Boise State Ends Season On High Note

Boise State shut down #19 Utah last night in the Las Vegas Bowl 26-3 to cap a historic season for the Broncos that resulted in several historic school achievements and NCAA records.

Boise State's football team did last night in the Las Vegas Bowl what Alabama, California, USC, Tulsa, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Navy, Fresno State and Southern Mississippi could not do—beat Utah in a bowl game.

Boise State became the third team since 1898 to win 12 or more games in three consecutive years, joining Oklahoma (2002-2004) and USC (2003-2005). However, the Sooners and Trojans did not win as many games in three years. Boise State broke the modern record last night with their 38th win since 2008 last night. The Broncos are behind four legendary teams from college football's early years--Pennsylvania (43-1 from 1895-1897), Yale (42-1-2 from 1894-1896), Yale (41-2 from 1898-1890) and Pennsylvania (39-4 from 1892-1894). Coach Chris Petersen's team also broke the modern record for wins in a five-year period, as the Broncos are 61-5 since Petersen took over. Nebraska (60-3 from 1993-1997) and Oklahoma (60-7 from 2002-2004) were the existing record holders since Boise State came along. Boise State also tied Nebraska's modern record for most wins in a seven-year period. Nebraska was 81-8 from 1993-1999 while the Broncos were 81-10 from 2004-2010.

Boise State broke modern records last year for the most wins in an eight-year period and the most wins in a 10-year period. With the slew of marks this year, the Broncos now own the modern records for most wins in 3 years, 5 years, 7 years, 8 years, 10 years, 11 years and 12 years.

Doug Martin's electrifying 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter ignited Boise State and the Broncos went on to shut down #19 Utah 26-3 for Boise State's 12th win of the season against a lone setback and moved their three-year record to 38-2. The Bronco senior class finished their collective careers with a sizzling record of 51-2. It was a sloppy first quarter in which the Broncos committed three turnovers but was able to stay within three points thanks to a dominating defense. But Martin burst up the middle through a hole, cut left, ran through would-be tacklers and was off down the sidelines to paydirt.

The run seemed to wake up a lethargic Bronco offense that finally found its rhythm. "It was huge," Moore said. "We hadn't been executing at a high level with our offense. Anytime you get a one play drive that results in a touchdown it's a huge momentum swing and it gets everyone going." Moore began finding holes in the Ute secondary and guided the Broncos down the field to the Utah 12, where Kyle Brotzman set an NCAA record with his 29-yard field goal. Brotzman set the career mark for points (he now has 439), breaking Art Carmody of Louisville's (2004-2007) record of 433. Moore also found Tyler Shoemaker for a 25-yard TD pass right before the half that gave the Broncos a 16-3 lead.

Moore dissected the Utah secondary like a fine surgeon, hitting 28-of-38 passes, 12 of those going to sensational senior wide receiver Austin Pettis. The pair hooked up for an 18-yard score in the third quarter that gave Pettis 39 career touchdown catches, tying Braylon Edwards of Michigan and Greg Jennings of Western Michigan for 10th place in the history of college football. Pettis raced past Ryan Ikebe (2,751 career yards) and finished with 2,838. Pettis not only broke Don Hutt's 37-year old school record of 30 but shattered it by nine. Titus Young hauled in six Moore passes for 64 yards and Shoemaker finished with five receptions for 89 yards. Young, who already shattered Ikebe's school record earlier this season, became Boise State's first player to top 3,000 career receiving yards, finishing his brilliant career with 3,063.

The two superstar senior Bronco receivers who worked perfectly together set the standard for receiving tandems. I will go so far as to say they were the best two receivers in school history. The importance of them happening to play at the same time can not be overstated. Pettis and Young fittingly finished the 2010 season with 71 receptions each. The pair that helped bring so much success to Boise State will forever be linked with the fifth-highest season reception total at Boise State.

Moore just missed the all-time NCAA record for season passing efficiency with a 182.6. That is behind only Ryan Dinwiddie of Boise State (188.18), Colt Brennan of Hawai'i (186.0) and Shaun King of Tulane (183.3). Moore is currently fifth in career passing efficiency with one season to go. He has a 166.7 rating, behind only Sam Bradford of Oklahoma (175.6), Tim Tebow of Florida (170.8), Boise State's Dinwiddie (168.9) and Brennan (167.7). Moore accumulated 3,813 yards of total offense this season, which ranks second in Boise State history. Moore now owns the #2, #4 (3,531 yards in 2009) and #5 (3,456 yards in 2008) marks at Boise State. He is also #2 all-time in passing yards for a season with 3,545 and also ranks #3 (3,536 yards last year) and #4 (3,486 yards in 2008). The popular Bronco junior already has set career marks for both passing yards (10,867), total offense, career passing attempts (1,219), career completions (831), games with over 200 yards passing (34) and career TD passes (99).

Moore is 12th in NCAA history, in fact, in career touchdown passes. With 36 next season, he will break Graham Harrell's all-time mark.

Martin led the Bronco ground game with 147 yards on just 17 carries while senior Jeremy Avery had 55 yards on 12 attempts. Martin went over the 1,000-yard mark last week and finished the season with 1,260. That places Martin #6 in Bronco history behind Ian Johnson (1,713 in 2006), Brock Forsey (1,611 in 2002), Cedric Minter (1,526 in 1978), K.C. Adams (1,275 in 1994) and Chris Jackson (1,273 in 1987). Thanks to his Vegas Bowl performance, Martin capped off the season with 6.41 yards per carry and just missed breaking the school record. John Smith holds that with a 6.6 average (87 carries for 572 yards) in 1973 and Avery is second with a 6.5 average last season. Avery finished his brilliant career with a 5.71 yards-per-carry average, which is 4th in Boise State history. Smith (6.2 from 1972-1975), Jackson, 5.97 in 1986-87) and Minter (5.95 from 1977-1980) are the only Broncos with a better career average.

Utah finished the season with a record of 10-3 and saw their nine-game bowl winning streak come to an end. The Utes had beaten Navy and California in the Poinsettia Bowl, Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl, Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl, Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, Southern Mississippi in the Liberty Bowl and Fresno State and USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State proved to be too tough of an opponent, however, and although Utah battled splendidly, the depth of the Broncos proved too much in the end.

Quarterback Terrance Cain challenged the Boise State defense with his quickness and scrambling ability. But even with that thread, the high-powered Utah offense could manage only 200 total yards and their only points of the game came after a Moore fumble at the Bronco 19. Cain finished with 10-24 for 93 yards and Eddie Wide was Utah's top rusher with 34 yards.

Boise State finishes the 2010 season with a 3-1 record against Top 25 teams, having beaten Virginia Tech, Utah and Hawai'i.

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