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Colorado State vs. Boise State 2012: Huge first half lifts Broncos to victory

Boise State scored on its first offensive play of the game, and never looked back on the way to a 42-14 drubbing of the Colorado State Rams.

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The Boise State Broncos (9-2, 6-1 MWC) scored on their first offensive play Saturday against Colorado State (3-8, 2-5), and never looked back in a 42-14 drubbing of the Rams. The folks over at SB Nation's Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God summed it up nicely:

Senior D.J. Harper got things started with an 80-yard touchdown on BSU's first offensive play from scrimmage, and things stayed easy the rest of the way as the Broncos cruised to a 42-14 blowout over Colorado State.

Harper's 100 yards paced the Broncos, and the defense's three turnovers and obvious talent advantage kept the Rams out of the end zone until well after the game was in doubt.

Harper, a sixth-year senior playing in the final home game of his career, ended the day with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. Boise State scored on five of its six first-half possessions against the Rams, while holding Colorado State scoreless. It is the sixth time this season that the Broncos have held an opponent scoreless in the first half.

Boise State, still battling with Fresno State and San Diego State for the Mountain West crown, has a week off before playing at Nevada in its regular season finale. Fresno State hosts Air Force this Saturday, while San Diego State plays at Wyoming. The three teams are tied atop the conference with identical 6-1 marks.