Scores

Final

Colorado State 14

(3-8, 2-5 MW)

Boise State 42

(9-2, 6-1 MW)

Coverage: NBC Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, November 17, 2012

Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

1 2 3 4 T
CSU 0 0 7 714
BSU 14 21 7 042

Top Performers

Passing: J. Southwick (BSU) - 216 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Harper (BSU) - 10 CAR, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: H. Huff (BSU) - 3 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Boise State strikes early, dominates Colorado State

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State scored on its first offensive play Saturday and never looked back in a 42-14 victory over Colorado State.

Senior D.J. Harper went untouched on an 80-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) scored on five of their six first-half possessions against the Rams (3-8, 2-5) to keep their conference title hopes alive. Boise State entered the day tied with Fresno State and San Diego State in the Mountain West.

Harper, a sixth-year senior playing in the final home game of his career, finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than one half of action. He connected with Matt Miller (5 yards) and Holden Huff (18 yards) for first-half touchdown passes.

Senior receiver Chris Potter had a 12-yard touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation for the Broncos, which led 35-0 at halftime. It marked the sixth time this season that Boise State held its opponent scoreless in the first half.

Colorado State trailed 42-0 when it finally scored on a career-long 72-yard run by Chris Nwoke with 2:09 in the third quarter. Nwoke finished with a game-high 119 yards on 10 carries. The Rams managed only 229 total yards and committed three turnovers in their last chance to win a road game this season. Colorado State is 0-5 in away games this season.

Colorado State got its final score on a 30-yard pass from Conner Smith to Marquise Law with 4:09 left. It was just the third passing touchdown yielded by Boise State this season.

Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick had a 1-yard touchdown run for the Broncos, which wound up with 503 yards, their most this season since rolling up 599 against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CSU
BSU
1st Downs1025
Total Yards229503
Passing72234
Rushing157269
Penalties7-556-70
3rd Down Conversions4-154-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers32
Possession29:3230:28

Passing Leaders

Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith4/11534.810
Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Southwick17/2021610.820

Rushing Leaders

Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nwoke1011911.9172
Alexander20582.908
Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper1010710.7280
Ajayi8678.4024

Receiving Leaders

Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Law35719.0130
Alexander284.005
Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Huff35919.7133
Moore4369.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCSUBSU
TD12:18D.J. Harper 80 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 07
TD06:52D.J. Harper 2 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERCSUBSU
TD11:48Chris Potter 12 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 021
TD04:14Matt Miller 5 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Michael Frisina Kick) 028
TD01:35Holden Huff 18 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Michael Frisina Kick) 035
THIRD QUARTERCSUBSU
TD11:19Grant Hedrick 1 Yd Run (Michael Frisina Kick) 042
TD02:09Chris Nwoke 72 Yd Run (Jared Roberts Kick) 742
FOURTH QUARTERCSUBSU
TD04:09Marquise Law 30 Yd Pass From Conner Smith (Jared Roberts Kick) 1442