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(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: (6) Boise State 63, Idaho 25
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Austin Pettis snagged four of Kellen Moore's five touchdown passes, as sixth-ranked Boise State cruised to a 63-25 victory over Idaho at Bronco Stadium.
Moore threw for 299 yards on 22-of-32 efficiency, while Pettis finished with 123 yards on eight receptions for the Broncos (10-0, 5-0 WAC), who have won 24 straight home games.
Jeremy Avery had 110 yards and one score on 14 carries for Boise State. Titus Young caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for another score in the win.
"It was fun to get the no-huddle going," said Moore. "We haven't done that in awhile. It helps when the defense gets some turnovers early and we get some short field to make short play drives. It really just gets us in a rhythm."
Idaho signal-caller Brian Reader had a day to forget. Replacing the injured Nathan Enderle, Reader was picked off five times and fumbled once. He totaled 305 yards through the air on 17-of-27 attempts with one late touchdown -- a 52-yard completion to Princeton McCarty in the waning moments of regulation.
DeMaundray Woolridge amassed 143 yards on the ground and two scores for the Vandals (7-4, 4-3), who have dropped three of four.
It was an unsettling start for Idaho as Reader turned the ball over on each of the Vandals' first two possessions.
On the third play of the game, Reader lost the handle while being sacked. The Broncos recovered at the Idaho 15 and Moore quickly hooked up with Pettis on a four-yard touchdown. Boise State was successful on the two-point conversion.
Derrell Acrey then picked off the sophomore quarterback at the Idaho 31. Two plays later, Moore threw a 25-yard TD pass to Young. The home team led 14-0 after the two-point try failed.
Idaho ditched the air attack on its next series, which featured eight running plays. Woolridge's 29-yard dash put the Vandals on the board with 6:28 to play in the first quarter.
The Broncos countered less than two minutes later as Pettis hauled in an eight-yard toss from Moore.
After Trey Farquhar kicked a 30-yard field goal for Idaho early in the second quarter, Avery burrowed his way into the end zone for a one-yard score and Pettis caught a 20-yard strike, extending Bosie State's lead to 35-10 with 5:23 remaining.
Idaho put together a nine-play, 83-yard drive before the end of the first half. Woolridge capped the long march with a one-yard plunge.
Any momentum the Vandals seized was quickly erased when Young took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown with 14 seconds left.
The struggles continued for Reader in the third quarter. On Idaho's first offensive series of the second half, he was picked off by Kyle Wilson, who rumbled 71 yards for a score.
Later in the frame, Moore pitched to Matt Kaiserman and the running back heaved a throw in the end zone to Kyle Efaw for an 11-yard TD.
Moore topped off his brilliant day with a 14-yard toss to Pettis early in the final stanza.
Young made six grabs for 101 yards...Daniel Hardy caught four passes for 119 yards for Idaho...Kaiserman was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury...Boise State has won the last 11 meetings...Idaho committed seven turnovers.
11/15 00:39:36 ET