(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: (3) Boise State 59, New Mexico State 0
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes in limited playing time as No. 3 Boise State produced a 59-0 dismantling of New Mexico State.
Moore connected on 13-of-18 throws for 196 yards with two of his scores going to Kyle Efaw. Doug Martin caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score in gaining 94 yards on 10 touches as BSU ran its winning streak to 18 consecutive games.
Jeremy Avery, Jarvis Hodge and Mike Coughlin each logged a rushing TD for the Broncos (4-0, 1-0 WAC), who dispatched of nationally ranked Oregon State last weekend in their home opener, a game that figures to be the team's last significant test until a November 26 tilt at Nevada.
Boise State held a whopping 608-208 advantage in total yards of offense.
Matt Christian was 5-of-14 passing for 63 yards with an interception for the Aggies (0-4, 0-1), who have dropped 11 consecutive games, the third-longest active slide in the nation behind only Western Kentucky (24 losses) and Eastern Michigan (17).
The game was essentially over with 15 minutes in the books and Boise up 24-0.
The Broncos opening drive of 67 yards was the longest of four scoring ventures in the first quarter. Moore had consecutive completions of 17 and 15 yards to Titus Young and two plays later Coughlin ran it in for a 15-yard touchdown less than four minutes in.
Christian's interception deep in Aggie territory had Martin back in the end zone on a one-yard score under three minutes later.
"We were not a good football team to start a game off like that against Boise State. So that was pretty discouraging to start the game. That started the bleeding and it just continued to bleed," said NMSU head coach DeWayne Walker.
Kyle Brotzman later kicked a 32-yard field goal and Christian fumbled it away on a sack by Michael Atkinson a short time later leading to Avery's 18-yard touchdown run.
New Mexico State again turned it over on a fumble near midfield and Moore needed just two plays in tossing a 41-yard TD to Efaw for a 31-0 lead eight seconds into the second quarter.
"Our guys played hard, the defense set the tone early, got those turnovers. If we can get that going, you know our guys did pretty well," said BSU head coach Chris Petersen.
Boise State was finally held off the scoreboard on its sixth drive of the game, but was back in business on the seventh as Moore and Martin hooked up on a 28-yard score for a 38-0 game at halftime.
It was more of the same to start the second half, as Efaw reeled in his second touchdown -- a 26-yarder -- to cap a quick 71-yard drive with less than 2 1/2 minutes gone by.
Freshman Joe Southwick took over under center from there, and on his second turn directing the offense, aired it out 78 yards to Chris Potter for a touchdown to make it 52-0 after three quarters of play.
Hodge's 54-yard run to paydirt with under two minutes to play polished off the lopsided win.
"It's good to get those guys in, get the quarterbacks in so I was pleased about that. Those guys work just as hard as the rest of the guys out there," Petersen added about his subs seeing extended time.
Boise State is a perfect 11-0 all-time versus the Aggies. That included last year's 42-7 home win. In the last three games against the Broncos, New Mexico State has been outscored by a combined 208-7...Southwick finished 4-of-5 passing for 102 yards...Avery and Hodge each had 69 rushing yards while Young totaled 69 yards on five receptions for the victors. Efaw's only two catches went for touchdowns...Seth Smith's 34 yards on nine carries led the New Mexico State rushing attack.
10/03 02:02:46 ET