Boise State’s new hurry-up offense, which sputtered last week in a loss at Washington, hummed on Saturday as the Broncos pounded overmatched Tennessee-Martin (1-1) at home, 63-14.
Joe Southwick threw five touchdown passes, and Boise State (1-1) produced 472 yards of offense.
Coach Chris Petersen installed the new offense this season, after the Broncos slumped to an average of 30 points per game last year. It looked like a bad idea after their worst defeat in eight years, a 38-6 loss at Washington that knocked them from the Top 25.
“I was just pleased how the guys worked all week, and just got better from last week,” Petersen said. “It’s always a work in progress. I think we learned a lot of things from the last game we played.
Texas A&M-Kingsville 21, at C. Washington 14: Javelinas coach David Calloway called for a trick play late in the fourth quarter as senior kicker Matt Stoll faked a field-goal attempt and ran 17 yards for the winning touchdown.
Interlake grad Jordan Todd of Bellevue ran for 119 yards on 28 carries, and the Wildcats (0-1) had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds, but fell to the Javelinas (1-0) for the third straight season opener, spoiling the coaching debut of John Picha.
At E. Washington 43, Western Oregon 14: Vernon Adams threw for five touchdowns, four in the first quarter, as the Eagles coasted past the Division II Wolves (0-1).
Adams, who accounted for five touchdowns in an upset of Oregon State last week, completed 18 of 24 passes for 298 yards. He connected with four different receivers in a near-flawless first quarter that saw Eastern open a 29-0 lead.
At BYU 40, No. 15 Texas 21: Taysom Hill led a big night on the ground for the Cougars (1-1), rushing for 259 yards — second-most in school history — and three touchdowns in beating the Longhorns (1-1) in a game that was delayed for nearly two hours by lightning. BYU rolled up 550 yards rushing, eclipsing a 55-year-old team record. It’s also the most yards rushing Texas (1-1) has ever allowed.
At Utah State 52, Air Force 20: Chuckie Keeton matched his own school record by throwing for five touchdowns, including three in the third quarter, and the Aggies (1-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) routed the Falcons (1-1, 0-1) to give Utah State coach Matt Wells his first win in the school’s MWC debut.
Keeton completed 32 of 40 for 360 yards, the fifth time in seven games he has thrown for at least 300 yards dating to last season.
At Idaho State 40, Dixie State 14: Redshirt junior Justin Arias passed for 439 yards and two touchdowns in his debut to lead the Bengals (1-0) over the Red Storm (0-1)
Idaho State rolled up 580 total yards while limiting Division II Dixie State (0-1) to 256. Xavier Finney led Idaho State in rushing with 83 yards on 15 carries.
At Wyoming 42, Idaho 10: Brett Smith threw for four touchdowns and Shaun Wick rushed for 110 yards as the Cowboys (1-1) beat the Vandals (1-1) in a game that included a half-hour lightning delay.
Smith completed 22 of 38 passes for 295 yards and set a school record by accumulating a combined 72 passing and rushing TDs in his career.
Minnesota 44, at New Mexico State 21: Rodrick Williams and Philip Nelson combined for 270 yards and two touchdowns as the Gophers (2-0) relied on their dominant rushing attack in a win over the Aggies (0-2).
Williams totaled 148 yards on 16 rushes, while Nelson made up for a disappointing performance with his arm by rushing for 122 yards on 15 carries.
At Southern Methodist 31, Montana State 30: Garrett Gilbert went 35 of 48 for 317 yards and passed for the go-ahead score with 12 seconds to play to lead the Mustangs to a come-from-behind win over the Bobcats (1-1).
Montana State nearly pulled off the upset behind DeNarius McGhee, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.