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October 17, 2010

No. 3 Boise St. blows out San Jose St. 48-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Kellen Moore and his Boise State teammates sucked out any drama with such a fast start against San Jose that the loudest cheers in the second half were for games thousands of miles away.

With the third-ranked Broncos putting the finishing touches on a 48-0 victory over the Spartans on Saturday night, the sizable contingent of Boise State fans took great pleasure when hearing No. 1 Ohio State had lost.

"I heard that. Wild college football," Moore said. "Crazy things happen. Our job is to make sure we're not on the end of one of those."

The Broncos (6-0, 2-0 WAC) didn't take long to eliminate any thought of that happening this week. Moore completed 14 of 16 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns before putting on a baseball cap and headset to signal plays in the second half of the latest blowout for the Broncos.

Titus Young and Doug Martin each scored two touchdowns to help Boise State extend the longest active winning streak in major college football to 20 games.

Boise State also could be at the top of another list come Sunday. The Broncos were projected to be No. 1 in the BCS standings last week and have a good chance of being there when the initial standings are released Sunday.

The Broncos have never been higher than fourth in the BCS standings, placing at that spot in last year's initial list. They fell to sixth by the end of the regular season, despite remaining undefeated.

"It will mean something December 6th," coach Chris Petersen said. "That's when the rankings mean something. Every week something happens, someone else goes down. It doesn't mean anything right now to us. It means something to everybody else out there. It gives them something to talk about. We're just going back to work."

San Jose State (1-6, 0-2) lost its 18th straight game to a ranked opponent, including five already this season. The Spartans have been outscored 204-33 in those contests against Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, Nevada and Boise State.

The only thing the Spartans fans had to cheer for in the second half was the San Francisco Giants 4-3 win over Philadelphia in the opener of the NL championship series that was shown on televisions in the concourse.

The Spartans opened the season against then-No. 1 Alabama and followed that with a visit to a Wisconsin team that upset No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday. Coach Mike MacIntyre said the Broncos place right up there with any team he's seen this year.

"You can't penalize them for who they play," MacIntyre said. "If they beat everybody, that's who they play. We're not a very good football team so I don't know how we help their ranking and all. They are a very, very good football team. If they keep winning on out, they deserve what they should get."

The 41-0 halftime deficit was the biggest San Jose State had faced all year and Boise State reached 500 yards of offense before the Spartans got to 100. San Jose State was outgained 537-80 on the night, the fewest yards in a game for the Spartans since also getting 80 in a 13-12 win Stanford in 1971.

The only thing that kept this game from being even more lopsided was Petersen's decision to go with reserves for most of the second half.

"They just destroyed us," MacIntyre said. "We had a good plan, we worked on it hard, we practiced it. We couldn't block them. We couldn't block them and not many people have been blocking them. That's why they're the No. 1 defense in the country now."

Boise State scored touchdowns on its first three drives and averaged more yards per play in the first quarter (10.6) than San Jose State gained in the entire period (8). The Spartans' only first down of the quarter came on a pass interference penalty.

The Broncos, meanwhile, moved the ball with ease, gaining at least 4 yards on all but one play in the quarter. Boise State converted on short drives, as Martin scored on a 6-yard run for the first TD three plays after a fair catch interference call gave the Broncos the ball at the Spartans 36.

They also scored on long drives, with Moore connecting with Tommy Gallarda on a 17-yard pass to cap an 84-yard drive that made it 14-0.

Boise State also got touchdowns on a 17-yard end around by Young, a 43-yard deep strike from Moore to Young, a 43-yard interception return by Aaron Tevis and a 2-yard run from Jeremy Avery in the final minute of the half to make it 41-0.

"It's all about a mentality to start the game," Moore said. "You have to start fast, get things rolling early and create some momentum. It's kind of a waterfall effect after that."

Moore broke Bart Hendricks' school record for completions (650) by reaching 663 and moved within two TD passes of tying Ryan Dinwiddie's school mark of 82.



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