Boise makes statement in first MWC game
October, 15, 2011
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Boise State talked conference this week. Yup, Mountain West Conference.
Sure, national headlines may have linked the Broncos to a new home in the Big East. Those were promptly ignored. What was emphasized? Making a statement in their first Mountain West game against Colorado State on Saturday.
You could say No. 5 Boise State made a statement. Or you could say Boise State just kept on rolling and did not really have to say much of anything. The Broncos absolutely controlled the Rams from the start of the game, racking up a school-record 742 yards of offense, and getting career days from running back Doug Martin, receiver Tyler Shoemaker and another eye-popping performance from Kellen Moore in a 63-13 win.
That marks back-to-back games in which the Broncos executed to near perfection, something that perhaps we have become spoiled watching with Moore in charge. Moore, ever understated, simply said, "Just felt like we were executing like the way it goes in practice. Hopefully that's the type of stuff we have. If we execute the way we should, those things should be happening."
AP Photo/Jack DempseyBoise State quarterback Kellen Moore was nearly flawless against Colorado State on Saturday.
Moore started the game with 18 straight completions and finished 26-of-30 for 338 yards and four touchdown passes. His .867 completion percentage was the fourth-highest total in school history. But it gets better than that. It was the second time this season he completed more than 80 percent of his passes. He did it in the opener against Georgia, too.
If anybody turns their nose at his numbers because of the subpar competition, they simply have not watched Moore play. Coach Chris Petersen said Moore is seeing things well right now, and that might be yet another understatement. When somebody has the experience Moore has, on top of the smarts Moore has, they are bound to succeed. But Moore takes that to another level with the ease in which he directs the offense.
Four of his completions went for over 25 yards. His two touchdown passes to Shoemaker covered 52 yards and 62 yards, helping Shoemaker set his career mark with 180 total yards. Moore now has 120 career touchdowns, one away from tying BYU quarterback Ty Detmer for No. 4 on the NCAA list. He also needs one more win to tie the career wins record of 45, set by Colt McCoy at Texas from 2006-09.
"I knew the whole week going in, the quarterback's a good player," Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild said. "He started out, what did he hit 18 in a row? When I played, I couldn't have done that on air."
Meanwhile, the run game worked better than it has all season, as Martin got to 200 yards, the first time a Boise State player hit that mark since Ian Johnson had 205 against Nevada in 2007. In all, Boise State had eight plays that went over 25 yards, including five that went 36 or more.
When the run and the pass work that well, it is extremely difficult to stop the Broncos.
"If we can run the ball like that, good things will happen for us," Petersen said.
Much was made of the way new challenges would be presented to the coaching staff with a new conference. Boise State had never played Colorado State before, so plenty of game planning and film watching had to be done in order to prepare. But the Broncos made it look effortless, the way they did in the WAC. During their 10-year run in that league, Boise State won eight league championships and posted a 75-5 mark in conference games.
"(This) sets the standard for us in the Mountain West," Shoemaker said. "We talked about that a lot this week in practice, to let them know as a new conference member we're here to compete."
And to keep winning.