Broncos Run Nation's Best Winning Streak to 19 with Victory
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Jeremy Avery ran for three touchdowns, Kellen Moore passed for three more and the Bronco defense forced five turnovers to lift No. 4 Boise State to a 57-14 victory over Toledo on Saturday night.
Moore and the rest of the offense were clicking from the start, scoring on five of their first seven possessions to put the game out of reach early. Boise State (5-0) has now won 19 straight games, the nation's longest winning streak after top-ranked Alabama was upset by No. 19 South Carolina.
Moore was efficient as usual, connecting on 16 of 22 passes for 267 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to Titus Young.
Avery carried just seven times for 42 yards, but he made those touches count. He scored twice on 5-yard runs and another on a 12-yard reverse.
Toledo (3-3) had just 278 total yards in losing for the first time on the road this season.
Boise State, in the middle of the softer section of their schedule, plays next Saturday at San Jose State. The Broncos lost their No. 3 spot to Oregon, but could move up again in the rankings with Alabama's loss.
Toledo quarterbacks Austin Dantin, who split duties with Terrence Owens, brought the Rockets to within 15-7 late in the first quarter when he scored on a four-yard run.
But two other promising drives were spoiled by turnovers, the first when Dantin's pass deflected off the hands of Kenny Stafford and was intercepted by Brandyn Thompson at the Bronco 16.
One possession later, Rocket running back Adonis Thomas caught a screen pass and ran into Boise territory, but coughed up the ball after being stripped by George Iloka.
The Bronco's stingy defense, which came into the game allowing just 223.5 total yards per game, also got into the scoring act. Early in the third quarter, Dantin's short pass in the flat was picked off by defensive end Shea McClellin, who rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown that put the Broncos up 43-7.
The Broncos held the Rockets to just 65 yards on the ground and 287 yards overall.
Dantin was 13 of 18 for 167 yards and two interceptions. But he was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter after colliding with a Bronco defender. Owens was 8 of 11 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown, a 7-yard strike to Danny Noble late in the fourth quarter.
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