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UNLV vs. Boise State: Broncos dominate in win

Boise State got out to a 25-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a game that was never close.

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Fans react to Boise State's win over UNLV

The Boise State Broncos handled UNLV rather easily on Saturday, coming away with a 32-7 victory. In fact, the Broncos were ahead 32-0 until UNLV's Kenneth Penny returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Nevertheless, SB Nation's Boise State blog, One Bronco Nation Under God, was impressed with the win, most notably on the defensive side of the ball, considering they were playing the game short-handed. The Broncos were missing suspended defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, but that did not seem to matter:

Boise State was without Demarcus Lawrence for this game (suspension), and it showed in the way that Lawrence's name was not on the stat sheet for copious amounts of sacks on UNLV's Nick Sherry. Other than that, the defense continued to play at an unfairly high level, forcing three more turnovers and keeping the Rebel passing attack - if you can call it that - to 71 yards.

Senior CB Jerrell Gavins was also the subject of praise. One Bronco Nation Under God believes his second-quarter interception in the end zone that cut short a UNLV drive was not only an excellent play, but could have been a turning point:

The timing of Gavins' pick - Broncos up by only 11 with UNLV driving in the 2nd quarter - was impeccable, and the play itself - a magical over-the-shoulder catch playing deep in single coverage - was marvelous. Without Gavins' pick, the complexion of this game would have been different until, well, until probably someone else made a remarkable, game-changing play.

Next up, Boise State travels to Wyoming to face the Cowboys on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Broncos will be looking for their seventh consecutive victory.


Boise State vs. UNLV final: Broncos win 32-7

The Boise State Broncos had little trouble with the lowly UNLV Rebels on Saturday, getting an easy 32-7 victory. BSU's defense didn't allow a point, as the Rebels' only score came on a fourth-quarter fumble return.

Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick had an accurate day, completing 22/29 for 243 yards. He did not get a touchdown pass, as all of Boise State's offensive scores came on the ground. D.J. Harper had two of those rushing touchdowns. He ran for 59 yards on 12 carries.

The Rebels struggled to move the ball for most of the day, as UNLV finished with just 210 yards on 73 offensive snaps. The Broncos also forced four turnovers. One of those takeaways came late in the fourth quarter on an interception. UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry took a hard hit on the play, and was knocked to the turf. He walked off the field under his own power, but appeared to suffer an injury to the head or neck area.

The Broncos move to 6-1 on the year, while the Rebels drop to 1-7.

Box Score Hero: BSU cornerback Jerrell Gavins scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and had an interception.

Rankings Ramifications: The Broncos come in to the game at No. 22, but won't rise unless some teams lose in front, as UNLV is among the worst teams in the country. If BSU can win out, they have a good shot to finish in the top 16 of the BCS standings and give themselves a chance at a BCS berth.

But Did They Cover? Boise State looked poised to beat the 28-point spread, but the late fumble return for a TD by UNLV gave the Rebels a backdoor cover.

Next Week's Schedule: The Broncos travel to Wyoming next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. ET start. The Rebels visit San Diego State and play at 8 p.m.

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BSU up big on UNLV as 4th quarter begins, up 32-0

The Boise State Broncos took a 32-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter over the UNLV Rebels Saturday. The Broncos built most of their lead in the second quarter, when Boise Sate scored 17 points capped by a fumble returned for a touchdown by Jerrell Gavins.

BSU added to their advantage in the third quarter, as D.J. Harper scored his second rushing touchdown of the day from one yard out to cap a 54-yard drive. The score was set up by a 35-yard pass from Joe Southwick to Chris Potter on third-and-14 from the UNLV 36.

UNLV's best player, running back Tim Cornett, went down with an injury with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. He appeared to fall directly on the ball, and may have just had the wind knocked out of him. He walked off the field under his own power, and returned for the first play of the 4th quarter.

Boise State's defense has limited the Rebels to just 160 total yards on the day. The Broncos look certain to win their sixth consecutive game. The Rebels moved into Bronco territory after converting several third downs to open the fourth quarter.


Boise State leads UNLV at halftime, 25-0

The No. 22 Boise State Broncos hold a 25-0 lead over the UNLV Rebels after a half of play at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos held UNLV to just 111 yards of total offense in the half, and also scored a defensive touchdown.

After Boise State took an 18-point lead on Jay Ajayi's 4-yard touchdown run, Broncos cornerback Jerrell Gavins scooped up UNLV wide receiver Marcus Sullivan's fumble and returned it 16 yards for a score. It was the second UNLV turnover on which Gavins was able to capitalize, after intercepting Rebels quarterback Nick Sherry in the end zone earlier in the quarter.

The Broncos had a chance to get the ball back in good field position with ample time left in the half, but UNLV punter Chase Lansford picked up a first down on a fake punt to extend the drive. However, the Rebels were unable to do anything beyond that, turning the ball over on downs four plays later. Still, the trick play prevented the Broncos from having enough time remaining to put more points on the board.


Boise State leads 8-0 after opening quarter

The Boise State Broncos have jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the UNLV Rebels after the first quarter of play at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. D.J. Harper's 10-yard touchdown run and ensuing 2-point conversion run account for all of the scoring thus far.

Harper has been instrumental on Boise State's current drive as well, hauling in a screen pass for 12 yards and breaking off a 37-yard run to get the Broncos into UNLV territory shortly before the end of the quarter. Harper carried the ball five times for 55 yards and a score in the quarter.

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick has completed 6 of 7 passes for 52 yards. The Broncos have outgained the Rebels, 140 total yards to 15. However, Grant Hedrick's fumble on Boise State's opening drive prevented the Broncos from possibly taking a larger lead.

The Broncos will face a 2nd-and-7 from the UNLV 12-yard line when the second quarter begins.


Boise hosts UNLV in MWC clash

The Boise State Broncos play to stay atop the Mountain West Conference as they host the UNLV Rebels on Saturday at Bronco Stadium in Boise.

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