Boise State was not able to give voters any fuel for lowering the Broncos in the polls. The Broncos brought their "A" game to Las Cruces, New Mexico and shut out New Mexico State 59-0 despite emptying their roster beginning in the first quarter.
Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore hit 13 of 18 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns in very limited action as the Broncos built a 24-0 first quarter lead. Doug Martin ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and also caught a 28-yarder from Moore for another score.
Boise State scored on their first five possessions and scored 21 points off three Aggie turnovers to build a 38-0 lead at the half. Quarterback Mike Coughlin started the onslaught with a 15-yard run and redshirt freshman Joe Southwick connected with Chris Potter for a 78-yard scoring play in the third. The scoring pass was the first TD pass in Southwick's career and the first touchdown for Potter Senior Jarvis Hodge, who scored his first career touchdown against Wyoming, had a brilliant 54-yard run to the end zone in the final minutes. Jeremy Avery also gained 69 yards on eight carries.
Wide receiver Titus Young, who led all receivers with five catches for 69 yards despite little playing time, has now caught a pass in 34 consecutive games. Only Colorado's Scotty McKnight (41) and Dwayne Harris of East Carolina (35) have longer active streaks. Tight end Kyle Efaw caught scoring passes of 41 and 26 yards. Austin Pettis also had five receptions for 30 yards for the Broncos and passed Jeremy Childs for #2 all-time at Boise State. Pettis has 171 career receptions to 168 for Childs and is now 18 catches shy of breaking the 30-year old record of 189 set by Don Hutt.
The Bronco defense, #1 in the nation, held New Mexico State to 208 total yards and 11 first downs. Reserve Mike Atkinson, who also had a sack, forced a fumble that he recovered and senior Ryan Winterswyk intercepted the first pass of his career after a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage by Shea McClellin..
Kyle Brotzman scored 10 points for the Broncos, including a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Boise State won its 18th-straight game and increased its regular season winning streak to 29.
Moore improved his record as a starter to 30-1 and is now #31 in NCAA history. He passed Vince Young of Texas, Missouri's Chase Daniel and Doug Flutie of Boston College with Boise State's win last night. The junior from Prosser, Washington went over the 8,000-yard mark in career passing yards (8,091) and trails Jared Zabransky (2003-2006) by 165 yards for fourth place all-time at Boise State. Moore now has 75 career touchdown passes to trail Bart Hendricks by three scoring strikes for #2 in that category. Ryan Dinwiddie is the school record holder with 82.