Boise State Tops New Mexico State 42-7

Boise State finished unbeaten with a 42-7 victory yesterday over New Mexico State. The Broncos ran their streak to 25 consecutive regular season wins.

Boise State became the second team in modern college football history and the fourth overall to record four unbeaten, untied regular seasons in six years with a 42-7 win over New Mexico State yesterday afternoon in Bronco Stadium.

The Broncos won big on Senior Day to finish 13-0, their second consecutive unbeaten season.  Nebraska was undefeated from 1994-1997.  The only other teams to accomplish the feat besides the Broncos and Cornhuskers were Yale and Washington in the early days of college football.

Boise State must now wait until the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Selection Show to see if they are rewarded for their accomplishments with a national championship berth.

"I think our record speaks for itself," said head coach Chris Petersen, whose team went 12-0 last year only to be left out of college football's big-money bowl games.

Boise State won the outright Western Athletic Conference Championship for the second straight year and seventh out of the past eight seasons.  The Broncos have won 25 consecutive regular season games and 56 straight regular season home games.

Doug Martin once again led the charge with four touchdowns.  He scored two four-yard TD runs in the second quarter as Boise State built a 28-0 lead and then tacked on a two-yarder and a 56-yard run in the third quarter.  Martin finished with 83 yards on just eight carries.  Jeremy Avery cruised in from nine-yards out for another score. Avery finished with 16 carries for 86 yards.

Martin's four scores allowed him to tie Jon Helmandollar (2004) for fifth place with 14 rushing touchdowns in a season.  Ian Johnson (2007) and Chris Jackson (1987) are tied for third with 16.

The Broncos nearly emptied their entire bench and several other ball carriers got in on the action as Boise State amassed 256 rushing yards.  Drew Wright had three carries for 50 yards and Jarvis Hodge toted the ball five times for 28 yards. 

Quarterback Kellen Moore finished the regular season as the nation's top passer, hitting 19-of-30 for 272 yards and a touchdown.  His bomb to Titus Young in the first quarter gave Boise State its first score and enabled Moore to extend his school record to 39 TD passes on the season.  He has been intercepted just three times all season.

Moore 's interception ratio of .0076% this season would eclipse the 18-year-old record of 00.83% (two out of 239 passes) set by Jeff Mladenich.  He has one more important bowl game remaining, however.

Young finished with a team-leading seven receptions for 92 yards while tight end Kyle Efaw enjoyed his best game as a Bronco with five catches for 68 yards and Avery added three catches for 50 yards.

Young now has 71 receptions to lead the Broncos.  He passed Don Hutt's career high of 66 in 1971 as well as Rodney Smith (1997) and Mike Holton (1974), who had 64 each, for fifth place all-time.  Young passed Kipp Bedard (122 receptions from 1979-1981) for 13th in career receptions with 125. 

 The Bronco defense held New Mexico State to 49 passing yards and just 191 overall.  They nearly recorded a shutout, but a fumble by backup quarterback Mike Coughlin late in the game enabled the Aggies to score on a one-yard touchdown by reserve QB Trevor Walls.

Linebacker J.C. Percy and safety Jeron Johnson led the Bronco defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. Defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and tackle Billy Winn combined for the team's lone sack.  Winterswyk has 8.5 on the season, needing 1.5 in the bowl game to become the first Boise State player to record 10 in a season since Chris Wing's record 20 in 1996.  Winterswyk also had 1.5 tackles for loss, passing Rex Walters (1985-1986) and tying Chris Shepherd (1990-1994) for eighth with 37 in his career.   

Aggie running back Seth Smith ran for 114 yards on 35 carries for New Mexico State .  Smith became the first back to finish with 1,000 yards on the season (1,016 total) in nine years and the fourth in school history.

"I think it's big for him and big for our program to be able to do that with the offense," said first-year coach DeWayne Walker.   "We struggled this season offensively and for him to be able to get to that milestone, it says a lot about him and has a lot to say where we are headed."

Moore now has 3,321 yards of total offense, as he passed Jared Zabransky's best season (3,253 yards in 2004), Ryan Dinwiddie (3,140 in 2001), Bart Hendricks (3,103 yards in 1999) and Jim McMillan's 3,101 yards in 1974 for fifth place all-time at Boise State.  He is also just 135 yards shy of his total as a freshman.

The Bronco sophomore also passed Dinwiddie's 3,043 passing yards in 2001 for fifth place on the single season list.  Dinwiddie holds the school record with 4,356 yards in 2003, Moore had 3,486 last season, Hendricks tossed for 3,364 yards in 2000 and Taylor Tharp threw for 3,340 in 2007. 

Moore also tied Zabransky for fourth with his 21st career 200-yard passing game.  Hendricks (1997-2000) is the leader there while Tony Hilde (1993-1996) had 26 and Dinwiddie (2000-2003) had 24.

Avery passed Cedric Minter's 1980 season (1,060) for 11th place in the Bronco record books.  The quick back has 1,131 this year. 

Young is now in eighth place with 969 receiving yards this season.  He passed Hutt (964 yards in 1973), Ryan Ikebe's 959 yards in 1996, T.J. Acree (947 in 2004), Hutt's 1971 total of 928, Eric Andrade's 922 in 1987, Rodney Smith's 917 yards in 1997 and Mike Wilson's 913 yards in 1992.

Young tied John Smith's 10 TD catches in a season for sixth at Boise State .  Teammate Austin Pettis set the school record of 14 earlier this year.  The speedy Young also passed Brock Forsey's 1,830 yards of all-purpose offense in 2000 and Ian Johnson (1,768 yards in 2006) for fourth all-time.  Titus also now has 28 kickoff returns this season, third in the Bronco record books and just three behind record-holder Ikebe (1996). 

Kyle Brotzman booted all seven extra points to give him 61 this year.  He ties Anthony Montgomery for fifth for the most PAT's in a season by a Bronco kicker.  Montgomery had 61 in both 2005 and 2006. 

Boise State now plays the waiting game to see which bowl game they will play in.  They should know by 6 o'clock this evening.

 



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