Boise State rips Wolf Pack 30-10
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – With Kellen Moore struggling to find a his usual pinpoint accuracy, No. 4 Boise State turned to plan B: A heavy dose of Doug Martin and a suffocating defense.
Martin rushed for a season-best 126 yards and two scores, and his mates on the other side of the ball kept a potent Nevada offense from crossing midfield until the second half of the Broncos’ 30-10 victory Saturday.
For the Broncos (4-0), it was a bit of redemption against a Wolf Pack team that last year spoiled Boise State’s bid for a second straight perfect season.
“It feels real nice,” said Martin, who recorded his 11th career 100-yard game. “We struggled with the run game the past two games and I think we picked it up today. I think we just focused on the details more.”
At least in the running game.
Moore, one of the nation’s most accurate passers, misfired several times and threw back-to-back interceptions in the second quarter, the first with the Broncos inside the red zone. But he was also victimized by a handful of crucial drops that could have made the final score even more lopsided.
Moore, who wore a knee brace for the second straight week, was 19 of 33 for 142 yards – a career low – before heading for the sidelines in the fourth quarter.
Despite playing without starting cornerback Jerrell Gavins and a handful of key backups, the Broncos shut down Nevada (1-3) and avenged last year’s second-half collapse in Reno that cost the Broncos any hope of playing for a national title. In that game, the Broncos led by 17 points at the half, only to have quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Wolf Pack offense rally and beat their – at the time – Western Athletic Conference rivals 34-31 in overtime.
Nevada came into this game 15th in the nation in total offense, averaging 483 yards per game. But the Wolf Pack mustered only 182 total yards and failed to put together any sustained drives against the Broncos dominant defensive front, which logged a season-high 12 tackles for loss of yardage.
Nevada’s points came on a 21-yard field goal by Allen Hardison early in the fourth quarter and a 53-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Mason Magleby to Rishard Matthews in the final minute.
Mike Ball, who started the day averaging 120 rushing yards per game, was held to 35 yards on 15 carries.
Quarterback Tyler Lantrip played most of the game because redshirt freshman Cody Fajardo, who has traded snaps with Lantrip through the first three games, is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s loss at Texas Tech. Lantrip was 5 of 16 for 50 yards, got sacked once, threw and interception and fumbled to snuff out Nevada’s first drive into Boise State territory.
“The offense was horrific,” said Nevada coach Chris Ault, whose team has played their first four games on the road. “I thought that our defense played hard all game. But our offense put our defense in a hole that whole first half. Our defense never had a chance.”