12-0, WAC Title Holders, and Heading To a BCS Bowl Game

Aaron ShawContributor INovember 28, 2009

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Kellen Moore #6 of the Boise State Broncos barks out signals as center Thomas Byrd #66 of the Boise State Broncos waits to snap the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Bronco Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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In what looked to be Boise States first win on the season, ended with a brother to brother touchdown pass to give Boise State a 44-33 win over Nevada and first place in the WAC. In a highlight game for Kellen Moore who threw 5 touchdown passes and now leads the nation in Touchdown passes with 38 on the season.

Clearly Boise State lead this early as they advanced 20-0 in the first quarter as the game opened with a 95 yard Boise State kickoff return by Titus Young. Young who had 5 returns for 156 yards stayed pretty quite on the evening. It was to be a battle of the defenses as the Broncos led the first half 27-16. Nevada, the current WAC defenders were not to be overstepped in this game in which they went in with 15 forced take-aways on the season forced Boise to give up 16 early half points as they trailed at the half by 2 possessions.

Going into the third quarter, Nevada proved why they had been on a 8-0 win streak as they held the Broncos and caused a costly fumble in which the Wolf Pac recovered off an official review and later scored with a 71 yard run to put them back in the game 26-34. As the Broncos offense struggled, it was the direct snaps to Doug Martin that allowed the Boise State to seal the deal in the fourth quarter and keep the Wolf Pac defense on their heals. Martin had 16 rushes for 128 yards.

It was the efficient passing by Kellen Moore that brought the Broncos the advantage in the WAC as he ended the game with a 6 yards pass to his brother Kirby to give the Broncos 44 points. He ended the game going 17 for 33 with 262 yards passing and 5 TD’s to prove wh7y he just might be the best damn QB in collegiate football right now. Jr. Running-Back Jeremy Avery had a quite evening as he had 14 rushes for 37 yards. He now has 1044 yards on the season with 181 attempts on the season.

It was the well rounded team approach on the evening that allowed Boise State to over come their opponent Nevada to move on with rights to the WAC title and a chance to play in its first BCS Bowl game. Last year they were denied the right to advance into BCS contingency despite their undefeated record on the season. This year the 6th ranked Broncos who have just beat a dominate Nevada team who won 8 straight games will have the right to play in the BCS this year as well deserving guests.

Boise State is scheduled to play New Mexico State December 5th.