Inside Slant: Boise State Football

The Broncos took a significant step between their first two games, cleaning up many of the mistakes that plagued them in the opener against Virginia Tech. Boise State whipped Wyoming 51-6 on Saturday. The Broncos led 17-0 after the first quarter and 31-0 early in the second. At that point, they had outgained the Cowboys 280 to minus-2..

The Broncos took a significant step between their first two games, cleaning up many of the mistakes that plagued them in the opener against Virginia Tech.

Boise State whipped Wyoming 51-6 on Saturday. The Broncos led 17-0 after the first quarter and 31-0 early in the second. At that point, they had outgained the Cowboys 280 to minus-2

All told, the Broncos racked up 648 yards -- fifth-most in school history -- and allowed 135 yards, the fewest by a Boise State opponent in nearly three years.

The Broncos have won 16 straight games.

"That's one of the things we always talk about is starting fast," coach Chris Petersen said. "The kids did a great job of preparing - we took this team very serious. We came out with great energy, great emotion."

The win set up a marquee showdown for the Broncos in their home opener Saturday against Oregon State. It will be the Broncos' first regular-season game on network TV.

"It's a big one," senior nickel Winston Venable said.


NOTES, QUOTES

--Boise State has won 13 straight true road games and 15 of its past 16 games away from home.

--The Broncos are 14-1 against the current Mountain West teams since joining the FBS in 1996.

--Boise State is one of just three teams that haven't played a home game yet.

GAME BALL GOES TO: TB Doug Martin -- In his second game as the starter, he carried 17 times for 105 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 40 yards. A huge chunk of his yardage came after contact.

KEEP AN EYE ON: DE Shea McClellin -- He had 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss in the opener and followed that with a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Wyoming. He missed most of the game with a concussion.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I thought our O-line did a nice job in the run game of being really physical. I thought that was a physical game by us." -- Boise State coach Chris Petersen.


STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The Broncos completely dominated the Cowboys in the trenches, outrushing them 275 to minus-21. It was clear in the opener that the Broncos had an exceptional defensive line. That group recorded eight tackles for loss against Wyoming. The offensive line might have been even more impressive. The Broncos averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 55 attempts -- and they did it without a run of 20 yards or more.

STILL NEEDS WORK: Special teams penalties have haunted the Broncos early in the season. Against Virginia Tech, a penalty allowed the Hokies a second chance on fourth down that resulted in a touchdown. Against Wyoming, a block in the back wiped out a terrific punt return for a touchdown.


ROSTER REPORT:

--DE Shea McClellin left the game with a concussion. His status is unknown.

--WR/PR Mitch Burroughs sustained an ankle injury. The severity is not known. If he's out long-term, the Broncos may need to scrap plans to redshirt Kirby Moore.

--K Trevor Harman made his debut as the kickoff specialist. Harman had missed nearly all of fall camp with an injury.

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