New Mexico State didn't put up nearly as much of a fight as Chris Petersen had hoped, or maybe the Broncos are just that good, definitely the best team to ever put on the orange and blue. Either way, Kellen and Co. rolled to another victory, Boise's 18th consecutive win, and their fourth on the season.
And it couldn't have come at a better time for the Broncos, who days prior lost halfway starter D.J. Harper to a torn ACL for the second time in as many years. Poor D.J—but lucky Chris Petersen, who was able to plug in senior Jeremy Avery and watch as he galloped for 69 yards and one TD on only nine carries.
And Avery wasn't the only former benchwarmer to get in on the act.
Seldom used Jarvis Hodge saw action, running for 69 yards and a TD of his own. Local product Matt Kaiserman got nine touches for 31 yards. And on-again/off-again punt returner Chris Potter caught a 78-yard score from co-backup QB Joe Southwick.
And while his mere five incompletion, three touchdown game further aided junior Kellen Moore's Heisman hopes, he wasn't even the first Bronco QB to score on Saturday. That honor belonged to senior Mike Coughlin, who backs up Moore after filling the same role for Moore's predecessor Taylor Tharp.
All in all, it was another ho-hum dominating performance for the Broncos, and yet shutting out their opponent, scoring nearly 60 points, allowing only 90 yards through the air, holding New Mexico State to 2.9 yards per carry, and forcing three turnovers wasn't enough to hold the Oregon Ducks at bay.
Oregon, yes, the same Oregon squad that Boise downed last season, jumped the boys in blue, pushing the Broncos back to the number four ranking for the first time all season.
How will the Broncos respond to their drop in the rankings? And will the Ducks be the only team to jump them, or just the first ripple? Let's find out in "Five Strikes."