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November 1, 2008
No. 11 Boise State beats New Mexico State 49-0
By TIM KORTE,
AP Sports Writer
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Kellen Moore threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, and Boise State's defense allowed just 150 yards and logged six sacks as the No. 11 Broncos beat New Mexico State 49-0 Saturday night.
Boise State (8-0, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Aggies 58-0 last season in Idaho and, after generating 495 total yards this time, simply kept things going a year later.
Ian Johnson and Jeremy Avery took turns ripping off long runs, each scoring a TD, as the Broncos kept the chain crew huffing and puffing all night. Kyle Wilson had a 71-yard punt return for a TD.
The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) were overmatched from the start.
Moore, a redshirt freshman, put Boise State up 7-0 on a 14-yard throw to Jeremy Childs midway through the first period. Wilson's interception set up Johnson's 11-yard TD burst, where he broke through three tacklers and dived into the end zone.
After a fumble by New Mexico State's Chris Williams, Avery added a 10-yard TD run. Moore threw a 23-yard TD pass to Austin Pettis and Boise State led 28-0 with 10 minutes before halftime.
Moore played three quarters, completing 15-of-23 with one interception.
The Broncos weren't perfect. Julian Hawkins fumbled inside NMSU's 20 when the Broncos seemed ready to extend their 28-0 lead. There was a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Kyle Brotzman and a flurry of penalties - 11 for 90 yards.
It didn't matter.
With New Mexico State's defense missing tackle after tackle and an injury-depleted offensive line unable to generate a ground game or protect quarterback Chase Holbrook, it was target practice for Boise State on both sides of the ball.
Holbrook was 12-of-20 for just 64 yards passing with one interception.
It turned comical in the third quarter, when the Aggies gave the ball up on downs by running a fake punt deep in their own territory. At least Donavan Roberts completed his pass to punter Kyle Hughes for a 9-yard gain.
Boise State took over at NMSU's 23 and two plays later Moore found Childs on a 29-yard pass for a 35-0 lead early in the second half.