(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: (9) Boise State 45, Idaho 10
Moscow, ID (Sports Network) - Jeremy Avery rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries, as the ninth-ranked Boise State Broncos routed the Idaho Vandals, 45-10, to keep their BCS hopes alive.
Kellen Moore racked up 210 yards on 23-of-31 passing for the Broncos (10-0, 6-0 WAC), who clinched at least a share of the WAC title for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Vinny Perretta and Ian Johnson also rushed for scores in the win. Jeremy Childs hauled in 11 balls for 99 yards.
"It doesn't really mean anything to clinch a share of the WAC Championship," said Boise State coach Chris Petersen. "Next week will be a very, very big game for us. We now have to go and prepare for the Wolfpack. Nope, I don't care about (Utah vs BYU). I care about the Wolfpack and the Broncos and going out getting the goal which we set out to get, which is the WAC Championship."
Nathan Enderle tallied 225 yards with a TD and two picks on 15-of-26 passing for the Vandals (2-9, 1-6), who have dropped two in a row and eight of nine overall. Daniel Hardy had four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Deonte' Jackson was the leading rusher for Idaho with 53 yards on 15 touches.
The Vandals struck early to take a quick lead. On the first play from scrimmage, Enderle hit Hardy for what looked like a short gain. However, the receiver shook off a tackle and dashed 81 yards down the right sideline to paydirt for a 7-0 lead just 24 seconds into the contest.
"It's always good to have an intermediate or short pass go for a big gain," said Enderle. "It takes a lot of the work out of it, for me at least. It's great to see a guy like Daniel Hardy make that play, because he's a hard worker, he's always shown up, he's always psyched to be there and it's great to see a guy like that make a big play in a big game."
Two possessions later, Boise State answered to knot the game. The Broncos started at their own 38 and Moore hit Childs for a 14-yard gain. The two hooked up again on the next play for a 24-yard gain, and following a five-yard penalty, Avery rushed in 17 yards for the tying score.
Boise State forced Idaho to punt on its ensuing drive, and Kyle Wilson returned the kick 79 yards for a 14-7 Broncos lead with 2:40 left in the first quarter.
Tino Amancio split the uprights on a 20-yard field goal about five minutes into the second frame to make it a 14-10 affair.
Kyle Brotzman countered with a 23-yard boot to make it a seven-point game with 90 seconds left before the half. However, he missed a 33-yarder at the end of the stanza to keep it at 17-10 heading into the break.
The Broncos got the ball first in the second half and made the most of the possession. Johnson ran for a total of seven yards on the first two plays to move the ball to the Boise State 27. Three plays later Avery broke a 57-yard rush down the left sideline and into the end zone for a 24-10 lead 2:19 into the third.
Boise State increased its cushion to 31-10 on the next Idaho drive. Ellis Powers sacked Enderle and jarred the ball loose, Powers then picked up the ball and raced 45 yards for a touchdown.
A three-and-out from the Vandals followed, and the Broncos took advantage of the situation. Perretta's 16-yard TD run capped a seven-play, 67-yard drive that resulted in a 38-10 Boise State lead, which held up through the end of the third stanza.
The visitors took over at their own 25 following a failed 4th-and-12 attempt by Idaho. Perretta rushed for 28 yards on first down, then D.J. Harper gained 22 yards on the next play. Three snaps later, Johnson punched in a two-yard score for a 45-10 lead just over four minutes into the fourth.
In the past three games, BSU has outscored its opponents by a combined 143-24...In a series that began in 1971, Boise State has won 20, lost 17 and tied once with the Vandals. However, in more recent years BSU has been all over Idaho, winning every meeting since a 36-35 overtime loss to the Vandals in the season finale back in 1998.
11/15 22:27:43 ET