Scores

Final

(21) Boise State 45

(7-1, 4-0 MW)

Wyoming 14

(1-7, 0-4 MW)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, October 27, 2012

War Memorial Stadium, LARAMIE, WY

1 2 3 4 T
#21BSU 7 10 21 745
WYO 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: B. Smith (WYO) - 216 YDS

Rushing: D. Harper (BSU) - 19 CAR, 105 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Miller (BSU) - 7 REC, 78 YDS

D.J. Harper, No. 21 Boise State cruise to 7th straight win

Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- An efficient offense and stingy defense kept No. 21 Boise State on a roll, and the Broncos won their seventh straight by handily beating a team without its head coach.

D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Broncos past Wyoming 45-14 Saturday.

Harper scored on runs of 12 and 3 yards, moving him into fifth on Boise State's career rushing touchdowns list with 34. The Broncos (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West) gained 214 yards on the ground on 36 carries, averaging 5.9 yards.

Joe Southwick completed 20 of 28 passes for 198 yards and one interception and managed an efficient Boise State offense that converted 12 of 14 third downs and scored on all five its red zone opportunities.

"We were very balanced today," Southwick said. "I think we're just continuing to build, from top to bottom."

Boise State's defense held the Cowboys below their 25.6 scoring average, recorded four sacks and limited Wyoming to 106 yards less than its average.

Wyoming (1-7, 0-4) was without head coach Dave Christensen, who was fined $50,000 and suspended by the school for the week over his conduct after a 28-27 loss to Air Force on Oct. 13. Christensen confronted Falcons coach Troy Calhoun on the field, accusing the Falcons of faking an injury to their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter.

"This is a hard enough game -- when you think everything's going correctly it's still really, really hard and so you throw a curveball in like that, I'm sure that was very difficult on them," Broncos coach Chris Petersen said.

The Cowboys did stop one Boise State streak by becoming the first opponent in six games to score in the first half against the Broncos when quarterback Brett Smith ran for a score from 4 yards out early in the second quarter.

"That's a pretty good streak, huh?" Petersen said. "You know, it's going to come to an end sooner or later. We played hard and played good defense."

Smith scored Wyoming's other touchdown on a 23-yard run early in the fourth quarter and completed 24 of 35 passes for 216 yards.

Harper scored both of his TDs in the first half, staking Boise State to a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Broncos put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points on a 28-yard run by Shane Williams-Rhodes, a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown by defensive back Corey Bell and a 1-yard run by Grant Hedrick.

Jay Ajayi scored the Broncos' final TD on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Wyoming assistant head coach Pete Kaligis, who filled in for Christensen this week, lamented his team's inability to stop Boise State on third down.

"Boise was phenomenal on third down conversions," said Kaligis, who coached his first college game as a head coach. "We just couldn't get the punt team on the field."

Wyoming players said the absence of Christensen didn't affect their preparation for the game.

"We wanted to get this win for coach Kaligis," Smith said. "He is a great guy and with him taking on this role, I can't imagine being thrown into this situation."

Kaligis said the team and entire athletics staff responded well to the coaching situation.

"I do have some good feelings about this week," he said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
WYO
1st Downs2718
Total Yards437270
Passing223216
Rushing21454
Penalties4-341-5
3rd Down Conversions12-1411-18
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers11
Possession29:2030:40

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Southwick20/281987.101
WyomingC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith24/352166.200

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper191055.5219
Ajayi8496.1121
WyomingCARYDSAVGTDLG
Easton6193.207
Wick7172.407

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller77811.1025
Potter34214.0015
WyomingRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller66611.0032
McNeill6488.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSUWYO
TD05:22D.J. Harper 8 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERBSUWYO
TD12:38Brett Smith 4 Yd Run (Stuart Williams Kick) 77
FG06:40Michael Frisina 29 Yd 107
TD03:40D.J. Harper 9 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERBSUWYO
TD13:01Shane Williams-Rhodes 28 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 247
TD10:12Corey Bell 19 Yd Fumble Return (Michael Frisina Kick) 317
TD02:41Grant Hedrick 1 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 387
FOURTH QUARTERBSUWYO
TD13:02Brett Smith 23 Yd Run (Stuart Williams Kick) 3814
TD10:07Jay Ajayi 15 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 4514