Bowl Countdown: 2010 Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 18, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's matchup against Northern Illinois at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 will mark the program's 14th-straight bowl appearance. In the lead up to the contest, BroncoSports.com will look back at the Broncos' 13 bowl games since the start of this streak in 2002.

Today BroncoSports.com looks back at Boise State's first trip to the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, in which the Broncos beat Utah, 26-3.

The Broncos entered the game ranked 10th in the Associated Press Poll, and for the third-straight year faced off with a fellow BCS-busting opponent, as Utah had previously garnered a pair of BCS wins. The Utes, who were to head off to the Pac-12 following the season, were sent on their way by a Bronco squad that scored the final 26 points of the game to snap Utah's nine-game bowl winning streak.

Recap from the AP

Doug Martin shook Boise State out of its brief postseason funk with an 84-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and the 10th-ranked Broncos dominated the rest of the way beat No. 20 Utah 26-3 in the MAACO Bowl.

Boise State had turned the ball over three times and was trailing 3-0 when Martin went up the middle and outran Utah defenders down the left side to give the Broncos a much-needed spark. From there, Boise State’s defense shut the Utes out and Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes as the Broncos cruised to an easy win.

The victory was small consolation for Boise State, which missed out on a possible Rose Bowl appearance. But the dominating win against a team that was at one time ranked No. 6 in the country was a reminder why the Broncos rode high in the polls before suffering their only loss in two years.

Martin’s run came after a mistake-prone first quarter in which Boise State kept giving the ball away and making costly errors. Utah wasn’t much better, and when the Broncos began finding their stride the game quickly turned one-sided.

Moore, who fumbled on the third play of the game and threw an interception later in the first quarter, rebounded with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Shoemaker in the closing seconds of the first half to give Boise State a 16-3 lead. He added another 18-yard TD pass to Austin Pettis in the third quarter in a game that was more lopsided than the final score.

Boise State (12-1), which had been ranked as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this year and once seemed headed for a New Year’s Day bowl, came into the game a 17-point favorite but early on looked little like the team that was everyone’s favorite BCS buster. That changed with Martin’s run, with the Broncos taking control on both sides of the ball against a team that was a BCS team itself two years ago and had won nine straight bowl games.

Moore, who finished fourth in Heisman voting earlier, finished with impressive numbers despite his rocky start. He completed 28 of 38 passes, including 12 to Pettis, who was playing the final game of a college career in which his team won 51 of 53 games.

Boise State was plenty impressive against Utah, shutting down quarterback Terrance Cain and the Utes running game. Utah didn’t help itself by losing three fumbles and being penalized 10 times for 83 yards in a sloppily played game.

Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman became the all-time NCAA leader in points kicking with a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Brotzman added another field goal in the fourth quarter but had a mixed night, getting one attempt blocked and dropping a pass while wide open on a fake punt.


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