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Two long passes has put Tulsa back into the game.  After not gaining one first down the entire half, Tulsa picked up it first first down of the second half on a 36-yard pass, and then scored on the very next play on a 55 yard pass to cut Boise State's lead to seven points, 28-21.  All of Tulsa's touchdowns have come through the air tonight.  Boise State entered the game having only given up four touchdown passes through the first five games of the season. 

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Tulsa's touchdown came at the 9:29 mark of the fourth quarter. 

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Kyle Brotzman's second field goal of the night pushed Boise State's lead to 14 points, 28-14, with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter.  Brotzman's kick was for 18 yards and capped off a 12-play, 77-yard drive.  Brotzman's now has successful field goals from 27 and 18 yards tonight. 

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Doug Martin is within two yards of breaking the 100-yard rushing mark in a game.  Following the drive Martin has gained 98 yards on 17 carries.  Martin had his first 100-yard plus rushing game earlier this year in Boise State's win at Bowling Green when he rushed for a career high 116 yards on 13 carries. 

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Running the ball was Boise State's primary offensive weapon in the third quarter.  In the first half the Broncos' rushed the ball 15 times for 65 yards.  In third quarter alone, Boise State ran the ball 17 times for 104 yards. 

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At the end of three quarters, Boise State has now gained 356 total yards on 61 plays.  Boise State's defense put in a stellar performance in the third quarter allowing Tulsa only three yards of total offense.

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Kellen Moore's second touchdown pass of the game to Tommy Gallarda opened the scoring in the second half as Boise State takes a 25-14 lead at the 9:44 mark of the third quarter.  The pass was for two yards and capped an 11-play, 66-yard drive that took 5:09 off the game clock.  The Moore to Gallarda connection also scored the first points of the game for the Broncos on an 8-yard scoring play.  Gallarda, Boise State's starting tight end, began the game with only two catches for 36 yards in the first five games of the year. 

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Moore now has 41 career touchdown passes to rank sixth on the Boise State all-time list.

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Kyle Brotzman extended Boise State's lead to 18-14 with a 27-yard field goal with 36 seconds remaining in the first half.  It was Brotzman's sixth successful field goal of the season on nine attempts. 

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Boise State's four-point lead is the smallest margin for the Broncos at halftime this season.  In its previous games, Boise State led Oregon 13-0 at the half, Miami (Ohio) 20-0, Fresno State 24-17, Bowling Green 29-0 and UC Davis 13-0. 

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Here is Boise State's individual statistical leaders at the half. 

Kellen Moore has completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns,.
Austin Pettis has caught four passes for 63 yards and one touchdown, with Kyle Efaw making three receptions for 38 yards and Titus Young also with three receptions for 10 yards.
Jeremy Avery is Boise State's leading rusher with 42 yards on eight carries.

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As a team, Boise State is over the 200-yard mark for total yards with 215 (150 passing and 65 rushing).  Tulsa gained 174 yards in the first half (65 rushing and 109 passing). 

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Turnovers have hurt Boise State in the first half.  The Broncos fumbled the ball away twice, while the Golden Hurricane has not turned the ball over, despite fumbling it twice and recovering the ball each time.

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Quarterback sacks has played a key role in the first half.  Boise State has sacked Tulsa's quraterback three times for a loss of 21 yards, while the Bronco offensive line has not allowed a sack in the first half.  Boise State's sacks have been credited to Shea McClellin with 1.5 for 11 yards, Ran Winterswyk with one for seven yards and Billy Winn with one-half sack and three yards.  Boise State now has nine sacks on the season while allowing only three.

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The lead continues to bounce back and fourth with Boise State taking the lead, 15-14, for the fourth lead change of the game.  The Broncos regained the lead at the 11:03 mark of the second quarter on a 17-yard pass from Kellen Moore to Austin Pettis.  Kyle Brotzman added the extra point for a one-point Bronco lead.  The scoring drive coverd 78 yards in nine plays at took 4:05 off the game clock.

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It was Moore's second touchdown pass of the game, his 15th of the season and the 27th of his career.  It was Pettis' seventh touchdown reception of the season and the 22nd of his career. 

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Tulsa regained the lead with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 15-yard pass play, the Golden Hurricane's second touchdown pass of the game.  Following Boise State's scoring drive, Tulsa drove the ball 74 yards in nine plays taking 3:38 off the game clock.  Boise State entered tonight's game having allowed only four touchdown passes in its first five games. 

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At the end of the first quarter, Tulsa has out gained the Broncos with 140 total yards to Boise State's 89.  Kellen Moore is five of seven for 60 yards.  Tulsa has yet to throw an incomplete pass completed all seven attempts for 88 yards.  Austin Pettis has caught two of Moore's passes for 37 yards, while Jeremy Avery is Boise State's top rusher with 20 yards on six carries.

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Boise State quickly came back and gained the lead at 8-7 following an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Moore to Tommy Gallarda, and Austin Pettis completed a pass to Kyle Efaw on the two-point extra point try.  The touchdown reception was the first of the year for Gallarada, and it was the 14th touchdown pass completion for Moore this season.  The extra point pass by Pettis marked the second time this season he has been succesful on a two-point try.  His other extra point completion came in Boise State's 49-14 win at Bowling Green on Sept. 26 when Pettis completed the pass to Richie Brockel.  Boise State is now three-for-three on two point extra point attempts this season.Tulsa scored on a 53-yard pass midway through the first quarter marking the first time this year Boise State has trailed in a game.  The scoring pass came after Boise State's Kyle Wilson fumbled a fair catch on a Tulsa punt. 

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A note on a couple of Bronco players.  Offensive guard Kevin Sapien and linebacker did not make the trip to Tulsa after both became ill prior to the team leaving on Tuesday afternoon.  Sapien was scheduled to start at right guard and was replaced by Joe Kellogg. 

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Kickoff is a little over 15 minutes away in this key game for the Broncos.  This is Boise State's first trip to Tulsa since 2004 when both teams were members of the WAC.  Tulsa joined Conference USA in 2005.  In the 2004 contest, a 46-yard field goal by Tyler Jones with three seconds remaining in the game enabled the Broncos to come away with a 45-42 victory and extended it winning streak to a national leading 17.  Boise State would go on and end the 2004 regular season undefeated, before losing to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl, 44-40. 

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Much like Bronco Stadium two years ago, Skelly Stadium at Tulsa has also undergone major changes.  In September of 2008, Tulsa opened its new press box / suite addition and renamed the stadium H.A. Chapman Stadium.  The rest of the stadium also underwent a face lift and now holds 30,000. 

Boise State has played four previous times, all as members of the WAC.  The Broncos are undefeated against the Golden Hurricane handing Tulsa a 41-10 win at Boise in 2001; 52-24 at Tulsa; 27-20 at Boise in 2003 and the 45-42 in in 2004.

This is Boise State's third of six scheduled national appearances on ESPN this year.  The first was against Oregon on Sept. 3, with the second at Fresno State on Sept. 18.  The remaining three games are Nov. 6 at Louisiana Tech, Nov. 20 at Utah State and Nov. 27 at home against Nevada.

Boise State's all-time record for games on national television is 33-7.