Boise State 51, Wyoming 6 | Stats
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Kellen Moore threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns, Boise State's defense forced three turnovers and the third-ranked Broncos extended their winning streak to 16 with a 51-6 victory against Wyoming on Saturday night.
The Broncos (2-0) showed no signs of rust after a 12-day rest, piling up 648 total yards. They scored 37 straight points to begin the game, allowing Moore & Co. to watch the final quarter from the sideline.
Moore, a Heisman hopeful, efficiently led the Broncos offense, spreading around the wealth as he threw long TD passes to both Austin Pettis and Titus Young.
Young had 94 yards on four catches, hauling in a 49-yard pass as he simply flew past Wyoming (1-2).
Pettis finished with three catches for 88 yards, including a 58-yard TD reception on a flea-flicker in which he punctuated the score by somersaulting into the end zone, drawing a penalty.
He only played sparingly after his first-quarter flip, apparently in coach Chris Petersen's doghouse.
Doug Martin finished with 105 yards and a touchdown and defensive lineman Shea McClellin added another score by pouncing on the football in the end zone.
The Boise State defense came up big all night, holding the Cowboys to minus-21 yards rushing and 135 total yards. The team put constant pressure on quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, picking off two of his passes.
Carta-Samuels got the Cowboys on the board in the third quarter when he connected with fullback Greg Saydjari on a 35-yard TD, the result of a breakdown in the Broncos' secondary.
While the Broncos were idle, they dropped seven of their eight first-place votes. Virginia Tech's loss to lower-tier James Madison didn't help, tainting the Broncos' big win over the Hokies in the season opener.
Boise State has been waiting all week for another chance to show the team is worthy of the national title talk.
The Broncos know to get back into the conversation they can't just win, they have to win convincingly.
And they can't just look good - they have to look spectacular.
This helped their cause.
Boise State could've scored more, but had a long punt return called back and three drives stall out inside Wyoming's territory, leading to three field goals from Kyle Brotzman.
The danger heading into this game for the Broncos was glancing ahead. But Boise State's concentration was squarely on Wyoming, even with a matchup against No. 25 Oregon State looming next week. The Beavers held off Louisville, 35-28, earlier in the day.
The Broncos resorted to gadgetry to score their first offensive touchdown as Moore handed the ball off to D.J. Harper, who then flipped it back to Moore.
With the Wyoming defense taking the bait, Moore hit Pettis in stride.
Moore watched the play from his back after taking a hit, throwing his hands up in the air as Pettis somersaulted into the end zone.
Before the game, Wyoming held a moment of silence to honor freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who was killed in a car accident in Colorado on Sept. 6.
The team handed out 5,000 T-shirts with ``Ruben Narcisse, Always a Cowboy'' printed on it and wore decals with his initials on their helmets.
Wyoming broke out new uniforms for the Boise State game, wearing gold jerseys, brown pants with ``Cowboys'' written down the side, brown socks and white helmets with a metallic gold emblem.
The Broncos also went with a different look, donning their orange pants and white uniforms for the occasion.
Fresno State 41, Utah State 24 | Stats
LOGAN, Utah -- A.J. Ellis ran for 165 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Fresno State past Utah State 41-24 Saturday night.
Quarterback Ryan Colburn also ran for 44 yards and threw for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Western Athletic), who scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Utah State (1-2, 0-1) led in total offensive yards at the end of three closely played quarters (274-269) and had the score tied at 24, but the Aggies gained only 37 yards in the final quarter.
USU was led by quarterback Diondre Borel, who threw for 106 yards and ran for 89 more. But FSU's defense held Borel to 4-of-13 passing in the second half.
Tied at halftime, both teams scored a touchdown in third quarter. A blocked punt by FSU's Jamel Hamler at the end of the quarter gave Fresno the ball in a position for Kevin Goessling to kick a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 27-24.
Moments later, after a quick three-and-out by the Aggies, Colburn then led the Bulldogs to a score in four plays in less than two minutes. Tracy Slocum scored on a three-yard run to extend the lead to 34-24. Ellis would later score with 42 seconds to play in the game.
Utah State scored first in the game on an eight-yard pass play from a scrambling Borel to Dontel Watkins. The teams then traded scores and the first half ended 17-17.
Idaho 30, UNLV 7 | Stats
MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho Vandals were oh-so-close to notching their second shutout of the fall but UNLV, in the waning moments of Saturday night's inter-conference game, foiled the bid.
The touchdown pass with 1:19 to play, however, didn't spoil the day as Idaho won 30-7 to move to 2-1 on the season as it dropped UNLV to 0-3. In eight quarters in the Kibbie Dome this fall, the Vandals have yielded just seven points and 457 total yards - 187 of those were before Saturday's boisterous crowd of 15,390.
"It was the best defensive performance we've had since I've been here," said senior defensive end Aaron Lavarias, who had three tackles for loss (two were sacks), one forced fumble, and one quarterback hurry. "I thought we played really well."
That was the consensus among the team.
"I like the way the defense played tonight," said coach Robb Akey, after watching his team romp through the UNLV front to the tune of 11 tackles for loss (six of which were sacks) for 61 yards in losses by the Rebels.
Not to be outdone by the defensive front, senior safety Shiloh Keo led a venture that included his third interception in as many games and a total three deflected passes.
The Vandals set the tone early when they took the opening kickoff, marched 69 yards and scored when Deonte' Jackson made it through the line for a one-yard TD with 8:29 left in the first quarter. Idaho forced the Rebels to punt and, although its second drive was steady, it resorted to Trey Farquhar for the second score - a 50-yard field goal, the third longest of his career. With 4:43 left in the first, the Vandals led 10-0 and the tone had been set.
Quarterback Nathan Enderle was 15-of-27 for 210 yards. Again, he mixed passes throughout the ranks with Saturday night's leaders - among the eight receivers who caught at least one pass, tight end Daniel Hardy and running back Kama Bailey with three each. Hardy covered 82 yards to Bailey's 33.
The running backs also were set on making a mark Saturday. They did their share in balancing the offense and keeping the Rebels wondering what was next. Princeton McCarty had 63 of the 122 net with Jackson scoring twice.
That being said, the Vandals' offensive production dropped in the second half. After 24 points and 274 yards in the first, in the second they tagged on two field goals -one in the third and the other in the fourth, and had just 58 total yards.
San Jose State 16, Southern Utah 11 | Stats
San Jose, Calif.----Lamon Muldrow scored with a 1:10 remaining in the game to give San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre his first collegiate win Saturday night in a 16-11 victory over Southern Utah.
The two-minute drill was favorable to the Spartans Saturday night as the team scored in the last two minutes of each half. The game-winning touchdown came with 1:10 remaining in the game as Muldrow ran the ball in from six yards out. The touchdown was setup by a pair of Jordan LaSecla to Jalal Beauchman pass plays. The first for 12 yards and the second, a stop-and-go route down the right sideline for 26 more advanced the ball to the 11 yard line. A Muldrow run for five yards and an incomplete pass by La Secla preceded the eventual game-winner on 2-and-5 from the six-yard line.
San Jose State started quickly on its first possession with a 35-yard field goal by Harrison Waid. After that, a bend-but-not-break defense kept San Jose State in the game. Despite two first-half fumbles on their side of the 50-yard line and a bad center snap on a punt that resulted in Southern Utah (1-2) scoring a safety, the Spartans only trailed, 5-3.
The first of the successful two-minute drills sent the Spartans into the locker room ahead, 10-5. Needing just 1:06 to score its first touchdown of the game, Brandon Rutley capped a 65-yard, seven play drive with a 15-yard burst into the end zone.
Southern Utah edged in front, 11-10, with Ryan McNamara field goals of 37 and 32 yards for the only scoring of the third quarter. Thunderbird kickers Brock Miller and McNamara combined to make 3-of-4 field goals. Miller's miss from 26 yards with 11:57 remaining in the game left the score at 11-10.
In a hard-hitting game, Southern Utah lost starting quarterback Blake Sorensen with 4:48 left in the third quarter to an apparent ankle injury. Sorensen completed 23-of-39 for 230 yards. Two replacements, Zack Olsen and J.J.Mayer, were 2-of-9 with a Bene Benwikere interception to ensure the San Jose State victory.
The Spartans became the first team to keep the Thunderbirds out of the end zone since the 2007 season when Southern Utah lost a 7-3 decision to the University of Montana.
Colorado 31, Hawaii 13 | Stats
BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Hawai‘i Warrior football team fell victim to a second half rally in a 31-13 loss to Colorado Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field. Hawai‘i dropped to 1-2 on the season.
In a tale of two halves, the Warriors owned the first half only to see the Buffaloes (2-1) seize control of the second half. Colorado out-scored UH, 31-3 after the break, including 17 unanswered points in the pivotal third quarter.
UH took a 10-0 lead into the locker room and pitched a first half shutout on the road for the first time since 2005. But playing their second straight road game, the Warriors ran out of the gas in the second half.
Colorado out-gained UH, 452-337, including 328-100 in the decisive second half. The Buffs were led by the running back duo of Brian Lockridge (109 yards) and Rodney Stewart (106 yards, two touchdowns).
Bryant Moniz led UH with 330 yards passing and one touchdown on 27-of-41 attempts. Kealoha Pilares had six catches for 117 yards and scored his team-leading fifth touchdown, UH’s only trip into the end zone on the day. Corey Paredes tallied a career-high 16 tackles to lead the defense.
It was a case of missed opportunities for UH in the first quarter. The Warriors got the ball within the Buff’s 5-yard line on its first two possessions of the game but failed to put up any points after a fumble and missed field goal.
UH finally broke through late in the first quarter. After recovering a Colorado fumble, UH drove 42 yarda, capped by a Pilares 7-yard touchdown catch. The Warriors made it 10-0 on a Scott Enos 31-yard field goal as the half expired.
But it was all Colorado after the break. The Buffaloes took their opening drive for a touchdown on a 14-play, 80 yard drive. The Buffs defense caused a safety on UH’s first possession, then Colorado scored again on their ensuing possession to suddenly take a 17-10 lead just midway through the third quarter.
A Scott Enos field goal cut the Colorado lead to 17-13 late in the third quarter, but the back breaker came five minutes into the fourth quarter when quarterback Hansen connected with Toney Clemons on a 73-yard pass to push the CU lead to 24-13.
The Warriors now return home for its first game at Aloha Stadium in more than three weeks. Hawai‘i will take on Charleston Southern on Saturday, Sept. 25, with kickoff at 5:30 p.m.
Navy 37, Louisiana Tech 23 | Stats
RUSTON - Ricky Dobbs passed for a career-high 219 yards and one touchdown and led Navy to a 37-23 come-from-behind victory over Louisiana Tech before 23,122 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite suffering an ankle injury mid-way through the third quarter, Dobbs directed three touchdown scoring drives over the final two periods of the contest as the Midshipmen (2-1) offense controlled the game grinding out more than 22 minutes in the second half.
This after Louisiana Tech appeared to have found its groove in the opening 30 minutes by recording more than 300 yards of total offense and leading 23-16 at the break.
"It was a disappointing, frustrating night tonight," said Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "I thought we played hard in the first half, but the second half was a disaster. We had a hard time making a first down.
"Navy played well in the second half, and we had a hard time defending the pitch. We had turnovers on offense and Navy out-toughed us in the second half."
After Dobbs directed an impressive nine-play, 97-yard drive on Navy's opening possession which was capped by a four-yard run by Mike Stukel, Tech got a pair of field goals from sophomore Matt Nelson to cut the deficit 7-6.
The Bulldogs then took its first lead of the game as Lyle Fitte recorded his first career rushing touchdown on a two-yard plunge with 9:08 to play in the second quarter. Nelson's extra point gave Tech a 13-7 advantage.
After Navy tied the game at 13-13 on a 25-yard pass from Dobbs to John Howell (extra point was missed), Tech responded with a third Nelson field goal - this time for 42 yards away to grab a 16-13 advantage with 5:09 to play before the half.
A Joe Buckley 37-yard kick tied the score with 3:18 to go in the half, before Colby Cameron led Tech on a nine-play, 71-yard drive and a 23-16 lead as he hit Ikharo Taulib on an eight-yard scoring toss with only 29 seconds to play. Originally the play was ruled as an incomplete pass but instant replay showed Taulib's foot had landed in-bounds on the near side of the south endzone and Tech took the momentum and the seven-point lead into the half.
Cameron led Tech to 328 yards and 18 first downs in the opening half as he finished the game with career-highs in completions (31), attempts (43), and yards (251).
"It was a little easier and slowed down as the game went on," Cameron said. "It was the first time I truly felt comfortable from start to finish. The first half went well, but I didn't come out in the second half like I should."
Tech's offense and defense both looked a step slow in the third and fourth quarters as turnovers spelled doom.
After Navy took the opening kickoff and drove 72 yards on 12 plays to tie the game at 23-23 on a Dobbs 1-yard run, Tech took over on its own 47-yard line after a 41-yard kickoff return by Ryan Williams. However, on a third down and four play, freshman Jacarri Jackson recorded a four-yard catch for the first down but fumbled as Navy recovered.
Navy then returned the favor as Tech defensive back Chad Boyd made a one-handed, acrobatic interception on the Bulldogs one-yard line to stall the Midshipmen's attempt to take the lead.
After a first down run of 36 yards by Lennon Creer got Tech out of the shadows of its own goal line, Cameron underthrew an open Richie Casey as Navy's Kevin Edwards intercepted him and took over on the 46.
Dobbs then began driving the Midshipmen again before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Kriss Proctor then took over and finished the final 37 yards of the drive, including covering the final seven yards on a keeper as Navy led 30-23 with 31 seconds to play in the third quarter.
The only score of the fourth quarter was a 17-yard burst up the middle by Navy fullback Vince Murray with 11:09 to play to up the advantage to 37-23.
"You have to tip your hat to Louisiana Tech," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatoalolo. "That was a hard fought win, and we knew it would be like this because last year it was hard-fought win. We didn't expect anything different."
After its impressive opening half, Tech's offense managed only three first downs and 77 yards after the break while Navy recorded 17 first downs and 270 yards.
Creer led Tech's ground attack with 90 yards on 13 carries while Ikharo recorded career-highs with 10 receptions for 88 yards and one score.
Solomon Randle registered 11 tackles while Adrien Cole added nine and Boyd eight.
Tech returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Southern Miss in the Red Out game at 6 p.m.
UTEP 42, New Mexico State 10 | Stats
Las Cruces, N.M.- The New Mexico State football team (0-2, 0-0) fell to UTEP (2-1, 0-1) 42-10 during the annual I-10 rivalry game Sat., Sept. 18 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
NM State is now 2-2 against UTEP over the last four seasons. UTEP has defeated NM State for the second straight season after NM State took down UTEP in 2008 and 2007. UTEP leads NM State in the all-time rivalry 51-35-2.
NM State finished the game with 296 total yards of offense on 64 plays. The Aggies rushed for 96 yards on 24 carries and threw for 200 yards on 21 completions. NM State gave up 495 total yards off 67 plays to UTEP. UTEP rushed for 249 yards on 35 carries and threw for 246 yards on 19 completions. NM State converted 9-of-17 third-downs and scored in two out of three red-zone opportunities. UTEP converted 9-of-14 third-downs and scored on all five of their red-zone opportunities.
NM State quarterback Matt Christian threw for 200 yards on 21 completions and one interception and rushed for 14 yards on four carries. Running back Seth Smith led NM State in rushing, with 46 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. Wide receiver Marcus Allen led the Aggies in receiving, making five catches for 65 yards. Linebacker Boyblue Aoelua led the NM State defense with seven tackles.
UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns. Vittatoe also rushed for 54 yards on three carries. Miner running back Joe Banyard rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown off 11 carries. UTEP wide receiver Kris Adams led the Miners in receiving, making three catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
The NM State special teams made a big play late in the fourth quarter when defensive lineman Tommy Stuart blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by UTEP. Wide receiver Todd Lee returned a punt for 37 yards before being tripped up at the NM State 49-yard line for what could have been returned for a touchdown.
The Aggies received the ball to start the second half, but quickly went three-and-out. UTEP took advantage of the NM State defense. The Miners scored another touchdown off a 16-yard pass from Vittatoe to wide receiver Evan Davis to put the Miners up 28-10.
UTEP again exposed the NM State secondary later in the third quarter when Vittatoe completed a 68-yard touchdown to Adams to put UTEP up 35-10. After a couple of scoreless NM State possessions, UTEP again attacked the NM State secondary. Vittatoe threw an 11-yard pass to Adams for his second touchdown of the game with 18 seconds left in the third quarter, increasing UTEP's lead to 32.
UTEP opened up the second quarter with another early score. The Miners were able to march down to the Aggie 3-yard line four minutes into the quarter. Banyard punched in a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Miners up 21-0. The Aggies received the ball and started a drive of their own.
After a few key third-down conversions, NM State fought to the UTEP 3-yard line. NM State running back Seth Smith capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to cut UTEP's lead down to 14. NM State later scored a 31-yard field goal off the foot of Tyler Stampler with seven seconds left in the half. The two scores put the Aggies down 21-10 to conclude the half.
UTEP jumped on the NM State defense, throwing for 70 yards and rushing for 67 yards early in the first quarter. NM State hardly had a chance to put points on the board, for UTEP controlled possession of the ball for 12:05 of the first quarter. UTEP wide receiver Donavon Kemp caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Vittatoe within the first four minutes to give UTEP an early 7-0 lead. UTEP wide receiver Julio Lopez of UTEP later caught his own 18-yard touchdown from Vittatoe to put UTEP up 14-0.
NM State will take on Kansas Sat., Sept. 25 at 5:10 p.m. (MT). The game can be viewed on Fox College Sports.