30 victory, positioned themselves to make a serious run at the national championship game. Quarterback Kellen Moore led a 56-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in just five plays with no timeouts.

INSIDE SLANT

Boise State has won 15 straight games and 27 straight regular-season games. The Broncos will be favored in the rest of their games, barring a nasty run of injuries.

"We can't afford any slip-ups," senior wide receiver Austin Pettis said, "especially after setting ourselves up like this."

The Broncos don't play against until a Sept. 18 game at Wyoming. Their home opener is Sept. 25 against Oregon State, the lone remaining marquee game on the schedule.

They're led by Moore, the calm, humble Heisman Trophy candidate who tossed three touchdown passes against the Hokies on an off night.

Moore was 4-for-5 on the game-winning drive.

"He's kind of in his element there, when we're going fast and there's a lot of chaos going on," coach Chris Petersen said. "He's a very calm guy. ... When you've got a big-time quarterback, they're going to show up pretty good in those situations."


NOTES, QUOTES

--The attendance at FedEx Field was 86,587, the second-largest crowd in Boise State history.
--Senior wide receiver Austin Pettis' game-winning touchdown catch was the school-record 31st of his career.
--Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is 27-1 in his career, with a one-point loss to TCU in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads Wyoming 4-0 (last meeting, 2007, 24-14 Boise State).

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Broncos weren't quite clicking against Virginia Tech, but they still amassed 33 points, 383 yards and 168 rushing yards. Quarterback Kellen Moore might be the best college quarterback in the country and coach Chris Petersen said wide receiver Austin Pettis is as "clutch" as any player in the country. Throw in a stable of running backs -- including D.J. Harper, who had a 71-yard TD run -- and you've got a potent offense.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Broncos' secondary had some issues in coverage against Virginia Tech, but the line was terrific. The Broncos held Hokies star tailback Ryan Williams to 44 yards and limited the Hokies to 314 yards. They also registered three sacks, including 2.5 by end Shea McClellin. They did all of that with some health problems that affected four starters.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I was a little nervous. Everyone's nervous at that point, but at the same time you're excited. These are the types of opportunities you play for, to be in these situations." - Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, on the game-winning drive.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

THIS WEEK'S GAME: Bye -- The Broncos are off until Sept. 18, when they play at Wyoming.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Broncos have had trouble with the trip to Laramie in the past. It's a difficult place to play. The game will be even more difficult this year coming off a big win and having a ton of scrutiny on the team. The Broncos still need to clean up a lot of mistakes and keeping their focus on that will be critical.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

RB Doug Martin -- He received 12 of the 21 tailback carries in his first game as the designated starter. He rushed for 83 yards, an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

DE Shea McClellin -- He was expected to have a breakout year and he didn't disappoint in the opener. He collected 2.5 sacks.

WR Austin Pettis -- He caught two red-zone touchdown passes, which is his specialty, against Virginia Tech. He has a school-record 31 TD grabs in his career.

ROSTER REPORT:

--Linebacker Derrell Acrey, the co-starter at middle linebacker, didn't play because of an ankle injury.

--Sophomore wide receiver Mitch Burroughs won the punt return job.

--Junior Nate Potter started at left tackle instead of left guard, where he practiced most of the year, so backup center Joe Kellogg could start at left guard.




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