Broncos dominate Fresno State... Again

Boise State's dominance of Fresno State reached new levels on Oct. 7 as the Broncos scored the first 50 points in a 57-7 win. The Broncos won for the sixth straight year in the Milk Can rivalry and, before a fourth-quarter punt return, had scored 111 straight points against the Bulldogs dating to 2009.

The Broncos built a 37-point halftime lead, didn't allow a first down until the final seconds of the first quarter and forced four turnovers on defense. They also blocked a punt.

"We wanted to let the nation know what we can do," sophomore cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton said. "We wanted to set the tone and put a stamp of where we belong."

The Broncos played well in all phases and had their cleanest performance of the season. The offense had stumbled against Nevada and the defense let up after halftime against Tulsa the two previous weeks.

"I definitely think it was a complete win," senior nickel Hunter White said. "There's so many things we can get better at but when you play a game like this, it's a good feeling. We're putting stuff together. We're getting better every week, and we've still got to get better next week."

NOTES, QUOTES
--Boise State has held at least a 20-yard advantage in field position in three straight games. They were helped against Fresno State by four turnovers and a blocked punt. Those five plays led to 35 points.
--Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore earned his 43rd career win Friday night at Fresno State. That puts him in sole possession of second place in FBS history, two behind Colt McCoy of Texas. He passed Andy Dalton (TCU) and David Greene (Georgia).
--The Broncos have outscored opponents 175-33 with Moore in the game and 169-30 in the first three quarters. Opponents have scored 44 of their 74 points in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Matt Miller -- The redshirt freshman from Montana has moved into a tie for the team lead with 25 catches. He leads the team with 284 receiving yards and is third with 11.4 yards per catch. He's also tied for second with three TD catches. He made a diving touchdown catch, a tough catch over the middle on third down and a one-handed catch that was erased by penalty against Fresno.

LOOKING GOOD: The Broncos have outscored their opponents 118-16 in the first half this season and their past three opponents haven't scored before halftime. They led Fresno State 37-0 at intermission. "They came in here and just really took it to us early," Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. "It just started bad. We never really had a chance to get into a game plan."

STILL NEEDS WORK: Redshirt freshman kicker Dan Goodale missed a PAT, had a PAT blocked and banked a field goal through the uprights off the left upright. He is 2-for-2 on field goals but has missed four PATs this season. The Broncos haven't settled on him as the full-time kicker and may be tempted to try true freshman Jake Van Ginkel, who hasn't been as consistent as Goodale in practice.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We think he should've been out there all along. So it's good to have him back out there. ... You saw the one he should have had, and he comes back and makes a play. It's a work in progress." -- Boise State coach Chris Petersen, on the season debut of WR Geraldo Boldewijn

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES:
--Sophomore WR Geraldo Boldewijn made his season debut after a four-game suspension for NCAA violations related to impermissible benefits. The Broncos' tallest and fastest wide receiver made three catches, two for touchdowns, and dropped what would have been a third touchdown. --Sophomore cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton has started two games in his career and led the team in tackles in both of them. He made nine tackles against Fresno State. --Senior nickel Hunter White set up touchdowns with a forced fumble and a blocked punt against Fresno.

ROSTER REPORT
--Fullback Dan Paul and center Thomas Byrd -- both senior starters -- did not play. Paul hasn't played this season and Byrd has missed three straight games. Byrd traveled with the team and is getting close to a return.
--Senior Cory Yriarte made his second straight start at center. Sophomore Matt Paradis, who also has a start, played, too. Junior Brenel Myers made an appearance at right guard.
--Junior wide receiver and punt returner Chris Potter didn't make the trip. He was injured two weeks ago on a punt return when he was hit in the midsection. He should be back next week.




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