Scores

Final

(5) Boise State 63

(6-0, 1-0 MW)

Colorado State 13

(3-3, 1-1 MW)

6:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

Hughes Stadium (CO), Fort Collins, CO

1 2 3 4 T
#5BSU 21 14 28 063
CSU 0 13 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: K. Moore (BSU) - 338 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Martin (BSU) - 20 CAR, 200 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Shoemaker (BSU) - 9 REC, 180 YDS, 2 TD

Boise State opens Mountain West slate with pasting of Colorado State

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- After just one game in the conference, No. 5 Boise State is already the biggest bully in the Mountain West.

The Broncos, an expansion target for the Big East, routed Colorado State 63-13 in their Mountain West debut Saturday behind huge games from quarterback Kellen Moore, tailback Doug Martin and wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker.

Moore threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns on 26-of-30 passing, Martin ran 20 times for 200 yards and three scores and Shoemaker caught nine passes for 180 yards and two TDs and added a 36-yard run on a fake punt that led to another score for the Broncos (6-0, 1-0).

The trio of playmakers did all of that damage in just 2½ quarters before their backups finished off the Rams (3-3, 1-1).

"It just felt like we were executing like we do practice," said Moore, who engineered six scoring drives of under two minutes in improving to 44-2 as a starter, one win shy of Colt McCoy's NCAA record.

"Tonight we were just really clicking," Shoemaker said. "I think it sets the standard for us in the Mountain West. We talked about that a lot in practice this week: as a new conference member, let them know we're here to compete."

Even before kickoff of their inaugural league game, however, there were rumblings the Broncos, who left the Western Athletic Conference after a decade of dominance, would be bolting again -- this time to the reconfigured Big East. That conference could issue them a football-only invitation as soon as next week.

Boise State president Robert Kustra told The Associated Press before kickoff that the school's best option might be staying in the Mountain West, which is joining forces with Conference USA to secure a solid future in the rapidly changing college football landscape. But Kustra stressed that his top priority is to get the Broncos as close as possible to an automatic qualifying status in the BCS, so he's keeping all his options open.

"Not even the slightest" distraction, coach Chris Petersen said. "Not even kind of. The guys that are going to make the decision are going to make a great decision for Boise State. We have 100 percent confidence in that. And that's why it doesn't distract us in the slightest. We're just playing this season."

"We don't talk about it," Moore said of the Big East rumors. "We don't care about it."

Because, he said, the Broncos have their sights set squarely on mastering the Mountain West.

"We can only hope for bigger and better things," Shoemaker said, "but right now we're in our conference and we're going to do our best."

The Broncos raced out to a 35-0 lead in the first 20 minutes before the Rams gathered themselves and scored touchdowns on two trick plays.

"We knew they were going to score points and make plays. That is one of the best offenses in the country, if not the best," Rams quarterback Pete Thomas said. "We didn't make enough plays when we got the ball back to balance out their fast start."

The Broncos' 742 total yards were a school record, and they let off the pedal long before the fourth quarter.

"It didn't really feel like a record was set, it's just those big plays start to add up," Petersen said. "I think the biggest thing we're probably most pleased with is how we came in at halftime and how the guys came back and answered both offensively, special teams-wise and on defense.

"Colorado State did a great job of taking the momentum from us and it irritated the guys and they came out and answered."

After giving up touchdown runs of 26 and 65 yards to Martin, a 36-yard TD run by D.J. Harper and Moore's TD tosses of 52 yards to Shoemaker and 9 yards to Kirby Moore, the Rams got going.

Tight end Crockett Gilmore pulled in a lateral and threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to a wide open fullback Joe Brown. Momo Thomas forced a fumble, leading to another trick touchdown when wide receiver Charles Lovett took the hand-off, pulled up and hit Matt Yemm in stride for the score.

"We gave up a couple of scores at the end of the first half and we don't like to let teams feel like they're really in it," said Shoemaker, who gained 36 yards on a fake punt on the Broncos' opening drive of the third quarter.

"Stalling out on that first drive, we knew we needed something," Shoemaker said, "and that was that play to get us back on track."

And sent the Rams reeling.

"We took momentum into halftime," Rams safety Ivory Herd said. "We went out there and got off the field. And then, they run the fake punt. It hurt."

Three plays, later, Martin took it in from 14 yards out.

The Broncos quickly followed up with Shoemaker's 62-yard touchdown catch. On the Rams' next snap, Shane McClellin picked off Thomas' pass at the CSU 17, and Moore hit tight end Gabe Linehan with a 3-yard TD toss to end his night.

Mitch Burroughs' 64-yard punt return set up Harper's second touchdown, from a yard out, to cap the scoring -- the biggest output against the Rams since their 71-14 loss to Nebraska in 1991.

"The beginning of the third quarter was critical," Moore said. "We weren't able to get it done at the end of the second quarter and we made up for it."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
CSU
1st Downs3211
Total Yards742231
Passing349147
Rushing39384
Penalties5-551-5
3rd Down Conversions7-121-12
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Turnovers12
Possession33:3926:21

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore26/3033811.340
Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thomas10/241004.201

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin2020010.0365
Wright16794.9011
Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nwoke15744.9029
Carter7243.406

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shoemaker918020.0262
Burroughs56412.8025
Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coffman14646.0046
Gillmore33411.3025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSUCSU
TD09:23Doug Martin 26 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 70
TD07:55Doug Martin 65 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 140
TD00:59Tyler Shoemaker 52 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 210
SECOND QUARTERBSUCSU
TD12:46D.J. Harper 36 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 280
TD10:01Kirby Moore 9 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 350
TD09:17Joe Brown 27 Yd Pass From Crockett Gillmore (Pat Blocked) 356
TD04:01Matt Yemm 20 Yd Pass From Charles Lovett (Ben Deline Kick) 3513
THIRD QUARTERBSUCSU
TD11:26Doug Martin 14 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 4213
TD08:47Tyler Shoemaker 62 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 4913
TD07:03Gabe Linehan 3 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Dan Goodale Kick) 5613
TD04:41D.J. Harper 1 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 6313

Research Notes

With 4 touchdown passes Saturday, Kellen Moore passed Timmy Chang for 5th place all-time for most touchdown passes in FBS history.
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After 10 seasons in the WAC, Boise St won their 1st ever Mountain West game Saturday. The Broncos are now 3-1 all-time in debuts in a new conference.
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