Boise State Sets Modern Record with 50-3 Mark

The Las Vegas Bowl crowd was treated to fireworks prior to the game last night between Boise State and Arizona State. The fireworks didn't end there.

From the opening kickoff, one had a feeling this would be a special night for Doug Martin. From the moment 24 distinguished Broncos first took the field four years ago in Boise, people around them sensed they were special. People around the nation were in awe of how a team that had been snubbed for a BCS Bowl could thorougly dominate a team that defeated USC and played Oregon down to the wire.

It was that kind of night for Boise State as the Broncos defeated Arizona State 56-24 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Martin established a Vegas Bowl record as he took the opening kickoff, surged through an opening up the middle, cut to the sideline and was off for a 102-yard kickoff return. Martin had a phenomenal night, gaining 301 yards in all-purpose rushing (including a game-leading 151 rushing yards) to set a Boise State record, eclipsing the 292 yards that Brock Forsey gained against Northern Iowa in 2000.

Quarterback Kellen Moore completed 26-of-34 passes for 293 yards to cap his best season as a Bronco and lead Boise State to its 50th win in the last four years against just three defeats. That's the best performance by any senior class in college football since 1900, when Pennsylvania wrapped up a four-year stint from 1897-1900 with a sparkling 55-2 mark. Boise State lost those three games by a combined five points and never trailed by more than seven points at any time in the four years.

Moore extended his own NCAA record with 50 wins as a starting quarterback, shattering Colt McCoy's mark of 45. Moore broke another NCAA mark for the lowest career interception percentage (1.688%) with a minimum of 1,050 attemts. That edged out Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, who threw just 34 interceptions in 2,010 attempts (1.692%). Billy Volek of Fresno State holds the record for fewer than 1,050 attempts with 1.3%.

Moore also broke several career school records with his performance. He finished his Boise State career with an passing efficiency rating of 168.87, beating the school mark of 168.79 held by Ryan Dinwiddie. Moore finished his career with 1,157 completions out of 1,659 attempts, a percentage of 69.74%. That broke Taylor Tharp's career mark of 67.9% and fell just shy of the NCAA record of 70.4% set by Colt Brennan of Hawai'i. The career interception percentage of course broke a Boise State school record as well, previously held by Dinwiddie (2.1% from 2000-2003).

Jamar Taylor made one of the plays of the game as Arizona State tried to close the gap to 28-17 in the second half. ASU junior quarterback Brock Osweiler had his team on the three-yard line with a first and goal. But the stout Bronco defense stuffed three consecutive running plays. On fourth down, Osweiler threw a fade to the end zone. Taylor stepped in front of it and raced 105 yards into the end zone, effectively putting the game away. That broke Tasi Autele's school record, set when he had a 99-yard pick six against Montana in 1993.

Osweiler, who had to throw on nearly every down because of the score, completed 30-of-47 passes for 395 yards for two touchdowns. Gerrell Robinson had a great game for the Sun Devils with 13 catches for 241 yards and a score. Rashad Ross matched Martin's feat when he returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown, briefly giving his team new hope. Boise State held ASU to a negative 11 yards rushing, partially because of the score but also significantly because of stellar play on the defensive line.

Moore tied McCoy for 7th in college football history with his 1,157 career completions. He finished his four years at Boise State with school career records for yards (14,667), passing efficiency, completion percentage, lowest interception percentage, touchdown passes (142), 200-yard passing games (46), 300-yard passing games (16), completions (1,157) and attempts (1,659) and season records for TD passes (43), passing percentage (74.26%) and completions (326), all achieved his senior season, and lowest interception percentage (.69% in 2009, also an NCAA record).

Martin finished his career tied for second for the most 200-yard all-purpose games with four. Martin tied K.C. Adams (1994), Chris Jackson (1986-1987) and Cedric Minter (1977-1980) with his effort last night. The incredible senior running back finished the season with 1,299 yards, beating last season's total of 1,260. Martin was able to pass two of the best in school history for yards in a season--Jeremy Avery (1,151 yards in 2009) and Brock Forsey (1,207 yards in 2001).

Tyler Shoemaker had three receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown for Boise State, to finish his great career tied with Kipp Bedard for 14th with 126 receptions.

50-3. An amazing feat by the Boise State class of 2011, a record that could stand...well, until next year, when the Boise State class of 2012 can break it with an undefeated season.

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