Records Fall In 20th Edition Of Bowl
Game of big plays means both sides boast historic numbers
LAS VEGAS - Boise State's 56-24 victory over ASU broke both the MBLV record for most points by a team (breaking Oregon State's 55 points vs. New Mexico in 2003) and both teams combined (80 broke the record of 77 by Toledo and Nevada in 1995 -- the Rockets downed the Wolf Pack 40-37 in the first overtime game in FBS history in 1995). The 32-point differential marked the second-biggest win in MBLV history behind only Oregon State's 41-point victory over the Lobos.
ASU WR Gerell Robinson shattered the MBLV record with 241 yards on 13 catches (the reception total ranked second in the game all-time) to best BYU's Jonny Harline, who had 181 yards vs. Oregon in 2006.
The Sun Devils set the MBLV record for team passing yards with 395 (besting Oregon State's 386 vs. New Mexico in 2003) but also set the game's record for fewest net rushing yards with minus-11 (breaking the one yard gained by USC vs. Utah in 2001).
Bronco running back Doug Martin was voted the Rossi T. Ralenkotter Most Valuable Player. His 301 all-purpose yards broke the bowl's record previously held by Oregon's Pat Johnson, who racked up 272 yards vs. Air Force in 1997. Martin finished the night with 31 carries (tied for third in MBLV history) for 151 yards (fourth in MBLV history). He also had three receptions for 26 yards. Martin opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It shattered the game's record for longest kick return, which was 51 yards by Damon Tolbert of Central Michigan vs. UNLV in 1994.
Martin's big play marked the first time a bowl game opened with a kickoff return for touchdown since Ted Ginn Jr. of Ohio State did it vs. Florida in the 2007 BCS National Championship game.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore won his NCAA-record 50th career game as a starter. The previous record was 45 held by Texas' Colt McCoy. In Moore's two MBLV appearances, he totaled 54 completions on 72 attempts for 632 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He even punted once vs. ASU for 24 yards.
Boise State, which downed Utah 26-3 in last year's MBLV, improved to 2-0 in the game to join hometown UNLV as the only schools with an undefeated record in the bowl with multiple appearances.
The Broncos, which finished with a 12-1 overall record in 2011, were the highest-ranked team to ever appear in the MBLV (No. 8 AP, No. 6 Coaches) breaking their own record of No. 10/10 set in 2010.
ASU played its first game in the city of Las Vegas and made its first appearance in the Silver State since playing at Nevada in 1947.
The Mountain West improved to 8-5 in the MBLV all-time while the Pac-12 dropped to 5-6. The two leagues have faced each other nine times and the MW has taken five of those.
Tyler Shoemaker's 14-yard touchdown reception from Kellen Moore meant the senior has caught at least one touchdown against three different teams at Sam Boyd Stadium in the last 12 months: vs. Utah in last year's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, vs. UNLV in November and vs. ASU.
Josh Hubner's first-quarter punt of 61 yards was the third-longest in MBLV history behind a 64-yarder in 2009 and a 66-yarder by Brian Schmitz of UNC vs. San Diego State in 1998.
The 14-0 lead by Boise State was the biggest at the end of the first quarter in a MBLV since Utah State led by the same score vs. Ball State in 1993.
The 28-3 lead by Boise State was the biggest at halftime in a MBLV since Oregon led Air Force 26-0 at the break in 1997.
ASU led off the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Rashad Ross.
With ASU going for it on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line in the third quarter, Boise State's Jamar Taylor intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown the other way. It marked the longest interception return (previously 56 yards by Scott Johnson of BYU vs. Oregon State in 2009) in MBLV history. It was also the fourth pick returned for a touchdown in MBLV history and the longest for a score (previously 55 yards by Desmar Black of New Mexico vs. UCLA in 2002).
The attendance of 35,720 ranked as the seventh-biggest crowd in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas history.
The 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Boise State's Travis Stanaway marked the fourth fumble return for a score in MBLV history. It meant the Broncos scored touchdowns five different ways: passing, rushing, kickoff return, interception and fumble return.
ASU QB Brock Osweiler completed 30 passes (tied for second in MBLV history) of 47 attempts (third all-time) for 395 yards, which broke the bowl's record of 375 yards by BYU signal caller John Beck vs. Oregon in 2006.
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