Bowl Countdown: 2011 Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 19, 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 second-straight trip to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, where the Broncos routed Arizona State, 56-24, in 2011.

Recap from the AP

Sixth-ranked Boise State scored touchdowns in five different ways as part of a 56-24 blowout win over Arizona State in the 20th MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

The Broncos, the highest-ranked team in the event’s history at No. 6 by the coaches, were perhaps one made field goal away from playing for a BCS title but instead got to be part of a party in Las Vegas before the 35,720 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium.

In what was the final game of one of college football’s most successful, Kellen Moore became the first quarterback in NCAA FBS history to reach 50 career victories as a starter as Boise State cruised to its first win over Arizona State to close the season at 12-1 overall for the second consecutive year.

The Broncos started out with a bang thanks to Doug Martin’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play. It marked the longest return in MBLV history and was the first time any bowl game started with a return for a score since Ohio State did it in the 2007 BCS Championship against Florida.

Martin was not nearly done with is heroics, however, as he went on to earn the Rossi T. Ralenkotter MVP Trophy after rolling up a staggering 301 all-purpose yards and two TDs. That total included 151 yards rushing on 31 carries and 26 more through the air on three receptions.

Boise State jumped out to a 21-0 lead with a 14-yard TD catch by Tyler Shoemaker and then a two-yard TD grab by Matt Miller - both coming from the arm of Moore. Miller brought in another one just before halftime to make it 28-3 at the break.

The Sun Devils showed life, however, coming out of the locker room as Rashad Ross took the third-quarter kickoff back for his own highlight play - a 98-yard touchdown. Later in the game, ASU was heading in from the one-yard line looking to close the gap even more but Brock Osweiler’s pass was intercepted by Bronco Jamar Taylor, who returned it 100 yards the other way for a stunning touchdown that sealed the outcome.

When Travis Stanaway scooped up an ASU fumble and took it 26 yards for six points in the fourth quarter, it meant Boise State had scored via pass, rush, return, interception and fumble.

Moore’s final collegiate outing saw him complete 24 of 36 attempts for 293 yards a pair of scores.

While there was not much defense on display, Boise State did get to Osweiler for four sacks, two by Las Vegas High School graduate Billy Winn, who got to play his final college game in his hometown.

Boise State improved to 2-0 in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to help the Mountain West up its record to 5-4 vs. the Pac-12 in the annual event.


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