Boise State Blanks Spartans 48-0

The Bronco Express continued to roll last night in San Jose, as Boise State topped the Spartans 48-0. Kellen Moore hit 14-of-16 passes in the first half to spark the Broncos to a 41-0 halftime lead and the tough Boise State defense did their job from there. (Note: Reproduction of the photo is strictly prohibited without permission of Foto.208, which holds copyright ownership.)

Boise State once again used a great start to put away San Jose State 48-0 last night in San Jose and bring the reserves in early.

Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore was a sizzling 14-16 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before donning a cap and signaling plays in from the sidelines in the second half. Moore is now the runaway national leader in passing efficiency with a rating of 190.35 to easily outdistance Auburn's Cam Newton (180.53). Kellen is on pace to break Ryan Dinwiddie's school record of 188.18 set in 2002.

Moore completed an 18-yard pass on the opening offensive play of the game to Kyle Efaw, which was Moore's 650th career completion to tie the junior with Bart Hendricks for the school record. Hendricks completed 650 passes during his career (1997-00). Moore broke the record when he completed a 12-yard pass to Titus Young. Moore also moved within two TD passes of tying Ryan Dinwiddie's school mark of 82. His 231 yards marked the 27th time in his career he has surpassed the 200-yard mark for passing yards in a game. He is just one game short of the all-time Boise State record of 28 set by Hendricks (1997-00).

Young and Doug Martin scored two touchdowns apiece in their limited action to help extend Boise State's nation-leading winning streak to 20 and its regular season winning streak to 31.

Highly successful Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen refused to get sucked in to all the talk surrounding his team, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) talk, and postseason bowl games. "It will mean something December 6th," Petersen said. "That's when the rankings mean something. Every week something happens, someone else goes down. It doesn't mean anything right now to us. It means something to everybody else out there. It gives them something to talk about. We're just going back to work."

The Spartans, meanwhile, lost to their fifth ranked opponent this season. San Jose State was also on the schedule of Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah and Nevada earlier this season. Coach Mike MacIntyre said the Broncos place right up there with any team he's seen this year.

"You can't penalize them for who they play," MacIntyre said. "If they beat everybody, that's who they play. We're not a very good football team so I don't know how we help their ranking and all. They are a very, very good football team. If they keep winning on out, they deserve what they should get."

Boise State's 41-0 lead was the biggest deficit San Jose State has faced this season. The Broncos topped 500 yards of total offense before San Jose State could get to 100. Boise State finished with 537 yards to 80 for the Spartans. That was the lowest offensive production from a San Jose State team since also getting 80 in a 13-12 win over Stanford in 1971.

"They just destroyed us," MacIntyre said. "We had a good plan, we worked on it hard, and we practiced it. We couldn't block them. We couldn't block them and not many people have been blocking them. That's why they're the No. 1 defense in the country now."

Boise State scored touchdowns on its first three drives and averaged 10.6 yards per play in the first quarter. Martin scored his first touchdown on a 6-yard run after a fair catch interference call gave the Broncos the ball on the Spartan 36. Moore found Tommy Gallarda open for a 17-yard pass play that capped an 84-yard drive to make the score 14-0. After Young scored on a 17-yard reverse, Moore found Young for a 43-yard long ball, Aaron Tevis one-handed a pass and turned it into a 43-yard interception return and Jeremy Avery bounced in from 2 yards out, Boise State had a 41-0 lead with one minute remaining in the half.

San Jose State's biggest threat came when they were able to penetrate into Bronco territory midway through the second quarter. The drive stalled and Harrison Waid's 36-yard field goal try was blocked by Ryan Winterswyk.

Boise State's game was so complete that they registered 28 first downs to 6 for the Spartans, ran for 213 yards while holding their opponent to a negative 12 and gained 7.5 yards per play to 1.5 for San Jose State. The Spartans were 2-15 on third downs against a defense that returns to their #1 ranking in the nation. In six games, Boise State is allowing 59.33 rushing yards (#1), 150.83 yards through the air (fifth in the country) and 210.17 total yards per game.

Nine Broncos carried the ball and 10 players caught passes in the game in which everyone who made the trip played. Doug Martin once again led the ground game with 8 carries for 68 yards while Matt Kaiserman garnered 49 on 15 tries.

Young went over the century mark for the sixth time in his career with 7 receptions for 105 yards and the touchdown from Moore. Young has now caught a pass in 36-consecutive games for the third-longest active streak in the country. Only Colorado's Scotty McKnight (44) and East Carolina's Dwayne Harris (38) have caught passes in more consecutive games. Redshirt freshman Joe Southwick was a solid 8-13 for 83 yards in relief of Moore.

Jordan LaSecla was 7-of-16 passing for 74 yards. Brandon Rutley toted the ball 12 times for 19 yards while Jalal Beauchman led the receiving corps with 3 catches for 32 yards.

Boise State placekicker Kyle Brotzman, who needs to average over 11 points per game for the remainder of the season the break the all-time major college scoring record, was held without a field goal and made six of seven extra points. Brotzman now has 389 career points at Boise State, 6 points shy of tying Jason Elam's WAC record of 395 and 19 points away from tying the school record of 408 set by Brock Forsey. Brotzman did move up on the NCAA all-time scoring list to #16, passing Kris Brown of Nebraska (388), Leigh Tiffin of Alabama (385) and Pat McAfee of West Virginia and Oregon State's Alexis Serna (384 each).

Young moved into fourth place in school history with 166 career receptions, passing Ryan Ikebe, who had 162 from 1993-1996. Titus is 2 catches shy of #3 Jeremy Childs (2006-2008), 12 behind teammate Austin Pettis and 23 behind 37-year record holder Don Hutt (1970-1973). Young is 13th in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 161.17 per game.

The Broncos will get a well-deserved bye week before taking on Louisiana Tech Tuesday, October 26 in Bronco Stadium. The Spartans stay at home to take on rival Fresno State this Saturday.

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