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Thread: MAACO Bowl - FINAL - Boise State 26 Utah 3

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    MAACO Bowl - FINAL - Boise State 26 Utah 3

    Team Stat Comparison

    Utah
    Boise St
    1st Downs 8 23
    Total Yards 200 543
    Passing 93 341
    Rushing 107 202
    Penalties 10-83 3-29
    3rd Down Conversions 2-13 8-18
    4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-4
    Turnovers 3 4
    Possession 26:50 33:10
    Passing Leaders
    Utah C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Cain 10/24 93 3.9 0 0
    Boise State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
    Moore 28/38 339 8.9 2 1
    Rushing Leaders
    Utah CAR YDS AVG TD LG
    Wide 6 34 5.7 0 23
    Smithson 3 32 10.7 0 20
    Boise State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
    Martin 17 147 8.6 1 84
    Avery 12 55 4.6 0 14
    Receiving Leaders
    Utah REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Smithson 3 56 18.7 0 23
    Wide 3 21 7.0 0 11
    Boise State REC YDS AVG TD LG
    Pettis 12 147 12.3 1 46
    Shoemaker 5 89 17.8 1 25
    Scoring Summary
    FIRST QUARTER UTAH BSU
    FG 00:56 Joe Phillips 44 Yd 3 0
    SECOND QUARTER UTAH BSU
    TD 08:39 Doug Martin 84 Yd Run (Kyle Brotzman Kick) 3 7
    FG 02:27 Kyle Brotzman 29 Yd 3 10
    TD 00:18 Tyler Shoemaker 25 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3 16
    THIRD QUARTER UTAH BSU
    TD 08:18 Austin Pettis 18 Yd Pass From Kellen Moore (Kyle Brotzman Kick) 3 23
    FOURTH QUARTER UTAH BSU
    FG 08:49 Kyle Brotzman 21 Yd 3 26

    LAS VEGAS -- It wasn't the bowl Boise State wanted to be in, and for the better part of the first half Wednesday night, the Broncos played as if they were thinking about the one that got away.

    Then Doug Martin raced 84 yards up the middle, and suddenly the MAACO Bowl didn't look so bad after all.

    Martin shook Boise State out of its brief postseason funk with his long touchdown run midway through the second quarter, and the 10th-ranked Broncos dominated the rest of the way to beat Utah 26-3 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

    "It was a startup for our team," Martin said. "A momentum changer."

    The victory was small consolation for Boise State, which missed out on a possible Rose Bowl appearance on two missed field goals last month at Nevada. But the dominating win against a team that was at one time ranked No. 6 in the country was a reminder why the Broncos rode high in the polls before suffering their only loss in two years.

    It may also be a reminder for next year's poll voters not to write off a team that won every game over the past two years except the one that really mattered. The loss to Nevada not only cost the school millions of dollars in a BCS bowl bid, but some of the grudging respect others had finally given Boise State.

    Count Utah (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) coach Kyle Whittingham among the believers.

    "This is a team that was the top ranked team that was setting itself up for a run at the national championship," Whittingham said. "If they beat Reno [Nevada] and if Auburn or Oregon stumble, they're in that game."

    Neither of those things happened, of course, forcing Boise State to go begging for a decent bowl bid despite its gaudy record. The Broncos landed in this gambling city, where the bookies quickly established them as 17-point favorites to beat a Utah team that also had its BCS dream dashed late in the season.

    But Boise State came out flat and seemed disinterested. Kellen Moore fumbled on the third play of the game and the Broncos turned the ball over three times to help Utah to a 3-0 lead.

    Martin then scampered up the middle and headed down the left sideline on the first play from scrimmage following a Utes punt.

    "It was huge," Moore said. "We hadn't been executing at a high level with our offense. Anytime you get a one play drive that results in a touchdown it's a huge momentum swing and it gets everyone going."

    Martin's run came after a mistake-prone first quarter in which Boise State kept giving the ball away and making costly errors. Utah wasn't much better, and when the Broncos began finding their stride the game quickly turned one-sided.

    Moore, who also threw an interception in the first quarter, rebounded with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Shoemaker in the closing seconds of the first half to give Boise State a 16-3 lead. He added another 18-yard TD pass to Austin Pettis in the third quarter.

    Meanwhile, Boise State's defense held Utah to just 200 yards, forcing the Utes to punt again and again. The Broncos shut down both the running and passing game and Utah never scored after its opening field goal.

    "We had hoped it would end like this because Utah's a great team," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "If we couldn't get to a BCS game we wanted to play a team like Utah that's as good as any team out there."

    Boise State (12-1) was ranked as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll this year, but early on looked little like the team that was everyone's favorite BCS buster. That changed with Martin's run, with the Broncos taking control on both sides of the ball against a team that was a BCS team itself two years ago and had won nine straight bowl games.

    Moore, who finished fourth in Heisman voting earlier this month, finished with impressive numbers despite his rocky start. He completed 28 of 38 passes, including 12 to Pettis, who was playing the final game of a college career in which his team won 51 of 53 games.

    The game was the last for Utah (10-3) before going into the Pac-12 Conference, where the Utes can play for an automatic big bowl bid. Boise State is also switching conferences, heading to the Mountain West where the Broncos still will have to impress both voters and computers to get a Bowl Championship Series bid.

    Boise State was plenty impressive against Utah, shutting down quarterback Terrance Cain and the Utes running game. Utah didn't help itself by losing three fumbles and being penalized 10 times for 83 yards in a sloppily played game.

    "When you play a team the caliber of Boise State you have to play better than we did tonight," Whittingham said.

    Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman, whose chip-shot misses cost his team a BCS bowl game and his school dearly, became the all-time NCAA leader in points kicking with a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Brotzman added another field goal in the fourth quarter but had a mixed night, getting one attempt blocked and dropping a pass while wide open on a fake punt.

    All stats and stories taken from ESPN.com and the AP. They are not original works of this user.
    Last edited by FessJL0861; 12-23-2010 at 10:27 AM.
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    This isn't even fair for Utah. They may not even get off the bench to defend that bowl streak. I think its Boise by 28 or more and not even close.
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    Brotzman is just asking for the hate.

    And don't be too sure about that blowout. Every ranked opponent Boise has played has ended up a close game.
    If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they've given it their best. That's a winner.”
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    Everybody talks about Boise State's offense.

    But their defense has been truly impressive. If only they'd been able to stop Nevada that fateful night in November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
    Everybody talks about Boise State's offense.

    But their defense has been truly impressive. If only they'd been able to stop Nevada that fateful night in November.
    Anyone's defense can look impressive when you only face 2 BCS teams in a year.

    I like how everyone complains that they don't play enough BCS teams to get enough credit, and then they get put against Utah in their bowl. This didn't change my opinion on them. Let them prove their critics wrong.
    If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they've given it their best. That's a winner.”
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    Well, I said 28 or more, it was really 23. I wasn't too far off. That Utah offense never got off the bench. Docta, and wxwax, you both make great points. I didn't think it would be close just because of the injuries and missing personnel for Utah. Boise is a senior heavy team, and Utah had people not playing. It just seemed Boise to me.
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    Post game is up.
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    33 points in the bowl pick'em pool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pruitt View Post
    33 points in the bowl pick'em pool!
    I love it! I had this one as my top game with 35.
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