Nov. 26, 2011
BOISE, Idaho -
Seventh-ranked Boise State scored 23 second-half points to defeat the Wyoming football team (7-4 overall, 4-2 in Mountain West play) on Saturday in Boise, 36-14.
Offensively, Cowboy freshman quarterback Brett Smith went 17-for-25 for 78 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Smith added 37 yards rushing to total 115 yards on the day, adding to his season total of 2,744 total yards, the MW-freshman record for yardage. Redshirt freshman Sam Stratton led the Pokes in rushing with 54 yards, and freshman receiver Josh Doctson led UW in receiving, snagging three passes for 39 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, senior safety Tashaun Gipson had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery and junior safety Luke Ruff had 10 stops. Junior safety Luke Anderson had one of Wyoming's two scores on the day, picking off a pass and returning it for a score to go with nine tackles.
Wyoming lit up the scoreboard first as Anderson picked off Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore's first pass attempt and returned it 29 yards to make it 7-0 Wyoming with 9:53 left in the first quarter.
But Boise State (10-1 overall, 5-1 MW) scored 36 unanswered points after that to take home the win.
The Broncos scored twice within the last 70 seconds in the second quarter, first on a 2-yard run from running back Doug Martin and then a 46-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Kellen Moore as time expired. UW junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell got a hand on the extra point to block it and make the score 13-7 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Broncos tacked on a 23-yard field goal at the start of the third quarter to go up 16-7, and Moore threw a 6-yard TD with 7:35 left in the third. The Cowboy special teams stopped the two-point conversion try, and the scored moved to 22-7.Moore followed up with a 12-yard TD toss with 2:20 to go in the third to make it 29-7. Martin scored on a 2-yard plunge with 13:13 to go in the fourth to push the lead to 36-7.
Smith threw an 8-yard TD pass to Doctson with 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter to draw closer and make the score 36-14 in what would prove to be the final margin.
Boise State's ensuing drive ended on the Wyoming 26-yard line, when senior safety Tashaun Gipson recovered a fumble with 3:15 left in the game. Wyoming drove to its own 36-yard line, but time ran out on the clock to end the game.