Broncos Beat 24th-Ranked Beavers
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -With a national stage yet again, Boise State showed that even a flawed performance is good enough with Kellen Moore at the helm.
Especially at home.
Moore completed 19 of 27 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, Doug Martin rumbled for 138 yards and the Broncos overcame a litany of special teams miscues and penalties to hold off No. 24 Oregon State 37-24 on Saturday night.
With a national television audience, the Broncos (3-0) got away with mistakes that will likely make head coach Chris Petersen livid for more than just the few minutes he spent chewing out his guilty players on the bench.
But in the popularity contest that is the Bowl Championship Series, the Broncos fell short of impressing the nation with a dominant performance. Boise State's student section started chanting ``B-C-S'' in the final minute, but blowouts is what will be expected in the coming weeks as the Broncos reach the soft section of their schedule.
Still, Boise State ran its home winning streak to 57 straight in the regular season and picked up their third straight win over Pac-10 schools in its final chance to make a statement against a ranked team for the next two months.
Martin had 119 yards in the second half and Titus Young had five catches for 136 yards and a 49-yard TD reception - all in the first half. Austin Pettis caught a 17-yard TD pass - this time without the somersault that landed him in Petersen's doghouse a week ago - and threw a 6-yard TD pass off a reverse to Tommy Gallarda in the first quarter.
Martin was the closer for the Broncos, touching the ball on eight of nine plays on Boise State's final drive that ate up more than seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Kyle Brotzman's 30-yard field goal, his third of the game, pushed the Broncos lead to 13 and sealed the all important victory.
The Oregon State (1-2) combo of Jacquizz and James Rodgers never got started offensively, even though James returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter - the first punt return score of his career.
Jacquizz Rodgers was held to 46 yards on 18 carries and a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter. James Rodgers was knocked out by an apparent concussion early in the third quarter while blocking on a scramble by quarterback Ryan Katz. Rodgers and Boise State safety Winston Venable collided helmet-to-helmet.
Boise State led 24-10 at halftime and 31-17 early in the third quarter. Yet the countless mistakes by the Broncos kept Oregon State hanging around when they were statistically dominated.
The Broncos outgained Oregon State 469-237. Moore's numbers were nearly double that of Katz, who completed 12 of 26 passes for 159 yards.
The counterbalances were Boise State's eight penalties, poor coverage on special teams and one big turnover.
Down 24-10 in the third, Jacquizz Rodgers scored from the 4, slipping through the tackle of George Iloka at the line of scrimmage, finishing a drive kept alive by two personal foul penalties against Boise State, both on third down.
While Moore made plenty of plays with his arm, the biggest play for the Broncos might have come from Martin. After Rodgers' score, Martin took the first play of the next series 55 yards, bulling through safety Lance Mitchell. Five plays later, Moore hit Tyler Shoemaker for a 21-yard score.
After the Broncos' defense held, Young muffed the ensuing punt and the Beavers recovered. That was followed by one of the wackier TDs scored on the blue turf when Joe Halahuni recovered the fumble of teammate Darrell Catchings in the end zone for a Beavers touchdown. Catchings caught an ill-advised throw from Katz that should have been intercepted by Jeron Johnson, fumbled as he dove to the goal line, but Halahuni was the only player in the area.
But the Beavers could do no more. Katz was sacked four times and Oregon State finished with 78 yards rushing.
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