BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State scored on its first offensive play Saturday and never looked back in a 42-14 victory over Colorado State.

Senior D.J. Harper went untouched on an 80-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) scored on five of their six first-half possessions against the Rams (3-8, 2-5) to keep their conference title hopes alive. Boise State entered the day tied with Fresno State and San Diego State in the Mountain West.

Harper, a sixth-year senior playing in the final home game of his career, finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than one half of action. He connected with Matt Miller (5 yards) and Holden Huff (18 yards) for first-half touchdown passes.

Senior receiver Chris Potter had a 12-yard touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation for the Broncos, which led 35-0 at halftime. It marked the sixth time this season that Boise State held its opponent scoreless in the first half.

Colorado State trailed 42-0 when it finally scored on a career-long 72-yard run by Chris Nwoke with 2:09 in the third quarter. Nwoke finished with a game-high 119 yards on 10 carries. The Rams managed only 229 total yards and committed three turnovers in their last chance to win a road game this season. Colorado State is 0-5 in away games this season.

Colorado State got its final score on a 30-yard pass from Conner Smith to Marquise Law with 4:09 left.


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It was just the third passing touchdown yielded by Boise State this season.

Boise St. 42, Colorado St. 14

Colorado St. 0 0 7 7--14

Boise St. 14 21 7 0--42

First Quarter

Boi -- Harper 80 run (Frisina kick), 12:18.

Boi -- Harper 2 run (Frisina kick), 6:52.

Second Quarter

Boi -- Potter 12 run (Frisina kick), 11:48.

Boi -- Miller 5 pass from Southwick (Frisina kick), 4:14.

Boi -- Huff 18 pass from Southwick (Frisina kick), 1:35.

Third Quarter

Boi -- Hedrick 1 run (Frisina kick), 11:19.

CSU -- Nwoke 72 run (Roberts kick), 2:09.

Fourth Quarter

CSU -- Law 30 pass from Smith (Roberts kick), 4:09.

A -- 33,545.

CSU Boi

First downs 10 25

Rushes-yards 35-157 41-269

Passing 72 234

Comp-Att-Int 8-20-2 19-22-0

Return Yards 0 77

Punts-Avg. 8-42.9 4-47.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-2

Penalties-Yards 7-55 6-70

Time of Possession 29:32 30:28

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Colorado St., Nwoke 10-119, Alexander 20-58, Morris 2-2, Smith 1-(minus 4), McPeek 2-(minus 18). Boise St., Harper 10-107, Ajayi 8-67, Hedrick 7-28, Potter 2-23, D.Wright 6-23, Fields 5-12, Southwick 2-9, Williams-Rhodes 1-0.

PASSING -- Colorado St., Smith 4-11-0-53, McPeek 4-9-2-19. Boise St., Southwick 17-20-0-216, Hedrick 2-2-0-18.

RECEIVING -- Colorado St., Law 3-57, Alexander 2-8, C.Gillmore 1-8, Hansley 1-2, Lovett 1-(minus 3). Boise St., Moore 4-36, Huff 3-59, Harper 3-32, Miller 2-24, Paul 2-24, Potter 2-15, Boldewijn 1-15, Burks 1-15, Ajayi 1-14.

Wyoming 28, UNLV 23

LAS VEGAS -- Following a career-performance last week, Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith bested that by torching the UNLV secondary, completing 25 of 33 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys.

Wyoming (4-7 overall, 3-4 Mountain West) has won three straight games after losing its previous four, while UNLV (2-10, 2-5) lost its second straight.

Smith, who threw for 374 yards last week at New Mexico, has completed 88 of 132 pass attempts for 12 touchdowns and 1,237 yards over his last four games. He hasn't thrown an interception in 139 pass attempts. 

Wyoming, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and 18th nationally in fewest turnovers lost (12), enjoyed its third straight game without committing a turnover.

Wyoming 14 14 0 0--28

UNLV 7 10 0 6--23

First Quarter

Wyo -- Miller 1 run (Williams kick), 11:31.

UNLV -- Hodge 53 blocked field goal return (Kohorst kick), 6:18.

Wyo -- Quinlan 5 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 2:10.

Second Quarter

UNLV -- FG Kohorst 35, 6:28.

Wyo -- McNeill 33 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 4:40.

UNLV -- Barnhill 3 pass from Herring (Kohorst kick), 1:01.

Wyo -- McNeill 4 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), :19.

Fourth Quarter

UNLV -- Mays 5 pass from Herring (pass failed), 5:10.

A -- 10,717.

Wyo UNLV

First downs 22 22

Rushes-yards 32-95 40-158

Passing 412 268

Comp-Att-Int 25-33-0 22-36-0

Return Yards 0 (-1)

Punts-Avg. 4-47.5 4-34.8

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-Yards 4-35 5-63

Time of Possession 26:19 33:41

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Wyoming, Miller 12-88, May 8-21, Wick 1-4, Herron 1-0, Team 3-(minus 4), B.Smith 7-(minus 14). UNLV, Randle 13-76, Cornett 19-56, Herring 7-24, Barnhill 1-2.

PASSING -- Wyoming, B.Smith 25-33-0-412. UNLV, Herring 22-36-0-268.

RECEIVING -- Wyoming, McNeill 7-93, Norman 6-79, Herron 3-95, Claiborne 3-84, Rufran 2-39, Wick 2-8, Berger 1-9, Quinlan 1-5. UNLV, D.Davis 5-80, Mays 5-62, Sullivan 4-39, Cornett 3-21, Spencer 2-53, Barnhill 2-7, Phillips 1-6.

N. Colorado 28,

North Dakota 27

GREELEY -- Tromaine Dennis ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Northern Colorado held on to beat North Dakota in the season finale for both teams.

Seth Lobato's 23-yard touchdown pass to Sawyere Monson, with Dave Eden's extra point, with 4:16 to play in the third quarter held up as the game-winning points for the Bears (5-6, 4-4 Big Sky). Lobato was 20 for 35 for 210 yards. Northern Colorado won four of its last five.

North Dakota 14 10 3 0--27

N. Colorado 7 14 7 0--28

First Quarter

NoCo -- Jac.Davis 21 pass from Lobato (Eden kick), 9:58.

NDAK -- Hardin 24 pass from B.Hanson (Z.Miller kick), 8:36.

NDAK -- J.Miller 36 pass from B.Hanson (Z.Miller kick), 1:27.

Second Quarter

NoCo -- Dennis 1 run (Eden kick), 11:57.

NDAK -- Wisthoff 1 pass from B.Hanson (Z.Miller kick), 6:02.

NoCo -- Dennis 67 run (Eden kick), 4:21.

NDAK -- FG Z.Miller 27, :03.

Third Quarter

NDAK -- FG Z.Miller 27, 7:07.

NoCo -- Monson 23 pass from Lobato (Eden kick), 4:16.

A -- 3,418.

NDAK NoCo

First downs 25 22

Rushes-yards 24-82 33-231

Passing 382 210

Comp-Att-Int 34-48-3 20-35-1

Return Yards 25 55

Punts-Avg. 3-39.7 3-35.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 4-40 7-67

Time of Possession 29:02 30:58

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- North Dakota, J.Miller 12-54, Garman 6-14, Hardin 1-9, Hendrickson 2-3, B.Hanson 3-2. N. Colorado, Dennis 28-222, Monson 1-5, Lobato 2-5, Team 2-(minus 1).

PASSING -- North Dakota, B.Hanson 34-48-3-382. N. Colorado, Lobato 20-35-1-210.

RECEIVING -- North Dakota, Hardin 8-109, Jackson 7-73, J.Miller 5-77, Townsend 5-39, Golladay 4-52, Magstadt 2-15, Wisthoff 2-9, Adler 1-8. N. Colorado, Stimphil 6-52, Jac.Davis 4-51, Gunn 3-34, Wilbers 3-18, Jefferson 2-22, Monson 1-23, Steele 1-10.