Blue Turf Blog - Gameday At Bowling Green

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Junior Jarvis Hodge scored the second touchdown of his career at the 6:11 mark of the fourth quarter on a one-yard run to make the Bronco lead 49-14.  Hodge scored his first touchdown as a freshman in 2007.  He did not score last year. 

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Boise State is over the 500 yard mark for total yards with 533 on 58 plays. The Broncos are averaging 9.2 yards-per-play.

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Doug Martin broke the century mark for rushing in the game for the first time in his career.  Martin has carried the ball tonight 12 times for 106 yards and one touchdown.  Martin becomes the third Bronco to rush for over 100-yard in a game this season.  Jeremy Avery gained 186 yards rushing last week at Fresno State, and DJ Harper rushed for 106 yards against Fresno State before being hurt.

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Bowling Green put another long scoring drive together to make the score 43-14 late in the third quarter.  This drive covered 61 yards and took 10 plays. 

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The third quarter has come to an end with Boise State leading 43-14. 

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Kellen Moore finished the night completing 17 of 21 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  His efficiency rating for the night was 211.18. 

Moore's completion percentage of 80.95 in the game is the sixth best all-time at Boise State, and the best in Moore's two-year career at Boise State. 

Moore now has 4,386 career total yards and has moved into ninth on the all-time Boise State list.  Moore also has 4,418 career passing yards and has moved into seventh on the all-time Bronco list. 

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Bowling Green is on the board.  The host Falcons scored their first points on a 7-yard pass from Tyler Sheehan to Freddie Barnes midway through the third quarter.  They were the first point Boise State has allowed since early in the fourth quarter last week at Fresno State. 

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Game Note: Bronco wide receiver Titus Young has four receptions for 105 yards marking the first time in his career he has gained over a 100-yards receiving in a game. 

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It looks like Kellen Moore maybe done for the night as he was replaced by Michael Coughlin to begin Boise State's next drive.

Following a fumble recovery by Boise State's Billy Winn at Bowling Green's 11 yardline, it took the Broncos just two plays to score again when Kellen Moore hit fullback Richie Brockel wide open in the left flat for a two-yard scoring pass.  Brotzman's extra point made it 43-0 at the 13:41 mark of the third quarter.  Boise State has now scored 43 unaswered points in the last 17 minutes and 19 seconds.

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The scoring reception for Brockel is his first of the season.

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Kellen Moore has now completed 17 of 21 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Broncos started the second half with a bang.  After gaining only 21 yards on 11 carries in the first half, Jeremy Avery broke off left tackle on Boise State's first possession for a 71-yard scoring run to give the Broncos a 36-0 lead just 33 seconds into the third quarter.  Avery now has gained 92 yards on 12 carries for a 7.7 yards-per-carry average.  It was Avery's first rushing touchdown of the season.  His other score this season came on a 67-yard pass from Kellen Moore in last week's win at Fresno State. 

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Boise State now has gained 418 total yards and is averaging 11.0 yards-per-play.

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Here's the halftime stats.

Rushing
Doug Martin: 3 carries for 49 yards and one touchdown

Passing
Kellen Moore: 15 of 18 attempts for 242 yards and one touchdown.

Receiving
Titus Young: 5 receptions for 55 yards; Tyler Shoemaker: four receptions for 105 yards and 0 touchowns; Austin Pettis: three receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown.

Tackles
Jeron Johnson: four tackles, two unassisted. 

Team Stats

Total Offense: Boise State 344 and averaging 9.8 yards-per-play; Bowling Green 70 and averaging 2.3 yards-per-play
Rushing: Boise State 102 yards on 17 carries for a 6.0 yards-per-rush average: Bowling Green 28 yards on 14 carries for a 2.0 yards-per-rush average.
Passing: Boise State 15 of 19 for 242 yards; Bowling Green six of 17 for 45 yards and two interceptions.
First Down: Boise State 16, Bowling Green 6. 

In the second half Boise State had 14 first downs to only two for Bowling Green.

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And the points keep coming for the Broncos.  Starting its drive at its own 45-yardline, it took Boise State just three plays to score with Kellen Moore capping the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis.  It was Moore's first scoring pass of the night and gave Boise State a 29-0 lead.  The 29-points is the most Boise State has scored in a quarter since scoring 28 points in the third quarter of its game last year against Fresno State.  The Broncos would go on to defeat the Bulldogs 61-10 that night (Nov. 28, 2008). 

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Following Jeron Johnson's interception, Boise State drove the ball to inside the Bowling Green's five-yard line but was unable to punch it in.  Kyle Brotzman came on to attempt a 22-yard yard field goal, but a high snap from center prevented Brotzman's attempt and holder Austin Pettis tried to score around left end but was run out of bounds. 

Boise State held Bowling Green on the next possesion and will start its next drive on its own 45-yardline. 

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Boise State picked off its second Bowling Green pass when the Falcons threw into double coverage and Jeron Johnson intercepted the pass and returned it to the Boise State 22 yard line.  It was Johnson's second interception of the season, and the fifth of his career. 

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It didn't take long for the Broncos to put more points on the scoreboard with Doug Martin taking a handoff from Kellen Moore and running around right end for a 34-yard touchdown.  Kyle Brotzman added the extra point for a 15-0 lead.  It was Martin's third rushing touchdown of the year.

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On the next possession for Bowling Green, Brandyn Thompson intercepted a Falcon pass and returned it to the Bowling Green 25-yard line.  On the very next play, Titus Young scored on another reverse (this time going the other direction).  Brotzman added the extra point for a 22-0 lead. 

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After a scoreless first quarter, Boise State has now scord 22 points in two minutes and 26 seconds. 

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After a scoreless first quarter, it didn't take the Broncos long to get on the scoreboard as Titus Young scored on an 18-yard reverse.  Boise State went for two on the extra point.  After a direct snap to Austin Pettis, Pettis looked into the end zone and could not find anyone.  After scrambling away from a tackle, Pettis found Richie Brockel in the end zone for two points and an 8-0 Bronco lead.

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Boise State also went for two points following its first touchdown in the Oregon game earlier this year and was also successful.

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Not the way Boise State wanted to start its game at Bowling Green with the game scoreless (0-0) at the end of the first period.  The Broncos have had the ball for only nine plays for 57 total yards and just four minutes and 48 seconds.  Boise State did not get its first two first downs of the game until late in the quarter.  Kellen Moore completed three of five passes for 47 yards with Titus Young on the receiving end on two of those passes for 16 yards.  Boise State is driving the ball and has the first down and 10 at Bowling Green's 18 yardline.

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This is the first time Boise State has not scored in the first quarter since its game last year on Oct. 11 at Southern Miss.  In that game the Broncos would bounce back to score 24 points in the second quarter on their way to a 24-7 win in Hattiesburg, Miss. 

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Boise State has won the toss, but deferred its option to the second half.  Bowling Green will receiving the opening kickoff and defend the south end zone. 

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The crowd is still filing into the stadium.  Bowling Green normally averages 15,000 fans, and with an expected crowd of 24,000 there are still cars on the roads leading to the stadium.  There is a nice group of Bronco fans in attendance and they are sitting near the Bronco bench.

We are underway.

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Kickoff is just an hour away and the setting is a lot different this week for the Broncos.  The last time Boise State took the field it was eight days ago at Fresno State in the WAC opener.  A crowd of almost 40,000, along with temperatures over 100 degrees, awaited the Broncos.  Today the temps are in the low 70s with a crowd of 24,000 expected for the game against Bowling Green State University.  Bowling Green is located just 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio, and about an hour south of Detroit. 

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Boise State is the highest ranked (No. 8) team to ever visit Doyt Perry Stadium.  Speaking of rankings, here in the middle of Big 10 Conference country, the Broncos are the highest ranked team playing in the state of Ohio and within 100 miles.  No. 11 Ohio State is at home in Columbus currently handing Illinois a 23-0 defeat midway through the fourth quarter.  No. 22 Michigan was at home in Ann Arbor (70 miles away) earlier today and defeated Indiana 36-33. 

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No changes in Boise State's starting lineup, with the exception of running back DJ Harper who suffered a knee injury in last week's game at Fresno State and will miss the rest of the season.  Jeremy Avery and Doug Martin should see the majority of the rushing attempts.  Martin has been splitting his time between offense and defense (nickel) this year, but is expected to see more time on offense this day.