No. 5 Boise St. 63, Colorado St. 13

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 2 1/2

quarters before their backups finished off the Rams (3-3, 1-1).

”It just felt like we were executing like it 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


”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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