Just when they needed it most, Boise State got a dominating win against Hawai'i and came away from the islands with something few teams can claim--a win. Matt Kaiserman rushed for 122 yards and his first collegiate touchdown and Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore fired a career-high five TD passes to lead the Bronco offense and Boise State's defense forced six Warrior turnovers.
A resurgent BoiseState football
team finally got the big win they had been hoping for the last three weeks and
found yet another weapon in the process.
Hawai'i is a
place that traps most teams—lulls them into sleep in perfect weather
conditions and an exotic tropical atmosphere.Last night, BoiseState avoided
the trap with a convincing 54-9 win over the Warriors in Honolulu.
Redshirt freshman Matt Kaiserman from Nampa's SkyviewHigh
the kind of effort Bronco coaches expect from their tailbacks, breaking out for
an amazing 122-yard performance that featured dozens of broken tackles, 23
carries and a style reminiscent of former BoiseState great
Brock Forsey, another Boise area
When Kaiserman wasn't ripping the arms
of Hawai'i defenders
apart, Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore was striking the Warrior defense
with precision passes and long bombs.Moore finished
18-of-30 for 223 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes.Moore began the
day #6 in ESPN's race of Heisman contenders and elevated his status with a
defining night.Moore, the
nation's #1 passer, has now launched 21 scoring strikes with just two
"We're really proud of how we came
out here. It's a totally different environment than we are used to," Moore said.
"If you relax too much, you get into the vacation atmosphere. I think we
Meanwhile, the Bronco defense returned
to the form displayed in the win over Top 10 Oregon earlier in the season,
forcing six turnovers that led to 30 BoiseState points.Safety Jeron Johnson led an opportunistic Bronco defense with two
interceptions, including one in the end zone, and a fumble recovery on Hawai'i's
get one, you want to get another one," Johnson said. "You get two, you
want to get another. That's how it was all night. We just kept fighting, trying
to get the ball."
had battled Idaho
throughout a road contest last week, suffered their worst loss since losing by
46 to #1 USC to open the 2005 campaign.
"Things piled on us early," Hawaii coach
Greg McMackin said.
Bryant Moniz, who started the season as the third-string quarterback, started his third
straight game but suffered a concussion in the first quarter and was replaced by
needed a big victory for ourselves," Moore said.
"We certainly feel we didn't play up to our potential the last two weeks,
and I think we can feel pretty good about our performance and got at it on both
sides of the ball and we're excited about that."
with a fake punt in
territory early in the first quarter as punter Kyle Brotzman tossed a 28-yard
pass to Jason Robinson that kept the drive alive.Moore then sucked the
Warrior defense to him on a fourth-and-2 from the Hawai'i 45 and then dumped a
pass to Tyler Shoemaker who ran untouched into the end zone to give Boise State
a 10-0 lead.
got the Warriors moving in the quarter, leading a drive to the Boise State 14.But Johnson made a superb interception in the end zone.The Broncos capitalized with five quick plays that resulted in a 24-yard
touchdown pass from Moore to Titus Young.Pettis fired a perfect
28-yard pass to Kyle Efaw to aid the Bronco cause.
also snatched a 10-yard TD pass to put BoiseState up 31-0
with left in the half. And the Broncos weren't done yet. Hunter White picked off a pass just moments later and Kyle Brotzman nailed a 28-yard
field goal to give BoiseState a 34-0
halftime advantage.Brotzman ended
the night with a career-high four field goals.
White intercepted a pass by Austin, leading to Kyle Brotzman's 28-yard field goal
that gave the Broncos a 34-0 lead at halftime.
Jeremy Avery complemented Kaiserman's effort with 72 yards rushing on just 11
carries.Young finished with eight
catches for 115 yards and three TD's but a late-game celebration penalty that
drew the ire of his coaches overshadowed his performance.
advanced to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with the key
BoiseState's win enabled them to
achieve several historic marks.Win
#7 assured the Broncos of a winning season, their 12th in 14 seasons
at the major college level.That
gives BoiseState an 85.7 percentage as they
became just the fourth school in college football history to top 85.5% (The
others are Michigan, OhioState and Alabama.)
became just the sixth team in history to win seven consecutive games in eight
consecutive seasons.BoiseState is now one of just 16
schools to win seven or more games in each year of a decade and they are the 22nd
team since 1920 to win seven or more games in 11 consecutive seasons.
Broncos return home for the first time in a month when they host a gutsy San JoseState team in Bronco Stadium
next Saturday afternoon.