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October 2, 2010

Moore has 3 TDs, No. 3 Boise State beats NMSU 59-0

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Kellen Moore was 13 of 18 for 196 yards and three touchdowns, including two scoring passes to tight end Kyle Efaw, and No. 3 Boise State beat lowly New Mexico State 59-0 on Saturday night.

Doug Martin
ran for a 1-yard touchdown and caught a 28-yard TD pass from Moore, as the Broncos (4-0, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) extended their winning streak to 18 games.

Boise State, guarding against a letdown after victories over Virginia Tech and Oregon State, was the highest ranked team to visit Las Cruces and sure looked the part.

The Aggies (0-4, 0-1) never had a chance, not with the Broncos scoring on their first five possessions and Moore throwing two TD passes by halftime. Boise State got 21 points off three New Mexico State turnovers and led 38-0 at the break.

Moore threw a 26-yard touchdown to Efaw to cap the opening drive of the second half, then headed for the sideline and donned a headset. Freshman Joe Southwick took over and threw a 78-yard TD pass to Chris Potter late in the third.

Jarvis Hodge capped the celebration with a 54-yard TD run with 1:19 remaining.

The Broncos, who enter the Mountain West next season, began their final push through the WAC schedule in style. They are 11-0 against the Aggies after another lopsided victory in a series where Boise State has won the most recent contests 56-6, 40-20, 58-0, 49-0 and 42-7.

Mike Coughlin started the scoring with a 15-yard run on a direct-snap play, then Martin muscled his way to the goal line and stretched his arm across to score. Just like that, Boise State led 14-0 midway through the first period.

Kyle Brotzman kicked a 35-yard field goal, Jeremy Avery added an 18-yard TD run, then Moore found Efaw wide open for a 41-yard scoring pass that put the Broncos up 31-0 on the first play of the second quarter. Later in the period, Moore connected with Martin on a 28-yard TD play.

Moore would have had another easy TD but it was called back. With Boise State working from midfield, he found Austin Pettis in stride for a long scoring pass that was nullified by a face mask penalty, and the Broncos actually were forced to punt.

But that was as rough as it got for Boise State.

The Broncos were too fast, too physical and too much for New Mexico State, but that was to be expected as they moved into a marshmallow-soft stretch of their schedule. They might not be tested before a Nov. 19 game against Fresno State.

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