Boise State Defeats Utah 26-3

Second-biggest crowd in Las Vegas Bowl history watches Bronco win.


LAS VEGAS - Kellen Moore threw for 339 yards on 28-of-38 attempts and two touchdowns, helping lead No. 10 Boise State to a 26-3 victory and end No. 19 Utah's nine-game bowl winning streak here at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Moore was voted the Rossi T. Ralenkotter Most Valuable Player for the game, overcoming a slow start in which the Broncos turned the ball over on three of their first five possessions and were held scoreless in the opening quarter for the first time all season.

Utah could not capitalize early after recovering a Boise State fumble on its own 20-yard line, losing two yards on the drive before pulling a 39-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Linebacker Chaz Walker set the Utes up with great field position after intercepting Moore and making his way down to the 32-yard line. Utah's Joe Phillips connected from 44 yards out to give the Utes a 3-0 lead with just under a minute on the clock in the opening quarter.

Boise answered in the second with 16 points, highlighted by the longest play from scrimmage in Las Vegas Bowl history, an 84-yard run from Doug Martin. Martin finished with 147 yards on 17 carries for the night, out-rushing Utah's entire team in the process.

After a Kyle Brotzman 29-yard field goal, the Broncos grabbed continued their momentum heading into the locker room by utilizing perfect execution of the two-minute drill with under a minute left in the half. Moore completed two straight passes before finding a streaking Tyler Shoemaker down the middle of the field from 25 yards out.

Shoemaker was one of three Broncos to haul in at least five catches on the night, joining Titus Young (six catches, 64 yards) and Austin Pettis, who lead all receivers with 12 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.

Boise State added a touchdown in the third quarter when Moore found Pettis from 18 yards out and Bortzman converted a 21-yard chip shot in the fourth to cap the scoring at 26-3 in favor of the co-Western Athletic Conference champions.

The Broncos dominated offensively, outgaining Utah 543-200 for the game and held the Utes to just eight first downs on the night.

Boise State, which was the highest-ranked team to appear in a Las Vegas Bowl, improved to 12-1 overall while the Utes, who came in 2-0 in Las Vegas Bowls, finished the season at 10-3 overall.