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Moore’s TD pass before halftime sparks Boise State

BOISE – Boise State had slogged through the first half against Wyoming and needed a spark.

Kellen Moore provided it.

Moore connected with Matt Miller on a 46-yard touchdown heave on the last play of the first half and No. 7 Boise State rolled from there to a 36-14 victory against the Cowboys (7-4, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) on Saturday.

“That was big. Really, we stole some points in that situation. That was huge for us,” said Moore, who threw three touchdown passes in the game and has 137 career touchdown passes, No. 2 all-time.

With the score tied 7-7 and 1 second left in the second quarter, Moore rolled left and let loose a pass to the goal line. The ball was deflected by Cowboys defender Tashaun Gipson and fell into the hands of Miller, sprawled flat on his back in the end zone and just beyond the goal line.

For Miller, it was literally being in the right place at the right time.

“I was just trying not to get stepped on, really. The ball just kind of fell in my arms,” he said. “I couldn’t see it, but the guy tipped it and it fell in my arms, just a lucky play. It turned out pretty well for the Broncos.”

Turns out it was exactly what the Broncos (10-1, 5-1) needed to wrap up second place in the conference.

Like the rest of the offense, Moore struggled early. He misfired badly on his first few throws and Wyoming linebacker Luke Anderson intercepted an underthrown ball in the flat and ran 29 yards untouched into the end zone, giving the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.

But Moore found his groove just before the half and completed two third-down passes to extend a 17-play, game-tying drive that was capped by Doug Martin’s 2-yard TD plunge. Moore stepped it up in the second half, leading the Broncos to 23 straight points.

The lefty was 24 of 36 for 279 yards. Moore has 3,137 passing yards on the season, the third straight year’s he’s eclipsed that landmark.

Martin rushed for 153 yards on 26 carries.