Sept.15, 2012; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos running back D.J. Harper (7) catches a touch down pass from quarterback Joe Southwick (not pictured) during first half action at Bronco Stadium verses the Miami Redhawks. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE
The Bronco offense found its rhythm, the Bronco defense kept its rhythm, and Boise State turned a big third quarter into a big first win of the season, 39-12 over Miami (OH).
D.J. Harper was the star of the show, rushing for a career-high 162 yards on only 16 carries. He scored three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown; his TD catch, a diving effort at the back of the end zone, was Boise State's first points of the game and first offensive touchdown of the year.
The Bronco defense held the Miami (OH) offense - sans deep threat wideout Nick Harwell - to 227 total yards and reduced the RedHawks to a dinking and dunking and hoping for breaks that never came. The two biggest breaks of the game - a Joe Southwick red zone interception and a Jack Fields inside-the-10 fumble - led to six RedHawk points, which clearly was not enough.
Speaking of Southwick, he finished with 300 yards and two scores and, apart from the red zone pick, looked much more composed in the passing game.
Boise State is going to be alright, you guys!
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- Boxscore - ESPN
It was over when ...
D.J. Harper took the ball on an inside handoff and burst for a 43-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a three possession lead late in the third quarter.
On first glance
Boise State's offense put on a show with over 300 yards passing and nearly 300 yards rushing. It seems like ages ago when we were all shaking our fists in the air and yelling, "Why?!" every time we saw Kellen Moore and Doug Martin in NFL uniforms. The Bronco offense was amazing - nearly as amazing as it was in the firework-laden heyday of Bronco offenses past.
On second glance
This Bronco defense is really good. Holding Zac Dysert and the RedHawks to 178 passing yards is impressive, no matter who was running routes for him. Forget the Bronco offense. This BSU team runs through its defense.
On third glance
The offense was leaps and bounds better than it was against Michigan State, but you and I know that Chris Petersen will find coaching points aplenty. First, turnovers. Second, red zone scoring (the Broncos were 0-for-2 to start the game). Third, eh, let's forget about No. 1 and No. 2 for now and just celebrate the fact that the Broncos are back in the win column and the offense works again.