BOISE, Idaho The Chris Petersen era got underway at Boise State with a dominating 45-0 win over Sacramento State at Bronco Stadium on Saturday night.
The Broncos dominated every facet of the game. Boise State’s offense scored on four of its first five possessions en route to 427 total offensive yards, while the Bronco defense limited the Hornets to just 82 total yards in the gamethe seventh fewest in school history.
The special teams was equally impressive with punter Kyle Stringer averaging 50.2 yards on four punts with three of them pinning Sacramento State inside its 10-yard line.
Boise State jumped to a 7-0 lead on its first possession. Ian Johnson capped an impressive five-play, 60-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Johnson finished with 89 yards on 13 carries in his first game as a starter.
Defense set up the Broncos next two scores. Interceptions on back-to-back possessions by Marty Tadman and Colt Brooks led to two more Bronco touchdowns.
Quarterback Jared Zabransky put the Broncos up 14-0 on a one-yard quarterback sneak on a 6-play, 75-yard drive after the Tadman interception. Johnson finished the next drive, a 2-play 16-yarder, with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Broncos a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Boise State built its lead to 28-0 when Zabransky hooked up with Legedu Naanee on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Zabransky’s first touchdown pass finished a 5-play, 34-yard drive. He finished the game completing 11-of-20 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Zabransky started the second half as fast as the Broncos started the first. The third-year starter found Drisan James with a 52-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the half. James finished the night with a career-high 125 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also had a career-high 56-yard reception to set up Boise State’s first touchdown.
Boise State wrapped up its scoring with a 33-yard field goal by Anthony Montgomery in the third quarter and a 1-yard touchdown run by Jon Helmandollar in the fourth quarter. Helmandollar’s touchdown finished an impressive 14-play, 71-yard drive led by backup quarterback Taylor Tharp who completed all four of his pass attempts for 31 yards.
Offensively, five Broncos rushed for at least 25 yards. In addition to Johnson, Helmandollar gained 36 yards on nine carries, Zabransky had 31 yards on eight carries, Brett Denton had 31 yards on six carries and wide receiver/running back Vinny Perretta finished with 25 yards on four carries.
Defensively, Brooks led the Broncos with eight tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception. Orlando Scandrick and Korey Hall added six tackles and one tackle for loss each.