Boise State Throttles Hawai'i

Records fell by the wayside as Boise State turned in a dominating performance to beat a Hawai'i team just 1 spot outside of the top-25 rankings 42-7 this afternoon in Bronco Stadium. Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore broke two school marks and wide receiver Austin Pettis set another. (Note: Photos are courtesy of All rights reserved.)

Boise State throttled #26 Hawai'i 42-7 in a record-setting performance this afternoon in Bronco Stadium.  Heisman Trophy hopeful Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns despite only playing three quarters and the Bronco defense held high-octane Hawai'i 244 yards below their season average in the victory.  

Coach Chris Petersen's Broncos advanced to 8-0 this season and are now one of just four teams in the nation to remain unbeaten.  Boise State is trying to go undefeated for the third year in a row, the fourth time in the last five years and the fifth time in the last seven seasons.  

Hawai'i Coach Greg McMackin said:  "I give all the credit to Boise State . I think they deserve the ranking they have. That's the best team we have played. They are what they are advertised. Offensively, defensively, they are as advertised."  


The achievements were many:  

  • Boise State tied a school record with its 22nd-straight victory, the longest streak in the country.
  • The Bronco offense set a school record with 737 yards despite playing the reserves for most of the fourth quarter.
  • Boise State 's defense shut out Hawai'i for three quarters, despite the fact that the Rainbow Warriors came into the game averaging 39 points a game.  They scored 36 on USC in the season opener. 
  • Coming into the game, Hawai'i quarterback Bryant Moniz had engineered his team to a six-game winning streak in leading the nation in passing yards with 360 per game.  The tough Bronco defense sacked him seven times and held him to 127 yards passing. 
  • Hawai'i was held to 196 total yards.  They came into the game averaging 492.
  • Hawai'i 's Greg Salas came into the game as the #2 receiver in the nation.  The Bronco defense limited Salas to two catches for 10 yards. 
  • Moore set a school record in career touchdown passes, eclipsing Ryan Dinwiddie's mark of 82.  Moore now has 85 in his three-year Bronco career.
  • Moore broke another school record with his 29th 200-yard passing game, a record previously held by Bart Hendricks (1997-2000).  Moore is now in third for most 300-yard passing games with eight, passing Jim McMillan, who recorded 7 from 1971-1974.
  • Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis broke a 37-year old school record with his second reception of the game.  Pettis bested Don Hutt's career receiving record of 189 that had stood since 1973 and now has 196 career catches.
  • Pettis moved into fifth place on the career receiving yards list with 2,451, passing Terry Hutt (1973-74 and 1976-77) and Mike Holton (1972-74 and 1976), who both finished with 2,354 yards.
  • Moore moved into second place all-time with 9,394 passing yards to pass Hendricks (9,020) and Tony Hilde, who had 9,107 from 1993-1996.
  • Moore is now fourth all-time in total offense with 9,335 yards.   He passed Jared Zabransky, who amassed 9,119 from 2003-2006.
  • Moore 's 507 passing yards were the third-most in school history behind Ryan Dinwiddie's 532 and 509.
  • Moore 's 30 completions this afternoon are tied for fourth all-time in a single game.
  • Senior receiver Titus Young became the fourth Bronco to top 2,500 receiving yards.  Young now has 2,597 in his career, good for third all-time in passing Lou Fanucchi (2,554 yards from 1999-2002).
  • Moore completed 19 straight passes during the game, just four shy of the all-time NCAA record.
  • Senior safety Jeron Johnson moved into sole possession of 15th place on Boise State 's all-time tackles list.  Johnson now has 287 in his career to tie him with College Football Hall of Famer Randy Trautman (1978-1981).


"We are [feeling really good about it]," Coach Petersen said.  "It was a complete team effort.  All three phases were good. We have tremendous respect for Hawai'i , they are playing great. We just happened to be hitting on all cylinders today and I'm glad, because we need to do that to do what we want to do."  

Moore finished the game 30-37 with touchdown passes of 12 yards to Tyler Shoemaker, 43 yards to Austin Pettis and a career long of 83-yards to Titus Young.  The beautiful pitch and catch was the ninth-longest scoring play in school history.  Pettis finished with eight catches for 122 yards, Shoemaker enjoyed another great game with five grabs for 117 yards and Young finished just shy of the century mark with five catches for 99 yards.  

The Bronco coaching staff threw a no-huddle offense at Hawai'i 's aggressive defense early and it threw them off guard.  "It was nice to get that no huddle going," Moore said.  "Obviously I think everyone knows I love the thing.  It just kind of presented itself.  We had a few extra days to prepare for it, be able to rep in that no-huddle situation and get guys more comfortable with it."  

Senior Jeremy Avery led the Bronco ground game with 92 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries as Boise State ran for 230 yards and averaged 5.6 yards a carry.  Avery scampered in from 14 yards out, shot through a gap for a 4-yard score to give the Broncos a 21-0 lead and ran in from 19 yards out in the fourth quarter.  Today's game marked the fifth straight game in which Avery has scored a touchdown.  

"We didn't quit," said McMackin.  "I thought our guys played hard, but usually when you win the turnover battle, it's a little closer than that. Probably it was closer because we did win the turnover battle.  Shoot, they could have had a lot more points."  

Boise State held high-flying Hawai'i to 11 first downs and 45 net rushing yards.  Hawai'i averaged 4.3 yards per passing attempt.  Junior safety George Iloka noted:  "Hopefully we silenced the critics for one more week. I felt like we did a pretty good job out there. The d-line was getting after it for four quarters, and it really helped us out a lot. But I feel like we played well the whole game."  

Hawai'i 's Mana Silva snared two interceptions to tie him for the all-time career interceptions record with 13.  Silva ties Keone Jardine and Kevin Millhouse and has an interception in five of his last six games.  

Moniz finished the game 17-28 passing with a long completion of 22 yards. Moniz was harassed constantly by Boise State's fierce pass rush. Shea McClellin, left, had two of the seven Bronco sacks.  Talented running back Alex Green bolted 54 yards for Hawai'i 's touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the game.  That run enabled Green to over 100 with 111 yards on 10 carries and gives him a team-leading 13 on the season.  Bradley and Dustin Blount each had six catches to lead the receiving corps.  Prior to the game against Boise State , Salas had recorded no fewer than seven catches in a game.  He was able to extend his streak of catching at least one pass in 37 consecutive games.  

Boise State won its 22nd-straight game at home and its 60th regular season game in a row.  Princeton (75 in a row from 1887-1900) and Miami of Florida (69 consecutive from 1885-1996) are the only teams ahead of the Broncos in NCAA history.  

Boise State travels to Idaho next week in what should be a hard-fought game. The Vandals need a win to keep their hopes alive for a second consecutive bowl game.

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