BOISE — Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 2 Boise State rolled up a school-record 737 total yards in a 42-7 victory over Hawaii on Saturday.
Moore was spectacular, completing 30 of 37 passes and at one point hitting 18 straight in the first half to help the Broncos (8-0, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He fired touchdown passes of 12 yards to Tyler Shoemaker and 43 yards to Austin Pettis, and his 83-yarder to Titus Young early in the third quarter put Boise State up 35-0.
The Broncos’ defense did its part in shutting down a high-scoring Hawaii offense. Boise State sacked Bryant Moniz, the nation’s leading passer, seven times and held him to just 127 yards through the air.
The victory gave the Broncos 22 straight wins, the longest active winning streak in major college football.
Moore wasn’t perfect, however. He threw two interceptions, giving him four this season, and missed a couple of wide-open receivers before watching the fourth quarter from the bench. But those miscues hardly mattered, and his 507 passing yards were the third-highest total in school history.
Pettis led a busy Boise State receiving corps with eight catches for 122 yards. His second reception of the game gave him 190 for his career, breaking a school record previously held by Don Hutt. Shoemaker had five catches for 117 yards and Young had five receptions for 99 yards.
The Broncos also ran the ball well. Led by Jeremy Avery, who had 92 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, they rushed for 230 yards and averaged 5.6 per carry.
Avery scored his first touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, then added a 4-yard TD to give the Broncos a 21-0 lead with 9:26 left in the first half. On the first play of the fourth quarter, he took a pitch from Moore, eluded a tackler at the line of scrimmage and scooted 19 yards down the right sideline.
The Warriors (7-3, 5-1) came into the game with the nation’s top passing attack. Moniz was averaging 360 yards through the air in the run-and-shoot offense, and his two favorite targets, Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, were the WAC’s top two in receptions.
But neither was a factor against the Broncos’ defense, which held Salas to a pair of catches and shut out Pilares.
The problem for Moniz was having enough time to find open receivers. He was sacked twice in the first half, and then five times early in the second as Boise State made sure Hawaii’s passing game never got on track. The Warriors had just 196 total yards, and their only score came late when Alex Green ran 54 yards for a touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the game.
The loss dealt a serious blow to the Warriors’ hopes of winning their second WAC championship since 2007. They now trail Boise State and need title contenders like Nevada and Fresno State to upset the Broncos.