After a grueling 18-hour day that began with ESPN's Gameday, Bronco fans were glad for a 37-24 Boise State victory over Oregon State. Despite the 13-point win over the #24 Beavers, Boise State has plenty to work on this week. (Doug Martin photo is provided by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)
beat back a determined
team 37-24 last night in Bronco Stadium.
The #24 Beavers came into the game as 16-point underdogs but proved they
belong in the discussion for the Pac-10 Conference title.
Kellen Moore completed 19 of 27 passes for 288 yards
and three touchdowns and Doug Martin rumbled for 138 yards as the Bronco offense
moved the ball nearly at will. Titus Young was on the receiving end on five of
's throws for 136 yards and a 49-yard scoring reception.
Young, who ran wild for 288 all-purpose yards, leads
the nation with 208 yards per game this season.
Martin led the Broncos on their final drive of seven minutes with eight
carries that moved the chains and kept the OSU offense off the field.
The Boise State defense was tenacious from the opening drive in which
they recorded two sacks until the final gun sounded, harassing OSU quarterback
Ryan Katz and bottling up Jacquizz Rodgers, last year's Pac-10 Offensive Most
Valuable Player. Rodgers was held to
46 yards on 18 carries and a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter by the
Broncos, who rank second in the nation in rushing defense.
has allowed just 61.67 rushing yards per game despite facing one of the
top duos in the nation in Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams and Darren Evans and
now Rodgers. The aggressive
Bronco defense recorded four sacks and six tackles for loss and are now second in the country in that department.
A host of special teams errors and mental errors that
resulted in numerous penalties, however, gave Bronco Coach Chris Petersen plenty
of material to let his team know they have a long ways to go to be the kind of
team they want to be. Kyle Brotzman
booted three field goals and hit all four extra points to do his job.
Brotzman, who leads
the nation in field goals, now has 367 career points in his Bronco
career. Brotzman needs 41 to tie
Brock Forsey's school record of 408 and just 58 points to tie the all-time
NCAA record of 425
held by Kevin Kelly of
But eight penalties, bad coverage
on punts and kickoffs and a muffed punt by Young enabled the Beavers to stay
within striking range despite being outgained 469-237 in total offense.
Katz is rapidly gaining in confidence and is making great strides in
leading the OSU offense. He
completed 12 of 26 passes for 159 yards against one
of the top defenses in America.
James Rodgers gave the Beavers early confidence with a beautiful 54-yard punt return
for a score that tied the game at 7. He
was knocked out of the game early in the third quarter with an apparent
concussion. While Rodgers was
blocking for Katz on a scramble, Rodgers and
Winston Venable collided helmets as Venable dove to tackle Katz.
hard throughout for Head Coach Mike Riley but could never get closer than seven
points the rest of the way. The
third-ranked Broncos rolled to a 24-10 halftime lead and a 31-17 advantage in
the third quarter.
Jacquizz Rodgers' third-quarter touchdown temporarily put the outcome of the
game in jeopardy at 24-17, Martin broke free for a 55-yard run to set up a
21-yard touchdown pass.
the ensuing Beaver possession but Young mishandled the OSU punt.
Darrell Catchings then caught an ill-advised throw from Katz that should
have been intercepted by Bronco safety Jeron Johnson.
Johnson mistimed his leap and the ball sailed just over his head into the
waiting arms of Catchings. Catchings
fumbled when hit hard at the goal line but Beaver teammate Joe Halahuni
recovered the ball in the end zone.
within seven again at 31-24 but could not stop
running attack after that.
was able to emerge from the hard-fought game with their 57th
straight regular season home victory, their 28th straight regular
season win, their 27th straight home victory including bowl games and
their 17th consecutive win overall.
is one home win shy of becoming the fourth school in NCAA college
football history to win 58 regular season wins in a row.
holds the major
college record with 75 wins in a row from 1887-1900, while Miami of Florida won
67 in a row from 1985-1996 and
(1963-1982) put together a string of 58 consecutive regular season
The Broncos scored their third straight win over a
Pac-10 school and their fourth straight victory over a Top 25 team.
Boise State defeated Oregon 37-32 in Eugene and followed that up with a
19-7 victory over the Ducks last season in Boise and also downed #3 TCU 17-10 in
the 2010 Fiesta Bowl and #7 Virginia Tech 33-30 earlier this season.
passed BYU quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer, Byron Leftwich of
and Timmy Chang of
and is now 34th all-time with a record of 29-1 as a starter.
(25 career games with 200 passing yards) needs one more such game to tie
Tony Hilde for second in Bronco history. Bart Hendricks (1997-2000) is the school record holder with 28.
moved into a tie with Ibn Green of
(1996-1999) and Jordan Shipley of
(2006-2009) for 25th in NCAA history with his 33rd career
touchdown reception last night. Jarret
Dillard of Rice holds the all-time major college record with 60.
Pettis is two
catches shy of second place on Boise State's career receptions list and 23
Hutt (1970-1973), who has held the school mark of 189 receptions for 37 years.
Pettis passed Jeb Putzier (1998-2001) and Eric Andrade, a standout
mid-1980's, in career receiving yards. Pettis
moved into eighth place in the Bronco record book and now has 2,110 yards, 51
yards behind #7 Jay Swillie.
moving up on that latter list as well. Young's
TD reception last night gave him 19 and moved him into a ninth-place tie with
running back Brock Forsey, who snared 18 in his great career from 1999-2002.
Swillie (1999-2002), Putzier and Andrade are tied for sixth place with 19
their final season in the Western Athletic Conference with a road contest at
quest for a Pac-10 title Saturday in