(Friday, October 17th)
Final Score: (15) Boise State 27, Hawaii 7
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Brandyn Thompson had three of Boise State's five interceptions, and redshirt freshman Kellen Moore threw for three scores, as the 15th-ranked Broncos remained unbeaten with a 27-7 thrashing of Hawaii.
Moore completed 25-of-33 passes for 256 yards for the Broncos (6-0, 2-0 WAC), who won their 30th straight home game against WAC opponents. Their overall home winning streak stands at 17 games.
Boise State has allowed seven points or less in all but one of its games this season. The Broncos are on their way to hopefully repeating their performance from 2006 when they not only went unbeaten, but shocked Oklahoma in overtime to win the Fiesta Bowl.
"Defense has been great all year and they just step up to the challenge each week," said Moore. "It's fun on our side (offense) to know that they are going to get out there and take care of business."
Inoke Funaki connected on 17-of-34 passes for 188 yards, but the five interceptions hurt the Warriors (3-4, 2-2), who had a two-game win streak broken.
Hawaii moved the ball on its first possession from its own 14 to the Boise State 15, converting one fourth down on the way. But a second try on a 4th- and-1 came up short as Kealoha Pilares was thrown for a loss.
Kyle Brotzman then kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter to give the Broncos the early edge. Moore had 61 yards passing during the drive that started at the Boise State 18.
"We probably should have taken the field goal in the first quarter," said Hawaii coach Greg McMackin. "And I usually don't make decisions, but the offense thought that we had a play and we decided to go for it."
The Broncos padded their lead to 10-0 with 9:42 left in the half thanks to Moore's two-yard TD pass to Richie Brockel in the left side of the end zone.
A fumble by tight end Kyle Efaw set up Hawaii near midfield later in the second, and the Warriors took advantage, getting within three points on Daniel Libre's three-yard TD run.
Hawaii had a golden opportunity to tie the game or go in front after Moore fumbled the ball away on the next Boise State offensive play, but Thompson picked off Funaki at the five.
Thompson intercepted Funaki on the third play of the third quarter, giving the Broncos the ball near midfield. Then, on a 3rd-and-3 from the 12, Moore threw to Julian Hawkins for a score to extend the margin to 17-7.
"When you see an opportunity to make a play, you want to make the play," said Thompson. "You don't know how many chances you get like that. Fortunately, I was able to make the plays tonight."
Funaki was picked off by Jeron Johnson later in the third quarter. That led to Moore's 16-yard scoring strike to Austin Pettis with 7:49 remaining in the quarter.
Brotzman missed a 35-yard field goal try in the waning seconds of the third, but he connected from 43 yards away early in the fourth.
Boise State is 7-3 all-time against Hawaii, including 4-0 at home...The Broncos play at San Jose State next Friday night, while Hawaii hosts Nevada next Saturday...Thompson's three interceptions are one shy of a team record. Steve Forrey had four against Idaho State in 1968...Boise State is 54-4 all- time in the WAC...Ian Johnson had 12 carries for 41 yards for the Broncos, while Vinny Perretta had six receptions for 82 yards...The Broncos are 17-0 in Bronco Stadium as a top-25 ranked team...Funaki matched a school record for interceptions thrown in a game.
10/18 01:35:31 ET