BLUE TURF BLOG - Fresno State Gameday

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This game may now be officially out of control.  After Boise State took a 41-27 lead on Austin Pettis' eight-yard touchdown reception, Fresno State came right back on the next possession when Ryan Matthews broke up the middle for a 68-yard touchdown run.  His third touchdown run of the night over 60 yards to make the score 41-34.  On Boise State's next possession, Jeremy Avery caught a screen pass from Kellen Moore and raced to the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown and push Boise State's lead back to 14 points, 48-34.

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Boise State extended its lead to open the fourth quarter with an eight yard pass to Austin Pettis from Kellen Moore.  Jimmy Pavel kicked the extra point to make the score 41--27.

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Taking a quick look at the end of three quarters, Fresno State continues to hold the lead in total offense with 347 yards to Boise State's 301.  Running back Jeremy Avery became the first Bronco to break the 100-yard single game rushing mark this season.  The junior has 113 yards on seven carries.  Avery and Pettis are tied for the team lead in receptions with four each. 

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After Boise State held Fresno State to no first downs in the first quarter (to Boise State's five), both teams had 11 at the end of the third quarter.

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This has to be one of the most entertaining games so far this season for ESPN.  After Fresno State cut the Bronco lead to 27-24, Boise State running back broke off right tackle and was headed for a touchdown when he was caught from behind and fumbled the ball at the one-yardline.  The ball went into the end zone and appeared to be heading out the back when Bronco wide receiver Titus Young bounced on the ball and recovered it for a touchdown and a 34-24 Boise State lead.

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Another big kickoff returned setup Boise State's first points of the second half.  Doug Martin returned the second half kickoff 77 yards to setup a 30-yard field goal by Kyle Brotzman for a 27-17 Bronco lead.  It was the second 77-yard kickoff return for the Broncos.  Titus Young had a 77-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.  The field goal was the second of the night for Brotzman.

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Big swing of momentum midway through the second quarter for Fresno State.  Trailing Boise State 24-3, Bulldog running back had scoring runs of 69 and 60 yards to cut the Bronco lead to just seven points, 24-17, at halftime.  Boise State linebacker Derrell Acrey intercepted a Fresno State pass and returned it to the Fresno State 34-yardline late in the half, but Boise State was unable to take advantage of the turnover.  The half ended with Fresno State now leading Boise State in total offense with 206 to 166 yards. 

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It was all about Titus Young on Boise State's last scoring drive to make the score 24-3.  Following a Fresno State field goal, Young returned the kickoff 77 yards and three plays later scored on a seven-yard pass from Kellen Moore.  It was the third touchdown pass of the year for Young to lead all Boise State receivers.  It was also Moore's sixth touchdown pass of the season. 

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DJ Harper opened up the second quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run to give Boise State a 17-0 lead.  It was the first time Harper had carried the ball in the game.  Harper's 60-yard run is the longest run from scrimmage by a Boise State running back since Ian Johnson scored on a 69-yard run against Fresno State last year at Bronco Stadium.  The run is also the longest of Harper's career at Boise State.  His previous long was 49 yards. 

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DJ Harper opened up the second quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run to give Boise State a 17-0 lead.  It was the first time Harper had carried the ball in the game.  Harper's 60-yard run is the longest run from scrimmage by a Boise State running back since Ian Johnson scored on a 69-yard run against Fresno State last year at Bronco Stadium.  The run is also the longest of Harper's career at Boise State.  His previous long was 49 yards

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Taking a look at the first quarter stats, Boise State out gained the Bulldogs 76 to 20 in total yards.  The Broncos gained 30 yards on the ground and 45 in the air.  Jeremy Avery was Boise State's leading rusher with 35 yards on five carries.  Kellen Moore completed six of eight passes for 46 yards with Titus Young and Austin Pettis both catching two passes.  Aside from the 10-0 score, the other big stat for Boise State was the Bronco defense holding Fresno State to no first downs in the first 15 minutes of play. 

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Junior place kicker Kyle Brotzman put the Broncos up 10-0 on a 32-yard field with at the 8:49 mark of the first quarter.  Following Venable's interception return for a touchdown, the Boise State forced a punt which Kyle Wilson returned the Bulldog punt 25 yards.  Boise State drove the ball to Fresno State's seven-yard line before the Bulldogs held Boise State on third bringing out Brotzman for his second field goal of the year.  His other successful attempt this season came in the Oregon game from 45 yards.

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A quick pick-six for the Broncos to open the game.  On third down for Fresno State, Winston Venable picked off a Bulldog pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown with just just one minute and 55 seconds off the game clock.  The interception is the first in Venable's Bronco career, and the sixth interception for Boise State this season.  Venable joined the Bronco progarm this past January after transferring from Glendale Community College in Arizona.

Captains for tonight's game are Kyle Wilson, Richie Brockel, Doug Martin and Brandyn Thompson.  Wilson and Brockel were selected season long captains earlier this year.  Martin and Thompson are game captains for tonight.

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Boise State wins the toss and defers to the second half.  Fresno State will receive the opening kickoff and defending the north end zone.

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This is the second of six Boise State games ESPN will broadcast this year.  The first was Oregon back on Sept. 3.  The next national broadcast will be Oct. 14 (Wednesday) at Tulsa.  The others are Nov. 6 (Friday) at Louisiana Tech, Nov. 20 (Friday) at Utah State and Nov. 27 (Friday) at Bronco Stadium against Nevada.

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The game is just an hour away and the weather could easily have an effect on the game.  The Central Valley of California is in the middle of a heat wave and the current temperature is 100 degrees.  This is where head strength and conditioning Tim Socha's off-season conditioning program is going to come into effect.  The Broncos have been known as one of the hardest working programs in terms of conditioning and all that hard work in the weight room at at the Caven-Williams Indoor Center will come into play.

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One change to the starting lineup for the Broncos.  #57 Garrett Pendergast will start at right offensive tackle in place of #54 Michael Ames.  Offensive line coach Scott Huff stated that both players have been in a very competitive battle for the starting position since the start of preseason camp back in early August.  Ames, a red-shirt freshman, started the Oregon and Miami (Ohio) games.