Scores

Final

Southern Miss 7

(0-4, 0-3 away)

Boise State 60

(3-2, 1-1 MW)

Coverage: ESPNU

10:15 PM ET, September 28, 2013

Bronco Stadium, BOISE, ID

1 2 3 4 T
USM 0 7 0 07
BSU 7 23 17 1360

Top Performers

Passing: J. Southwick (BSU) - 268 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Ajayi (BSU) - 14 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Miller (BSU) - 5 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Boise State rolls to 60-7 win over Southern Miss

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Joe Southwick threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Jay Ajayi rushed for 83 yards and another touchdown to help Boise State get back on track with a 60-7 victory over Southern Mississippi Saturday night.

The Broncos also got help from special teams, which blocked two field goals and forced a fumble on a punt return, and a defense that rebounded after getting torched a week ago in a 41-40 loss against longtime rival Fresno State.

The offense for Boise State (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) started slowly, going three-and-out on its first two possessions. But Southwick, with the help of some big runs by Aaron Baltazar and Jay Ajayi, got things rolling, putting up points on nine of their next 10 possessions en route to the most lopsided of Boise State's four straight victories over Southern Miss since 2007.

Southwick was sharp again, completing 19 of 23 passes before heading to the bench in the third quarter. He threw touchdown passes of 42, 18 and 14 yards and his 52-yarder to Geraldo Boldewijn set up Ajayi's 4-yard TD run just before the half.

Boise State rolled up 545 yards on offense and had seven different players score touchdowns. Matt Miller led Boise State with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and Boldewijn had 104 yards and a TD on three catches.

The defense picked off two Southern Miss passes, had four sacks and rebounded impressively after Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs to a fourth-quarter comeback victory last week.

It was another night of futility for the Golden Eagles (0-4), losers of their last 16 games dating back to last season's opener and currently the nation's longest FBC losing streak.

Southern Miss put up 266 yards of total offense and quarterback Allan Bridgford completed 18 of 30 passes for 143 yards and two interceptions. But when the Golden Eagles defense failed to find a way to stop Boise State's offense, the game got out of control early.

The Golden Eagles pulled within 10-7 early in the second quarter when Bridgford fired a 5-yard TD pass to Marquise Ricard all alone in the back of the end zone. The short scoring drive was set up when backup quarterback Grant Hedrick fumbled a snap and Octavius Thomas pounced on a loose ball at the Boise State 8-yard line.

But Southwick and the rest of the offense didn't waste much time getting those points right back.

With the help of two Southern Miss penalties, Boise State took the ball right back down the field, setting up Southwick's 42-yard TD strike to Boldewijn, putting the Broncos up 17-7.

Bridgford led the Golden Eagles back into Bronco territory on the ensuing possession, but the drive stalled just outside the red zone, forcing a field goal attempt. But Corey Acosta's 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Demarcus Lawrence, his second of the game. Cornerback Donte Deayon scooped up the bouncing ball and raced to the Southern Miss 27-yard line.

Four plays later, Southwick rolled out and fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Shane Williams-Rhodes to put the Broncos up 24-7 with 3:52 left in the half and the rout was on.

Boise State now heads into a bye week and some extra time to prepare for a Oct. 12 trip to Utah State. After three straight road games, Southern Miss returns home to play Florida International Saturday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
BSU
1st Downs1530
Total Yards266545
Passing163316
Rushing103229
Penalties7-575-50
3rd Down Conversions2-1311-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers31
Possession28:4231:18

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgford18/301434.812
Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Southwick19/2326811.730

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy10808.0033
Richard12322.708
Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ajayi14835.9122
Fields12463.8113

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Triplett45413.5022
Cox33210.7013
Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller510721.4143
Boldewijn310434.7152

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMBSU
TD04:53Shane Williams-Rhodes 10 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick)
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07
SECOND QUARTERUSMBSU
FG14:21Dan Goodale 33 Yd
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010
TD12:25Marquise Ricard 5 Yd Pass From Allan Bridgford (Corey Acosta Kick)
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710
TD10:10Geraldo Boldewijn 42 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick)
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717
TD03:52Shane Williams-Rhodes 14 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick)
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724
TD01:09Jay Ajayi 4 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
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730
THIRD QUARTERUSMBSU
TD10:10Matt Miller 18 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick)
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737
FG05:50Dan Goodale 26 Yd
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740
TD03:11Grant Hedrick 2 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick)
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747
FOURTH QUARTERUSMBSU
TD12:45Jack Fields 6 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick)
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754
TD03:22Charles Bertoli 7 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)
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760