8:00 PM ET, October 7, 2007
Bronco Stadium, BOISE, ID
BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State offense rolled up more than 600 yards and scored early and often, the defense pitched a shutout and special teams blocked a pair of punts.
Everything went the Broncos' way Sunday night in a 58-0 drubbing of New Mexico State.
Just don't call it a perfect performance.
"I have a hard time using perfect,'' head coach Chris Petersen said after the Broncos (4-1, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) sent a strong message in their league opener.
"The nice thing is though it was such a good performance. But there are some things out there to clean up. There always are. Our guys won't be patting themselves on the back too long,'' Petersen said.
But there was plenty to enjoy.
The first blocked punt, deep in Aggie territory, led to an early first-quarter score.
And the defense, stung after giving up 526 passing yards to the Aggies last year, shut down New Mexico State's wide-open passing game, allowing just 89 total yards of offense and recording six sacks. Only once did the Aggies cross midfield in the first three quarters.
"We were embarrassed last year. We had a whole year to think about it,'' Bronco safety Marty Tadman said about the 2006 game Boise State ultimately won. "We put a chip on our shoulder. This makes us feel a lot better.''
As it should.
The Broncos put the game away early, scoring on five of their first six drives to build a 35-0 lead at the half.
Tharp twice hit receiver Jeremy Childs for scores, the first when Childs broke open in the back of the end zone to cap a 10-play, 66-yard drive on Boise State's first possession.
"It's always important to come out early and set the tone because we want to put our defense in good positions,'' said Tharp, who was 19-of-26 for 251 yards and left in the third quarter with the game out of hand.
The defense also took advantage of an ailing opponent.
New Mexico State (3-3, 0-1) came into the game with the nation's seventh best passing attack, averaging more than 340 passing yards per game.
But quarterback Chase Holbrook, a game-time decision due to tender ribs, got shaken up again on the first possession and left the game in the second quarter.
His replacement, redshirt freshman J.J. McDermott, struggled to get any offense going the rest of the way.
The Aggies mustered 108 passing yards, but were held to -23 yards rushing. McDermott finished 10-of-19 for 57 yards, two interceptions and was sacked five times and pressured throughout.
"Things kind of fell apart on us,'' said coach Hal Mumme. "Of course we're better than this. But we've got to get some guys healthy and back on the field. We had too many guys trying to go who were beat up and obviously not playing Chase is a big deal.''
The Broncos' 604 total yards on offense marked the first time they eclipsed the 600-yard mark since 2004. And their performance against the run was the stingiest since it held Northern Iowa to -5 in 1990.
After the opening score, Boise State converted the first blocked punt when Tharp hit Childs' on a screen pass. Childs, who caught six passes for 102 yards, sprinted 25 yards for a score.
Johnson capped the first-half barrage with a 6-yard TD, putting Boise State in control at the half with a 35-0 lead.
"We're just going to keep getting better,'' Tharp said. "That's our goal, to keep improving every week.''
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||0-14||8-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-2|
|TD||10:58||Jeremy Childs 9 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 66 yds, 4:02
|TD||08:19||Jeremy Childs 25 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 31 yds, :44
|TD||02:53||Titus Young 50 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:15
|TD||08:22||Ryan Putnam 18 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 3:28
|TD||03:11||Ian Johnson 6 Yd Run (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 58 yds, 4:10
|FG||04:47||Kyle Brotzman 30 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 30 yds, 3:26
|TD||00:15||Jeremy Childs 33 Yd Pass From Mike Coughlin (Kyle Brotzman Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 78 yds, 2:37
|TD||13:15||D.J. Harper 9 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 1 plays, 9 yds, :05
|TD||00:26||Jarvis Hodge 35 Yd Run (Brock Jaramillo Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 94 yds, 3:30