GAME DAY! #15 Boise State at New Mexico State Sunday at 6:00 pm on ESPN

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    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) - It's no surprise Boise State is off to another fast start in conference play.

     

    Ranked 15th by the BCS, the Broncos will try to guard against overconfidence when they visit New Mexico State on Sunday.

     

    Since 2002, Boise State has won four straight WAC titles, going 33-1 in conference games during that span.

     

    The Broncos have won conference championships in six of the last seven years, the first two coming as members of the Big West in 1999 and 2000.

     

    Boise State (6-0, 2-0 WAC) has won at least six straight games for the fourth year in a row, and has had at least a six-game winning streak in six of the past seven seasons.

     

    This year, the Broncos have outscored opponents 236-75 and rank sixth in the nation in scoring. They pounded Louisiana Tech 55-14 at home last Saturday.

     

    ``I think we hit our stride in Week 1, when we won 45-0 (over Sacramento State), and we haven't really stopped yet,'' safety Marty Tadman said. ``When offense and defense come together, it's dangerous and I don't think anyone can stop us.''

    Boise State has never lost to the Aggies, winning all six meetings since 1996.

     

    The Broncos won 56-6 last season at home and won 34-31 at New Mexico State in 2000, their last trip to Las Cruces.

     

    ``In our league Boise is kind of in control and above everybody,'' Aggies coach Hal Mumme said. ``There is probably a pretty level field, when it comes to the rest of the teams.''

     

    After going 0-12 in 2005, the Aggies have two wins this season, but both came against Division I-AA schools.

     

    New Mexico State hasn't beaten a Division I-A team since Nov. 6, 2004, when it defeated Middle Tennessee State 44-10.

     

    ``You can't look past anyone,'' Broncos quarterback Jared Zabransky said. ``We know we have to play well each week to get to all of our goals and if we overlook someone, anybody can beat anybody. It's just the way it goes in college football.''

     

    The Broncos rank 18th nationally in total offense, averaging 413.7 yards per game. However, it may be their 13th-ranked defense that gets a workout.

     

    New Mexico State is third in the country in total offense, averaging 502.6 yards per game. Quarterback Chris Holbrook is the nation's leading passer, throwing for 410.6 yards per game. He's thrown for at least 300 yards in every game this season and his 342 yards in a 28-20 loss to Idaho last Saturday was his season low.

     

    Chris Williams had a 96-yard touchdown catch in that defeat, and is third in the nation with 107 receiving yards per game.

     

    The Aggies like to air it out, but they've also had problems playing against the pass. New Mexico State ranks 112th in pass defense, allowing 261.4 yards per game.

     

    That's something Zabransky and company should be able to exploit. Zabransky has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,069 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.

     

    Boise State, though, has a balanced offense, with running back Ian Johnson rushing for 806 yards and 10 touchdowns while Zabransky has rushed for five scores.

     

    ``We want to keep getting (Johnson) the ball,'' Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. ``But it is a long season and there is nobody that takes more of a pounding than the running back. So we're trying to be smart with him. But we need to feed that guy, and we will.''