TOLEDO, Ohio — Kellen Moore was just about perfect again, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 4 Boise State to a 40-15 victory against Toledo on Friday night.
Moore misfired on his first two throws but didn’t miss many after that, connecting on 32 of 42 passes.
Still, the Broncos’ offense sputtered early after not playing for nearly two weeks following their season-opening win against Georgia.
It looked for a while as if Toledo (1-2) might give Boise State a scare just six days after the Rockets came within a play or two of knocking off No. 17 Ohio State. But the Rockets couldn’t stop Moore.
He appeared to be playing pitch and catch at times, spreading short throws to nine different receivers across the field.
The Broncos (2-0) were leading 13-6 when they got the ball back with 1:22 left in the first half and marched right down the field for a key touchdown.
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Moore connected on six consecutive passes to get down to the 1. He then lofted a throw into the corner to Tyler Shoemaker for a little breathing room.
Moore also tossed a 26-yard pass to Shoemaker to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter. On their next possession, Doug Martin dashed through Toledo’s defense on a screen pass for a 71-yard score.
Moore’s only glaring error came at end of the third quarter, when he was intercepted by Jermaine Robinson. He also missed a play earlier in the period after he stumbled while landing during a throw. But he came back on Boise’s next possession.
Moore also was impressive in the Broncos’ opening 35-21 victory against Georgia. He finished with the highest completion percentage (82.6) in school history for a quarterback making more than 30 attempts in a game.
Boise State came into Toledo hoping to get its running game after rushing for just 129 yards against the Bulldogs. But the Broncos had only 26 yards on the ground in the first half. Leading rusher Martin finished with 70 yards on 19 carries.
Toledo kept it close early on, but had a couple of costly mistakes. The Rockets dropped a sure touchdown pass in the first half and fumbled inside the Broncos’ 10 in the third quarter.
It was the first time the Rockets lost to a Top 25 team at home in five games. The Broncos, though, were the highest-ranked team to play in the Glass Bowl.
Boise State got back one of three players suspended two weeks ago by the NCAA for undisclosed reasons – starting safety Cedric Febis. They didn’t know he’d be available until just two days ago.
Febis, who didn’t start, finished with four tackles.
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