Boise State hammers Arizona State in Vegas Bowl behind big nights from Martin, Moore

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22: Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Boise State Broncos made a statement in their 56-24 Las Vegas Bowl win over the Arizona State Sun Devils - that statement being "we are really good and should have been playing in a better bowl probably." The Boise State seniors went out on a high note with their 50th win coming in exciting, blowout fashion with three non-offensive touchdowns, big nights from Moore and Martin, and a stifling defensive effort. Pretty much par for the last four years, if you ask me.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. A recap is after the jump.

Big plays

  • Doug Martin's 100-yard kickoff return to open the game.
  • Jamar Taylor's 100-yard-(plus) interception return for a touchdown.
  • Byron Hout and Chase Baker's stops on goal-to-go from the one-yard line prior to Taylor's pick six.
  • Travis Stanaway's 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
  • Arizona State's Rashad Ross 98-yard kickoff return touchdown.
  • Matt Miller touchdown pass to Kyle Efaw.
  • Any Doug Martin run.

Hilarious plays

  • Kirby Moore's failed attempt at a forward pass.

Statistics

Passing

Kellen Moore - 25-for-33, 269 yards, two TDs, two INTs
Brock Osweiler - 30-for-47, 395 yards, two TD, one INT

Rushing

Doug Martin - 31 carries, 151 yard, one TD

Receiving

Mitch Burroughs - 4 catches, 59 yards
Geraldo Boldewijn - 3 catches, 57 yards
Matt Miller - 4 catches, 32 yards, one TD
Gerell Robinson - 13 catches, 241 yards, one TD

Knee-jerk reactions

I have a sense that Boise State was pretty motivated coming into this game, perhaps due to a certain large group of seniors leaving or a certain BCS bowl slight ... A lot was made about Kellen Moore's final game, and Doug Martin did a great job reminding us that this was his last game, too ... Can't you just see Martin playing on NFL Sundays next season? ... Two big sticks by Lee Hightower and George Iloka on the Sun Devils' first drive really set the tone ...

Boise State may have allowed 384 yards to Arizona State, but those were the least effective 384 yards I have seen ... Shame Byron Hout's career is over; he seemed to really figure out MLB this year ... Good to have Jamar Taylor back, and that's an understatement ... Regardless of whether or not Arizona State should have ran the fourth down fade route or not, Brock Osweiler has to throw a better fade than that ...

Nice to see the Boise State defensive line go out on a high note ... Kirk Herbstreit loves Lee Hightower more than I do, which is saying something ... Classy move by Coach Pete to leave the seniors in all the way to the final whistle ...

Your turn

What did you think of Boise State's win? Were you as impressed by Doug Martin's running as the rest of America? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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