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November 6, 2010

The Blue Turf Quarter Horse

First Quarter


LOUD!!!

The windows are open in the pressbox, so we can hear the crowd, so loud!

Hawaii fumbled the opening kick, got it back, picked up a first down, then Bryant Moniz goes incomplete (adrenaline flows like Pahoe-hoe) twice and gets sacked by Chase Baker for an 8-yard loss. Punt.

The stadium is plumb full.

Doug Martin Fumbled! … killed a promising BSU drive. Moore was near-perfect on the drive, completing passes of 21, 11 and 19 yards. The turnover gave Hawaii the ball at its own 7-yard line.

Hawaii sure can move the ball, but a few incomplete passes and another sack (Shea McClellin) and its offense stalled; Hawaii punted again.

Ball control is important, but turnovers are greater. Doug Martin has a fumble history. He was trying to make a play, but at what cost? Good clean drives have made this program famous. Fumbles in the red zone are embarrassing. I'm sure Martin will get his run on this week, for punishment.

Kellen Moore rallied his troops, zoomed downfield with big passes to Tyler Shoemaker (23 yards) and Austin Pettis (12, 18 yards). On the 12-yard reception, Austin Pettis broke the school record for career receptions (190), breaking Don Hutt's record. He now holds the career touchdowns and receptions records at Boise State. It was a classic Pettis reception, over the middle, hands extended, beautiful. Hutt's record stood for 37 years.


BSU scored on the drive on a reverse from its "Wild" formation. Chris Potter handed to Doug martin on the read play, who handed off to Jeremy Avery on the reverse for the 15-yard score. Drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 2:29. BSU sure moves fast when it needs to. Moore is 8-for-9, 122 yards.

Avery failed to score on the conversion attempt, 6-0.

The BSU defense forced its first 3-and-out. Moniz badly overthrew both of his receivers on back-to-back plays.

Moore drives his team right back down the field, methodical.


Second Quarter


Moore, pressured, a man in his face, lobs a pass over the linebackers for 12 yards to Tyler Shoemaker to break the school record for career touchdown passes (83), breaking Ryan Dinwiddie's mark of 82. Moore already owns the career completions record. He is so efficient, he's a ways away from getting the attempts record.


It's safe to say, Kellen Moore is the greatest quarterback in the history of Boise State University. His team is up 13-0. Moore is 16-for-17, 183 yards, TD.

The BSU defense held again for a 3-and-out. George Iloka almost intercepted a Moniz pass on third down. Moniz is 5-for-10, 30 yards and has been sacked twice.

Ryan Winterswyk was flagged for a personal foul after the punt. BSU has first and 10 at its own 10-yard line.

On a 35-yard pass play from Moore to Shoemaker to start said drive, Moore passes Tony Hilde for second place on the BSU career passing yardage list. Ryan Dinwiddie is atop the list.

Moore is having one of the best games of his life. He hit Gabe Linehan for 19 yards to convert a third down. Jeremy Avery capped the drive with a 4-yard run to the left side that initially wasn't called a touchdown, but upon review was overturned. Kellen even ran a little option on the drive, pitching to Avery, who spelled Martin on the drive. Moore also hit Geraldo Hiwat for 17 yards on the drive.

Pettis ran the ball in on an option play to the left for the conversion, BSU 21-Hawaii 0.


Moniz trooped his Warriors downfield, finally crossing the 50-yard line with about 6 minutes left in the half, hitting Rodney Bradley and Dustin Blount for big conversions, but on 4th and 1, Hawaii went for it. Moniz had a scrambling lane, but it was closed by (who else?) J.P. Nisby, who got the sack and the turnover on downs.

BSU is running a sort of 4-1-6, but sometimes a second linebacker will come in for a defensive lineman. It is exclusively running three cornerbacks on every play.

Immediately after the PA announcer gave the 20-0 TCU, Utah score, Kellen Moore threw his third interception of the season, a long pass behind Shoemaker.

The defense fought so hard for the turnover and the offense committed its second of the game.

But, of course, the defense bowed its neck, forced another 3-and-out and punt. Hawaii punter Alex Dunachie has had a heck of a day. That's his third punt inside the BSU 20, this one a 49-yarder. BSU takes over at its 8-yard line.


Moore hit Avery on a slick backside screen for 26 yards. Thomas Byrd threw a huge block to spring him. But he also threw a (-3) pass to Young on the same play thrown to the other side.

Moore hit Shoemaker for 26 yards on a bizarre pass over the middle (bizarre just because it went right by a lagging Linehan, who ducked the ball and it went right to Shoemaker in stride). That catch put Shoemaker over 100 yards receiving in the first half for the second week in a row

The drive stalled and BSU turned the ball over on downs when Moore overthrew Shoemaker on fourth down. Martin lost 5 yards on third down.

Hawaii ran out the clock to end the half.

BSU should be up by 4 touchdowns at least, but the offense fumbled, was intercepted and turned the ball over on downs. It wasn't pretty, but it was. It was like one of those Picasso girls. From a distance, it looked really nice, but up close, the image was all jacked up.

BSU 21 - Hawaii 0.


Half Time


There are almost 20 NFL scouts at the game, as is WAC Commissioner Karl Benson.

BSU held Hawaii to 86 yards on the first half and tallied 369 yards (322 passing by Moore).

At halftime, 40 people swore an oath to join the United States Army. These young enlisted men and women join the union of American soldiers already fighting in wars half the world away.

My two best friends are with the 116th in Mississippi right now, heading to Iraq next week. The band forms the shape of military initials and plays their fight songs. I grow a beard and head hair until my boys return from war. If you see me in the next year, all mangy and overgrown that's why. It's difficult to measure the loss of these men and women from the ranks of Idaho citizens. We know they all won't return. But I sure hope they come back. I cannot imagine a world without my friends, without these people who serve up their lives to follow orders of the president and officers above them.

So help me God, I pray that I can affect this world as much as my brethren, for whom I'd give my life. I love this country. I pray these new inductees come home safe, beg that my best friends do the same.

First downs: BSU 18, Hawaii 5.

Third downs: BSU 7-for-8, Hawaii 1-for-7.

Hawaii, the No. 1 passing team in the nation (395.44 ypg) has 74 yards passing in the half.


Third Quarter


Wherever you go, there you are.

BSU goes 60 yards in 2:36, most of it on the huge 43-yard touchdown strike from Moore to Pettis on 3rd and 11. Pettis made one cut and scored. Martin set the drive up and even picked up the same third down, but it was called back for holding.

The Broncos began the half with five consecutive Martin runs, trying to establish a run game that only netted 47 yards on 16 first-half carries. BSU 28, Hawaii 0.

When they want to run, the Broncos can usually pull it off.


Winston Venable came on a front-side blitz and hammered Moniz to the turf. McClellin added another sack to kill the drive and Jeron Johnson broke up his second pass of the drive to force a punt. A 4-yard pass on 2nd-and-16 finally put the Warriors over 100 total offensive yards. BSU has 439 yards.

Well, it's 522 yards now, with Kellen Moore hitting Titus Young on the fly route left, so wide open it looked like it did in warm-ups. Young ran right past the corner to catch an 83-yard touchdown pass. The play was the entire 12-second drive, coming out of a TV timeout.

Tyrone Crawford just sacked Moniz for an 8-yard loss. He has had Broncos in his face all day and seldom has open receivers. And Jarrell Root gets a sack. That's another 3-and-out.

The 4-1-6 works great if you can get a push with the defensive line. BSU has consistently beat Hawaii tackles Austin Hansen and Laupepa Letuli. With seven players in coverage, many of the sacks have been coverage-warranted, but the defensive line's push pressures Moniz, makes him hurry. He has only run once for positive yards. He got sacked seven times in the game.

Moore killed his own drive with his second interception of the game, both by Mana Silva, who set the school career interceptions record with his 13th, for the senior.

On the ensuing drive, Moniz picked up another first down, but couldn't get two (he was sacked again, by Jonathan Brown this time on a nickel blitz).

This is the first time Moore has thrown two interceptions in a game since the La Tech game last season.

The last sack on Moniz dropped the Warriors to 0 rush yards for the game.


The run game took over as the third quarter came to a close. Avery gained 35 yards on a counter play to the right. Martin picked up 10 more.

As the Broncos drove downfield, Moore hit Hiwat for 10 yards to give him 507 passing yards in the game (30-for-37, 3 TD, 2 INT).

Pettis also had more than 100 yards receiving (8-for-122). If Young can make one more catch for positive yards, the Broncos will have three 100-yard receivers.

It's like BSU was facing the best passing team in the country and was like, "Oh really? I thought that was us? See, yup, it was us!"


Fourth Quarter


BSU must really like the first plays of quarters.

To start the fourth, Avery ran 19 yards off the right side to score and make it 42-0 BSU. It was another typical Bronco drive, 6 plays, 70 yards in 2:17. It seldom takes them more than 5 minutes to score.


Green just carried twice to give Hawaii a first down.

Green then took it 54 yards to take away the shutout. It was a draw play right up the middle. Until that play, BSU had held Hawaii to negative-6 rushing yards.

I blame the persistent pass rush, that went up field and the lack of a middle linebacker on the play. BSU only played one linebacker so far in the game, rotating the position.

Although it is 42-7, the stadium is surprisingly full. I think the Bronco fans took some guff after its lackluster Tuesday night performance and wanted to prove something. Consider it proved. The fans even pulled off a pretty good "Wave" at the fourth quarter intermission.


Moore's 507 yards is a career best. It is good for third best in school history, behind a couple of games by Ryan Dinwiddie (509 against SMU in 2003 and 532 against La Tech in 2003), Moore's 507-yard game passed Jim McMillan's mark of 454 yards against UNLV in 1974 for third-place all time. Moore's previous best was 414 yards.

Had Moore finished the game, he may have easily broken the school record.

Both Moore and Moniz sat out most of the fourth quarter.

Moniz' final numbers: 17-for-28, 127 yards, sacked 7 times.

Attendance: 34,060.

Moore's 81 percent completion percentage for the game is the second best of his career.

How about a Jarvis Hodge sighting? He's my boy. He only gets carries in junk time, but I think he could do well with the first team O … well maybe. He has a good average (6.2 ypc.).

The last run by Drew Wright put BSU over 700 yards for the second time in school history.

A 10-yard run by Hodge gave BSU 747 total yards, a school record.

Final score: BSU 42, Hawaii 7


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