FINAL: Boise State 42, Colorado State 14
Boise State held Colorado State to just 52 yards of total offense in the first half. Bronco sixth-year senior running back D.J. Harper ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game for Boise State and Boise State never looked back.
The defense was dominating in the first half, though it got burned on a couple of big plays in the second half.
Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick was 15-for-18 in the first half, was not sacked, while throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Nine Broncos were involved in the passing game while eight Broncos toted the football. Three different Broncos had rushing touchdowns.
Overall, the Broncos racked up 503 yards of total offense with 269 of that on the ground game. Colorado state dominated the time of possession, 29:32-26:19, but could only manage 229 yards of total offense.
Boise State running back D.J. Harper finished with 107 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Colorado State’s Chris Nwoke broke loose for a 72-yard touchdown scamper and lead the Rams with 119 yards on 10 carries.
Boise State’s hurry-up offense in the first half kept the Rams off balance and resulted in sustained drives. With the starters out for the majority of the second half, the Bronco offense became predictable and the Rams were able to slow and shut down the Boise State attack.
The Rams started the game with M.J. McPeek under center in the first half. McPeek was replaced in the second half by Conner Smith. The two combined for 8-of-20 for 72 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
The win pushes Boise State to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Mountain West Conference play while Colorado State is 3-8 overall and 2-5 in conference play.