The Boise St. Broncos rolled over the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, improving to 7-1 with a 45-14 win. The Broncos had 437 yards of total offense for their seventh win in a row.
Joe Southwick was 20-for-28 for 198 yards with one interception. He connected with Matt Miller seven times for 78 yards, and Kirby Moore for another 39 yards on five receptions.
D.J. Harper led things on the ground, picking up 105 yards on 19 carries, including two touchdowns. Jay Ajayi, Shane Williams-Rhodes and Grant Hedrick all added rushing touchdowns of their own. The defense returned a fumble for a touchdown for the second week in a row; Jerrell Gavins had one against UNLV, while this week it was Corey Peters scooping one up and running it back early in the third quarter.
Wyoming managed 270 yards of offense, with quarterback Brett Smith going 24-for-35 for 216 yards. Boise State had plenty of backfield pressure, with four different players getting sacks and Wyoming having five backs combine for just 54 yards.
Box Score Hero: Harper came through big grinding things out on the ground, while Southwick was key in the team converting 12 of 14 third downs.
Rankings Ramifications: Ranked No. 21, the win could easily put Boise State up a few steps depending on how the rest of the top 25 shakes out.
But Did They Cover? Boise, favored by 16, easily covered.
The Boise St. Broncos are in a tough game on the road against the Wyoming Cowboys, but at the half the Broncos have a 17-7 lead. The Broncos have scored on three of their four possessions.
The problem is that they have had four total possessions. That lone drive that did not result in a score was an interception by Joe Southwick late in the second quarter. No points were scored by Wyoming on that Boise State error, as the Cowboys were forced to punt the ball.
In the second quarter, Boise State did put up 10 points to just 7 for Wyoming. The one touchdown for Boise State came on a short three-play, 37-yard drive, which was set up by a 36-yard punt return by Chris Potter. D.J. Harper capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Wyoming was able to get past the Boise State defense on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brett Smith early in the quarter.
The Boise State defense picked it up in the second quarter. In the first, the Broncos allowed Wyoming to have a pair of 10-plus drives, but in the second half they forced Wyoming to go 3-and-out on three straight possessions.
The Boise St. Broncos are up 7-0 against the Wyoming Cowboys after the first quarter. The Broncos defense came up big on their opening drive as they blocked a Cowboys 29-yard field goal attempt. Wyoming was actually able to move the ball quite easily down the field as quarterback Brett Smith went 6-of-8 passing for 70 yards, and that included a 32-yard pass to Brandon Miller.
After the blocked field goal, the Boise State offense took over the ball at their own 22-yard line and proceeded to march down the field. They went on an 11-play, 78-yard drive with a mix of runs and pass plays, and they ultimately scored on an 8-yard D.J. Harper touchdown run. Harper has 31 yards on just four carriers in the first quarter.
Wyoming's second possession of the quarter picked up where the first, and are currently driving down the field and are deep in Boise State territory.