INSIDE THE MATCHUP: NO. 3 BOISE STATE AT WYOMING

2010-09-14T00:00:00Z INSIDE THE MATCHUP: NO. 3 BOISE STATE AT WYOMINGBy ERIC SCHMOLDT - Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

BOISE STATE BRONCOS

RECORD: 1-0 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference.

LAST WEEK: The Boise State Broncos had this weekend off following a Labor Day game that proved to be one of the most exciting in the first week of college football.

In that game, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, none of them more important than the one that capped a two-minute drill to secure a 33-30 victory over then-nationally ranked Virginia Tech.

The Broncso jumped on top of the Hokies 17-0, silencing a FedEx Field crowd that basically presented a true road game test.

But Virginia Tech stormed back and had a 30-26 lead with just minutes remaining.

Unfortunately for the Hokies, they left too much time on the clock for Moore, who led a stunning drive down the field.

The victory came in what many believe will be Boise State's toughest test this season and set up what some have predicted will be a run to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game.

KEY STAT: 7.0.

While Moore stole the show in the opener, Boise State's rushing attack looked equally impressive.

The Broncos rushed for 7.0 yards per carry, a concerning statistic considering the tackling woes of Wyoming's defense through the first two weeks.

WHO TO WATCH: Boise State's defense.

While the Broncos get a lot of love for their brilliance and sometimes trickery on offense, they returned nearly every defensive starter from a year ago.

Boise State stifled a notorious Virginia Tech rushing game as well.

WYOMING COWBOYS

RECORD: 1-1, overall, 0-0 Mountain West Conference.

LAST WEEK: For a second straight season, the Wyoming Cowboys captured the nation's attention with a first-half lead over top-five Texas.

For the second straight season, the Longhorns responded by running away from the Pokes the rest of the way.

Texas scored touchdowns on back-to-back plays from scrimmage on offense, quickly ruining UW's upset dreams and cruising to a 34-7 victory in Austin.

Cowboys sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels posted another solid effort, throwing for 160 yards and running for 25 more, including an 18-yard touchdown that marked UW's lone score of the day.

But the Pokes suffered from similar shortfalls that they did in a Week 1 victory over Southern Utah as Carta-Samuels spent most of the night on the run and lackluster UW tackling led to the biggest plays of the night for Texas.

The Longhorns racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense, though UW coach Dave Christensen was pleased with his team's effort, particularly coming off the tragic death of linebacker Ruben Narcisse.

KEY STAT: 118.

Wyoming ranks third-to-last among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams with 47 rushing yards per game.

While it's still early, the Pokes must find a way to establish a rushing game as they are averaging just 1.71 yards per carry.

WHO TO WATCH: The secondary.

It's going to be a battle of great experience as Boise State returns nearly all of its top offensive performers from last year and the Pokes return all of their starters in the secondary.

UW had its moments against Texas, but the secondary also saw its share of struggles.

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