(Friday, September 18th)
Final Score: (10) Boise State 51, Fresno State 34
Fresno, CA (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw for three touchdowns, and the combination of Jeremy Avery and D.J. Harper led a bruising running attack, as 10th-ranked Boise State exploded offensively again for a 51-34 victory over Fresno State.
Coming off a 48-0 win over Miami-Ohio last week, the Broncos (3-0, 1-0 WAC) rolled up 480 yards of total offense Friday night, but that was actually 27 fewer yards than the Bulldogs.
It was a wild game that featured six scoring plays of at least 60 yards, with Fresno State's Ryan Mathews coming up with 234 rushing yards and TD runs of 69, 68 and 60 yards.
Boise State's Winston Venable returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown, and Titus Young came up with a big recovery in the end zone after Avery fumbled near the goal line following a 74-yard rumble.
Avery finished with 11 carries for 186 yards, and Harper garnered 107 yards and a TD on 12 rushes for Boise State.
Moore threw for 181 yards on 18-of-26 efficiency. Avery led the way with five catches for 83 yards. That included a 67-yard TD on a screen pass in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Colburn went 14-of-29 for 187 yards with a TD and two interceptions passing for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1).
It was a crazy start to the fourth quarter with three touchdowns recorded in just a 1:14 span. First, Moore finished off a drive with an eight-yard scoring toss to Austin Pettis only 46 seconds into the period, providing the visitors with a 41-27 cushion.
Just 48 seconds later, Mathews then busted up the middle for a 68-yard scoring run.
Only 26 seconds after that, Avery caught a screen pass on the left side of the field and took it to the end zone for a 67-yard score.
Fresno State then turned the ball over on downs, and Jimmy Pavel's 24-yard field goal provided BSU with the insurance of a 17-point lead with four minutes remaining.
Venable picked off Colburn and ran in for a score less than two minutes into the game. Kyle Brotzman kicked a 32-yard field goal, and Harper's 60-yard TD run early in the second made it 17-0 in favor of Boise State.
Kevin Goessling kicked a 37-yard field goal for Fresno State, but Young scored on a seven-yard reception with 7:49 left in the half for a 24-3 BSU advantage.
Mathews then ripped off scoring runs of 69 and 60 yards in a span of less than three minutes, getting the Bulldogs to within seven points at the half.
Young returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 102 yards for a score, but it was called back due to offsetting penalties. Doug Martin continued the excitement though with a 77-yard return, leading to Brotzman's 30-yard field goal.
Colburn found Devon Wylie for a leaping catch in the end zone from 21 yards away, pulling the hosts within 27-24 with 11:39 left in the third.
The big play night continued moments later. Avery broke free up the middle and appeared headed to the end zone, but the ball was stripped away and was on its way to bouncing through the end zone. That's when Young raced in and dove on it, moving Boise State ahead by 10 points again.
Goessling's 27-yard field goal had Fresno State within 34-27 moving to the fourth quarter.
Boise State has won the last four meetings and is 8-4 all-time against the Bulldogs...The Broncos play at Bowling Green next Saturday, while the Bulldogs are on the road against Cincinnati...The teams combined for 467 yards of kickoff returns...Fresno State was 4-of-17 on third down conversions.
09/19 01:22:09 ET