Boise State Remains Perfect With 45-7 Win

Boise State cruised to win #8 without a loss on a memorable afternoon in Bronco Stadium, downing San Jose State 45-7. (Photo by Unauthorized use is prohibited and protected by law.)

Kellen Moore threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as #7 Boise State cruised past San Jose State 45-7 yesterday afternoon in Bronco Stadium.  It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Broncos with no defeats.

The Spartans had played Utah of the Mountain West Conference to a 7-7 tie into the fourth quarter, but were unable to stop the powerful Boise State offense and were held to 223 total yards by the Bronco defense.

Moore, who is the nation's most efficient passer, connected on 21-of-33 for 278 yards before giving way to junior Mike Coughlin early in the fourth quarter.  He has streaks of 21 games with a completion percentage of 60% or higher and 17 with multiple touchdown passes.  A definite highlight was a pass to the west sideline to brother Kirby Moore that resulted in a 61-yard touchdown and the game's first score.  It was Kirby's first collegiate touchdown. 

"When that happened on the sideline," Kirby said, "I think everyone just had a smile on their face."  "It's so hard to play Division I football and then to be able to do that with your brother is something that is really special. I just think that that's a special thing to play college football with your brother, and when you hook up for a big play like that, and hopefully they'll be many more down the road."

The Bronco defense ignited the charge with a forced fumble just prior to halftime that made it 24-7 and an interception by captain Kyle Wilson that he turned into a 27-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that sealed the deal at 38-7.  Wilson now has nine career interceptions and Boise State 's 13 picks this season rank ninth in the country.

With 1:35 left in the half, Moore found a wide-open Mitch Burroughs for an 18-yard score as Burroughs too caught his first touchdown pass as a Bronco.  One play after the ensuing kickoff, safety Jason Robinson stole the ball from Spartan running back LaMon Muldrow and Boise State had 23 seconds with which to work.  Moore hit Tyler Shoemaker with a 21-yard pass and dove from a yard out on the next play.

Ryan Winterswyk closed out the half with a brilliant sack of Spartan quarterback Jordan LaSecla for a career-high total of six this season.  The popular Bronco passed former greats Colt Brooks and Pete Kwiatkowski (now Winterswyk's defensive line coach) for ninth all-time at Boise State with 16 sacks.  Mike T. Williams is in eighth with 16.5.

Boise State finished with 430 yards of total offense.  Boise State is now just six points behind Texas and third in the nation averaging an even 41 points a game through eight contests.  Doug Martin came on late to lead the Bronco ground game with 63 yards, including an amazing 36-yard scoring run late in the fourth.  Jeremy Avery added 13 carries for 50 yards. 

Austin Pettis led the receiving corps with five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown while Kirby Moore finished with four receptions for 80 yards and the touchdown.  Pettis has now caught a pass in 32 straight games, has caught multiple passes in 16 straight games and has scored in all eight Bronco games this season.  The Bronco junior tied John "Super Needle" Smith for third with his 24th career touchdown catch.  Don Hutt, who has held the school record for 36 years with 30, is sitting on top while Ryan Ikebe is #2 with 27.

Pettis also passed former Bronco greats Jeb Putzier (1998-2001) and Lou Fanucchi (1999-2002) and moved into ninth all-time at Boise State with 131 career receptions.  He is just one behind Terry Hutt (1973-1977) for eighth.  Pettis also tied last year's output of nine TD catches and is tied for seventh all-time in that department.  He joins Jeremy Childs (2007), Rodney Smith (1997), Ikebe (1996), Eric Andrade (1987) and Don Hutt (1972).

Kellen Moore is closing in on several school milestones.  He passed Jared Zabransky for fourth all-time in career completions after a season and a half.  Moore now has 434 compared to Zabransky's 419.  #3 will be considerably tougher—Ryan Dinwiddie finished his fabulous career with 622.  Moore now has 5,391 career yards passing, about to overtake legendary Bronco Jim McMillan for fifth in the Bronco record books.  "Jimmy Mac" had 5,508.  Moore has 5,352 yards of total offense and passed Hazsen Choates for sixth.  Choates had 5,225 in his Bronco career.  McMillan is #5 there as well with 6,115 yards.

Moore is now seventh in career attempts with 632, passing Mike Virden (626) and Choates (613).  He also passed Tony Hilde (21 in 1996),  Bart Hendricks (22 in 1999) and Zabransky (23 in 2006) for eighth in career touchdown passes with 23.

 Aaron Tevis tied a  season-high with six tackles to lead Boise State 's defense while Jeron Johnson, Wilson and Byron Hout had five each.  Hout recorded his first sack of the season and also penetrated the Spartan backfield for two tackles for loss.

"I think our defense played really well again," said Bronco coach Chris Petersen.  "If you give up seven points a game you're doing well and they got turnovers and just really harassed those guys all night long.  I mean, those guys are heroes around here."

Kyle Brotzman connected on all six extra point tries and added a field goal and two punts inside the 20-yard line, including a 73-yarder.  The Broncos rank fourth in the country in net punting.  Brotzman tied Nick Calaycay for third in school history with his 45th career field goal.  The all-time record is held by Mike Black, who booted 51 from 1988-1991, while Tyler Jones is second with 46.   

LaSecla was held to 10-of-20 for 79 yards and one touchdown by Boise State , which is ranked #11 in pass efficiency defense.  LaSecla connected with Marquis Avery on a beautiful pass and catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 7 early.  Kevin Jurovich had a fine afternoon with six catches for 69 yards.

Boise State advanced to 8-0 and 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference play while San Jose State fell to 1-6 and 0-3.

The Broncos have now won 53 straight games on The Blue and are 68-2 dating back to the beginning of the 1999 season.  Boise State passed Carlisle (1901-1915), Pennsylvania (1889-1896) and Michigan (1901-1907) for fourth place in college football history as those three early powers each had home winning streaks stopped at 52. 

With USC's loss last night to Oregon (which fell to Boise State 19-8 in the much-anticipated season opener), the Broncos and Trojans are now tied with 88 victories in the last eight years.  That ties Boise State 's school record of 88 set last year for seventh in college history.  They can break the modern record of 91 held by Nebraska (1993-2000) with four more wins.

Boise State has scored in double digits in 50 straight games.

The Broncos travel once again to Ruston , Louisiana for a game with the still-smarting Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who fell in the last minute to Idaho last night 35-34.  Nevertheless, Derek Dooley's team is unbeaten at home with a perfect 3-0 record.

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