Oh man, Fresno State. That wasn't even close.
The Broncos rolled to a 51-0 win after letting the Bulldogs hang close for an entire 15 minutes ... out of pity, most likely. There may not be enough game balls to go around, especially after I get done handing them to the Boise State defense.
Join me after the jump for this week's recipients and share your thoughts in the comments about who and what stood out to you.
Reader's choice award for player of the game
There were a lot of good performances on Friday night (Kellen Moore throwing four TDs, Austin Pettis and Titus Young catching a pair, Kyle Brotzman being perfect), but the far and away winner of player of the game honors was the Boise State defensive line. 70 percent of the votes went to the defensive line. Fitting that 70 percent of Fresno State's plays ended in FAIL.
Most dominating defensive line performance from a dominating defensive line
Winn was unblockable in the first quarter, single-handedly destroying Fresno plays and shrugging off blocks like they were nothing. Probably because they were nothing. Those Fresno linemen were in a different class than Winn, and it led to a long night.
Favorite Winn sequence of the night: Ryan Colburn drops back to pass, Winn bursts through the line like a tween at a Bieber concert, Colburn realizes he'll need both hands to protect himself and weakly throws the ball somewhere - anywhere - as Winn collapses in on him, creating a pile of destruction.
Poor Ryan Colburn. He must really not enjoy playing Boise State.
Game ball for best new Bronco strategy
The deep ball is officially a staple of this Boise State offense. I have a palpable sense of expectation anytime Kellen Moore goes play action because chances are he's going deep and it's going to be complete. Titus Young scored from 28 and 42 yards and added a 45-yarder for good measure. Because why not. Fresno State wasn't doing anything to stop it except stubbornly sticking to man-to-man coverage.
But boy, they sure shut down Geraldo Hiwat. He did nothing.
(Side note: What did you think of Kellen Moore throwing deep to Titus Young on the first play of his fourth quarter drive? I imagine that Fresno fans probably thought it was poor sportsmanship for the Broncos to be taking shots with a
42-0 37-0 fourth quarter lead. And really, it was against the Broncos' M.O. based on how they've acted all season long. Aggressive? Yes. Rubbing it in? You tell me.)
Apology of the night
Me, for being pretty sure Kyle Brotzman couldn't make a 50-yard field goal from the left hash
Oh come on. You were thinking it, too.
Game ball for no more excuses
May we never hear anyone ever say "Blue uniforms on blue turf is so unfair because you can't see the players and stuff" again.
That said, I don't really care to see those uniforms any more.
Best 11-yard run on 3rd and 10
What more can you ask of him, America? He has done it all now.
Most honest person of the postgame
I may despise him as a college football person, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Pat Hill knows a beating when one is administered to him. After the game, Hill had only the nicest things to say about the Broncos because, really, what else could you say?
"Never have we been manhandled like that."
"I have no problem saying it: I'll take Boise State against anybody in the country."
"Defensively, we've played some good teams before, but we have never got manhandled like that. We got dominated at the line of scrimmage. That doesn't happen to us too often."
"This Boise State team is the real deal. I just wish them the best of luck. I hope they can make it to the big dance because they deserve it in my mind."
"I've said it before: This is an elite football team and there's no doubt in my mind if these guys win out, they should play for the national championship."
"What else do they have to do? They're on the verge of their fourth undefeated season in six years. You got to be kidding me. Now someday we've got to wake up and say we can't just listen to the people who get all the money, we've got to listen to the people that have the best teams."
Catch of the night
There were some beauties, but I'm going to go with Titus Young's second touchdown when he pinned the ball up against his arm with a defender hanging all over him. It's funny that I used to wonder just how good Young would be at the next level. I thought he was just a burner with relatively mediocre ball skills. Well, I was wrong, which is nothing new. Austin Pettis's existence is the only reason we don't rave about Titus Young's hands more often.
- Fan of the night: The muscle hamster. You are my hero.
New Jeron Johnson kryptonite: Catching balls. Expect this to be fixed next week when Kaepernick throws him two or three.
Head scarf of the night: WAC referee. He was either really cold or hiding a hickey.
Most overrated game factor: Weather. Second most overrated factor: Fresno State's run game.
Most fortunate referee call of the game: Blowing Kellen Moore's fumble dead. I don't want to think that Logan Harrell would have scored (because he looks slow), but he could have at least got much deeper into Bronco territory had the referee not thought Moore's fumble was an incompletion.
- Best Chris Potter impersonation: Mitch Burroughs. His 35-yard punt return looked just like one of Potter's, especially since I couldn't make out the numbers on their jerseys if my life depended on it. I need an HDTV.
- Inevitable Favre comparison: Kellen Moore's underhand throw under pressure. Except when Favre does it, it is an interception.