Boise St.-Idaho Preview

Boise State thoroughly overwhelmed a reputable opponent last

weekend, racking up more than 700 yards of offense. It could be in

line for another lopsided victory, considering Idaho was run over

for more than 800 yards in its last game.

The fourth-ranked Broncos, who actually dropped in the rankings

despite their convincing victory, look to win the Governor’s Cup

for the 12th straight year when they visit the Vandals on Friday

night.

Boise State (8-0, 4-0, Western Athletic Conference) piled up a

school-record 732 total yards in Saturday’s 42-7 victory over

Hawaii, extending the FBS’ longest winning streak to 22.

Kellen Moore picked apart the Warriors for a career-best 507

yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Avery ran for three

scores. Moore, the conference’s offensive player of the week,

completed 19 straight passes at one point and brought his career

touchdown total to 85, breaking another school mark.

“The records are something I might realize a little bit more

later,” said Moore, who has 21 touchdowns to four

interceptions.

Moore’s spectacular performance was matched by a defense that

limited Hawaii – which came in averaging 39.2 points and 491.7

yards – to 11 first downs and 196 total yards, its lowest output in

12 years.

“It was a complete team effort,” coach Chris Petersen said. “All

three phases were good. We have tremendous respect for Hawaii. We

just happened to be hitting on all cylinders and I’m glad, because

we need to do that to do what we want to do.”

Petersen wants his team to play in the BCS title game, but it’s

going to need some outside help.

The Broncos are fourth in the BCS standings and dropped two

places in the AP poll Sunday. They were leapfrogged by Auburn and

TCU, which beat then-No. 6 Utah 47-7 on Saturday, drawing some of

the backing voters had been giving Boise State.

Simply winning big down the stretch doesn’t look like it will be

enough to give the Broncos a shot at the championship. Boise State,

second in the FBS with an average of 47.0 points and fourth in

total offense at 543.5 yards per game, is notorious for its

lopsided victories, outscoring its four WAC opponents 198-27.

The high-powered Broncos have had similar success against the

Vandals, averaging 57.2 points in the last six meetings.

In last season’s 63-25 win – Boise State’s 11th straight in the

series since a 36-35 loss in 1998 – Moore threw for 299 yards and

five touchdowns, while Avery rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 14

attempts.

The duo seems to be poised for another big game, as the Vandals

yielded 844 yards in Saturday’s 63-17 loss to then-No. 25

Nevada.

Idaho (4-5, 1-3) fell behind quickly, getting outgained 225-2 in

the first quarter and trailing 28-3 at halftime. The abysmal

defensive effort came one week after Idaho allowed Hawaii to roll

up 494 yards in a 45-10 loss.

“We weren’t executing,” senior safety Shiloh Keo told the

Vandals’ official website. “The problem is, we’re making the same

mistakes. It’s time to shake that off. It’s time to start doing

what our assignment is.”

Idaho’s offense has also struggled as the competition has gotten

tougher. The Vandals had scored at least 30 points in each of their

previous five games before their consecutive losses.

“We didn’t execute,” senior quarterback Nathan Enderle said

Saturday. “You can’t do that against a good team.”

The Vandals have regularly had trouble against good teams,

getting outscored by an average of 31.9 points in losing all 16

games to Top 25 opponents since 1996.