Quarterback Kellen Moore was unshakable in connecting on
25-of-33 passes for three touchdowns and cornerback Brandyn Thompson had three
interceptions in a sterling defensive effort as #13
The Broncos made a strong statement in the ESPN
nationally-televised WAC showdown in running their home field record to 48-1
over the last 49 contests. The
photogenic Broncos are now 26-6 in ESPN games.
Coach Chris Petersen's team is now 17-0 at home when they are ranked in
the Top 25.
Hawai'i, whose front seven on defense have garnered a great reputation for their emotion, tenacity and physical play, was unable to rattle or affect freshman sensation Moore, who tied his career high with 25 completions and not only notched his sixth consecutive game of hitting 50 percent but burned the Rainbow Warrior secondary for 75.7% tonight. Kellen has 20 or more completions in four straight games. He now has 16 TD passes in six games and 11 over the last four.
Jeremy Avery (nine carries for 45 yards) nudged out Ian Johnson (12-41) for honors as the top rusher for
The storyline for the Bronco team, however, continues to be
the stinging, surging play of the defense.
Thompson had three of five interceptions of
Johnson and Thompson picked off Funaki on
Kyle Brotzman booted two field goals and set a career-high with an incredible 75-yards punt in the fourth quarter. Brotzman laid two punts down inside the 20, bringing his 2008 total to four and also hit his 90th consecutive point-after-touchdown.
The Broncos reached midseason as one of only nine unbeaten
teams in the country (6-0) while
Offensive Line: One of the youngest offensive lines in the nation continues to make progress. They opened holes for Avery and Johnson and their pass-blocking was nothing short of superb. They need to work on consistency, holding their run blocks longer and getting a stronger push downfield.
Quarterback: Kellen Moore sizzled on national television, showing the extreme poise, knowledge of the game and an uncanny ability to see the field in the heat of the moment. He did have one fumbled snap to prove he's human.
Running Backs: Jeremy
Avery had some nice runs, knifing his way through the Rainbow Warrior defense
or bouncing off a would-be tackler for a big gain. Ian Johnson began to charge through the line
and drag tacklers with him the way he did his first two years at
Receivers: The Bronco receivers caught nearly everything in sight, with only a couple of dropped passes. They ran good routes and generated yards after the catch. Their blocking was generally solid, especially when it was a key ingredient to a particular play's success.
Defensive Line: A splendid performance in shutting down the running game and harassing Funaki all night. The five sacks are the most by a Bronco team in quite a while.
linebackers held their ground and were also a big factor in keeping
Secondary: What more can
you say about the Bronco defensive backfield and the job Coach Marcel Yates has
done? Yates has the Broncos prepared
each week and they've made a name for themselves with their hard-hitting
physical style of play and tonight the five interceptions. This Bronco group is quite possibly the best
secondary ever to play for
Special Teams: Brotzman was 2-4 in field goals but brilliant punting the ball. Doug Martin had a career-high 29 yard kickoff return. Jason Robinson had two consecutive "Boom!" hits on kickoff coverage and could win the Hammer Award. The kickoff coverage was probably the best of the season for the Broncos.