Boise State Bursts Down Spartans

For the second game in a row, San Jose State went on the road and traded first half touchdowns with its opponent. For the second game in a row, the final minute of the first half provided separation for the Spartans' opponent as No. 7-ranked Boise State went on to 45-7 Western Athletic Conference win.

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The Broncos (8-0, 3-0 WAC) scored two touchdowns in the final 44 seconds before halftime turning a 10-7 lead into a 24-7 advantage. A series of plays starting with a second-quarter 67-yard punt by Boise State's Kyle Brotzman that changed the contest's field position and tenor. In the last four minutes of the second quarter, San Jose State (1-6, 0-3 WAC) was stuck deep in its territory, unable to get a first down on two possessions and fumbled on its 23-yard line leading to a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Kellen Moore with 0:03 remaining.

Moore passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters of action. He opened the scoring teaming up with his younger brother, freshman wide receiver Kirby Moore on a 61-yard catch and run at the 9:32 mark of the first quarter.

With Boise State driving for a possible second score near the end of the first quarter, defensive end Carl Ihenacho got to the Broncos' signal caller for San Jose State's first sack of the day at the Spartans' 9-yard line and forced Moore to fumble that was recovered by San Jose State linebacker Pompey Festejo.

The Spartans took advantage of the game's first turnover to tie the score at 7-7. A 39-yard reverse by wide receiver Josh Harrison put San Jose State on the Bronco side of the field. An 8-yard run by Brandon Rutley into the end zone was nullified by a San Jose State holding penalty, but the Spartans came back on an 11-yard pass play from Jordan La Secla to Marquis Avery, who caught the ball near the right side line. The play was ruled incomplete on the field, but was overturned by the replay official.

Boise State exploded for another pair of quick touchdowns in a 54-second burst at the start of the third quarter to extend its lead to 38-7. Moore connected with Austin Pettis on an 8-yard score. Three plays later, cornerback Kyle Wilson read a La Secla pass intended for Kevin Jurovich, stepped in front and ran 27 yards for another Bronco touchdown.

La Secla finished the day 10-of-20 with an interception for 79 yards. Kyle Reed replaced La Secla at quarterback after Boise State was ahead 38-7. Reed, like La Secla, completed 50 percent of his passes, 6-of-12, for 52 yards.

The Spartans gained 223 offensively. Boise State went for 430, 290 of them in the air. San Jose State did not help itself committing a season-high 10 penalties to go along with a fumble and an interception that resulted in Boise State points.

The Spartans return to action against the University of Nevada, Sunday, November 8, at Spartan Stadium. Game time for the ESPN national telecast is 5:30 p.m.

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