In the battle that is perception, Boise State made a strong case for the #1 ranking with a dominating 51-0 victory over heralded rival Fresno State tonight in Bronco Stadium. No team in the nation has been able to defeat them in 24 straight games; few have been willing to play them.
to 4 first downs and 83 total yards for 58 minutes?Only in their dreams.
stop the Bulldogs in their tracks?Not
two teams, which are idle this week, could only sit back and watch as the
nation's most exciting offense and stop-you-cold defense put on an amazing
display for the entire nation in shutting out Fresno State 51-0 tonight in
entered the game averaging 400 yards and 35 points.
shunned by the voters all season long, looks to gain significantly in the polls
Sunday.If not, it is unimaginable
what they want to see from a team that has won 24 consecutive games and is
threatening to become the second team in the history of football to have five
undefeated seasons in seven years.
got all the pieces, I mean they really do. I think the truth of the matter is
people are scared to play them," FresnoStatecoach
Pat Hill said. "They don't want to play them. It's like last year when they
against TCU. They don't want to play against those types of teams. I'll say it.
I have no problem saying it. I'll take BoiseState
against anybody in the country."
players shattered three school records in one night.Heisman Trophy hopeful Kellen Moore broke one school mark for career
passing yards (9.943).He threw for
333 yards and four touchdowns to lead a Bronco offense that moved the ball at
dished out two touchdown throws each to star wide receivers Austin Pettis and
Titus Young.Young caught 8 passes
for 164 yards to break the school record for career receiving yards while Pettis
made sensational catches look like child's play.
ferocious front four made life tough for Bulldog quarterback Ryan Colburn.When Colburn wasn't being sacked (4 times), he was being hit, hurried
or harassed by a smothering defense that gave nothing to a very good FresnoState
football team.Colburn, who played
the entire game, was 6-23 against BoiseState's
first team, second team and third team defense.Dangerous running back Robbie Rouse, who came into the rivalry showdown
with 700 yards rushing in the last four games (including 286 vs. Louisiana Tech
and 217 against #18 Nevada), was held to less than 40 until the final drive of
"They're a very good
defensive football team. I don't think people give them the credit, to be
perfectly honest that they deserve in that sense," Colburn said.
"Their rank is every bit worth it."
Senior safety Jeron Johnson
advanced to #13 on BoiseState's career tackles list with four
jarring hits on the night.Johnson
has 296, passing Wes Nurse (294 from 2000-2003) and tying Dan Williams (296;
look up at the scoreboard with
to go told the skeptics all they needed to know about the BoiseState
had 4 first downs, 7 yards rushing and 83 total yards.The Bulldogs were able to drive the ball on the Bronco third unit but
still weren't able to score as time ran out.
team is the real deal. ... I hope they can make it to the big dance because they
deserve it in my mind," Hill said. "I feel I can say that. We've
played against some pretty darn good football teams in my time. Never have we
been manhandled like that."
Kyle Brotzman moved into history as well.With
his field goal shortly before halftime, Brotzman passed running back Brock
Forsey for the school record for career points.Brotzman is now #6 in NCAA history with 418 points.In addition to Forsey, Brotzman passed #7 Taurean Henderson
Tech (414 points), #8 Billy Bennett of Georgia
(409) and #10 Cedric Benson of Texas
(404).With 16 more points, Brotzman
can become the top kick scorer in college football history.That spot is held by Louisville's
Art Carmody, who scored 433.
completed 27 of 38 passes on the evening and passed Bronco great Ryan Dinwiddie
(9.819 passing yards from 2001-2003).The
junior signal-caller has smashed four career records this season (touchdown
passes with 92, completions with 759, 200-yard games with 31 and now passing
yards).Moore's 42-yard strike to
Young in the second quarter put the Bronco senior receiver (2,836 career
receiving yards) over previous #1 Ryan Ikebe (2,751 yards from 1993-1996) for
that record.Pettis added 10 catches
for 93 yards, many of them of the spectacular variety, and scored on catches of
15 and 6 yards in the third quarter.Pettis
went over the 2,500-yard career receiving yard mark as well, passing Lou Fanucchi (2,554 from 1999-2002) for 4th place all-time.
moved into the single-season passing yards top 10 with 2,921, 6th
place all-time, passing Bart Hendricks (2,746 in 1999), Tony Hilde (2,787 in
1994) and Jim McMillan (2,900 in 1974).Kellen
also passed himself and Hilde (26 TD passes) for seventh in the race for
single-season touchdown passes.He
has 28 in this magical 2010 season.
"I've been very fortunate to play with
these guys," Moore said. "I feel like I say this a million
times, but I feel fortunate to have a good offensive line and some good
receivers who can make some plays."
Young now has 988 yards this season, moving
from 16th to 9th in single-season receiving yards.
advanced their season record to 10-0 (6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference)
with the victory.The Broncos and
clash in Reno
next Friday with the WAC title on the line.
Rouse picked up 37 of his 70 yards on Fresno State's final drive.
Fresno finished with nine first downs and 125 total yards thanks to their final drive which netted 42 yards. The Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) finish the regular season by hosting Idaho next weekend and Illinois December 4.