Boise State Soars Over Falcons 49-14

Boise State dismantled a talented Bowling Green team 49-14 in front of a sellout crowd last night in Ohio, giving the Broncos their fourth straight win this season. The Boise State defense shut down a renowned Bowling Green offense, holding them to 282 yards, most of which was gained long after the first unit left the field. (Photo by Foto208.--all rights reserved.)

A stout Boise State defense returned to form as the #8 Broncos exploded for a 49-14 win on the road against Bowling Green last night.

Bowling Green quarterback Tyler Sheehan, who had completed 68 percent of his throws this year and has thrown for over 6,400 yards in his career, couldn't get anything going against the Broncos' stingy pass defense.  Wide receiver Jimmy Barnes, who led the nation with 14 catches per game coming into the game and had 10 against Missouri , managed just four receptions for 24 yards.  Boise State now ranks fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

The Broncos, with their best regular-season ranking in school history, intercepted two Sheehan passes, giving them nine interceptions this season. Boise State is behind only SMU 's 11 interceptions for tops in the country.  The Broncos held Willie Geter, who had rushed for 99 yards against Missouri , to just 43 last night.

After a scoreless first quarter, Boise State ripped off 43 points in the next two quarters, inserting backups into the game midway through the second quarter and emptying their bench.    Quarterback Kellen Moore guided the Broncos to six scoring drives of four plays or less in separating themselves from the Falcons.

"On offense, that's always the name of the game," said Bronco head coach Chris Petersen, who said he wanted to see more big runs and explosive passes this week. "It makes it a lot easier when you don't have those 15- and 17-play drives."

Moore enjoyed the sixth best performance in school history, rifling passes with laser-like precision in completing 17-of-21 (80.95%) for 247 yards and two touchdowns.  Moore rocketed up the passing efficiency charts to #2 after his sizzling game.  The sensational sophomore threw for 195 yards in the second quarter alone, hitting eight consecutive passes at one point.  He now has 4,386 career total yards and moved into ninth all-time at Boise State .  Moore 's 4,418 career passing yards ranks seventh.

  It did not hurt that the improving Bronco offensive line didn't allow a sack and rarely did a Falcon lay a hand on Moore .  The hogs up front have allowed just two sacks in four games and lead the country in that department.  The Broncos amassed 549 yards of total offense against a team that was ahead of #19 Missouri two weeks ago 20-7 before falling in the final minutes 27-20

Boise State didn't score until a minute into the second quarter when receive Titus Young grabbed a pitch from Moore and scampered in from 18 yards out.

"Sometimes it just takes a minute for kids to get comfortable," Petersen said.

After a defensive stand, Doug Martin sprinted 34 yards down the right sideline, Brandyn Thompson alertly grabbed a tipped pass for a pick and Young scored 18 seconds after that. 

All that took just 2:27 .

"That's what they do," said Dave Clawson, Bowling Green 's first-year coach. "When they have 500 yards of offense, it will always be 10 to 12 plays where half their offense came from."

Tyler Shoemaker enjoyed his best game as a Bronco with 105 yards on four receptions while Young finished with six catches for 58 yards. 

Bowling Green opened the game with a seven-minute drive, but came up empty as Jerry Phillips missed a 29-yard field goal.

Boise State continued its surging running game despite the devastating loss of D.J. Harper, who went down in the Fresno State game with a season-ending knee injury.  Martin, a defensive back who has seven tackles this season, took Harper's spot and ran for 116 yards on 13 carries. Martin hardly looked like a back that had only seen limited action the last two seasons at running back.

"I felt pretty comfortable," Martin said. "That's what I've been doing since high school."

Jeremy Avery rushed for 92 yards, including a spectacular 71-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter that put Boise State comfortably ahead 36-0.  The Broncos picked up 267 rushing yards total.

Hunter White led the Bronco defense with seven tackles including one for a loss.  Safety Jeron Johnson had seven tackles and one of the two interceptions.  No less than 26 Broncos had at least one tackle as new faces entered the game nearly every series.

Thompson's interception in the second quarter marked the sixth consecutive game with a pick for the Broncos.

Sheehan finished 16-of-29 passing with just 137 yards for the Falcons.

Boise State advanced to 4-0 on the season and moved up to #5 in the nation in this morning's USA Today Coaches' Poll.  Bowling Green fell to 1-3.

The Broncos celebrate Homecoming Week Saturday with a contest against Petersen's alma mater, UC-Davis.

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