Broncos Fly by Falcons in 49-14 Win Over Bowling Green
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -Kellen Moore was nearly flawless for No. 8 Boise State, throwing for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 49-14 victory over Bowling Green Saturday.
Boise State's big play offense needed four plays or less on its first six scoring drives. The Broncos (4-0) didn't score until a minute into the second quarter when receiver Titus Young took a pitch from Moore and ran 18 yards for a touchdown.
That was all the spark they needed.
Doug Martin scored on a 34-yard run down the right sideline two minutes later and then Young scored 18 second after that. The Broncos had gotten the ball back when Boise State's Brandyn Thompson intercepted Tyler Sheehan's tipped pass.
On the next play, Young ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone, giving the Broncos a 22-0 lead.
All that took just 2:27.
Moore threw for 195 yards in the second quarter alone, completing eight straight passes at one point.
He finished 17 of 21, spreading the ball around to six different receivers. Tyler Shoemaker had 105 yards on four catches.
Bowling Green (1-3), hosting a top-10 team for the first time in school history, hung around early. The Falcons opened the game with a seven-minute drive, but came up empty after Jerry Phillips missed a 29-yard field goal.
They did hold Boise State scoreless in the first quarter - about the only bright spot on the night.
Boise State finished with 529 yards in total offense.
The Broncos' running game didn't miss a beat despite playing without second-leading rusher D.J. Harper, who has what is likely a season-ending knee injury.
Doug Martin, a defensive back who has seven tackles this season, took Harper's spot and ran for 116 yards on 13 carries. Martin hardly looked like a back who had only seen limited action the last two seasons at running back.
Starter Jeremy Avery rushed for 92 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter that put Boise State ahead 36-0.
Thompson's interception in the second quarter marked the sixth consecutive game with a pick for the Broncos.
The Broncos, with their best regular-season ranking in school history, intercepted Sheehan's passes twice, giving them nine interceptions this season. They did give up just their second passing touchdown, but it came after the game was all but over.
Sheehan, who had completed 68 percent of his throws this year coming into the game, couldn't get anything going against the Broncos' stingy pass defense.
He finished 16-of-29 passing with just 137 yards.
Boise State, making its first trip to Ohio, also shut down Falcons receiver Freddie Barnes who was leading the nation with 14 catches per game. He only managed four receptions for 24 yards.
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