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Broncos manhandle Bulldogs

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, left, and Doug Martin celebrate Martin’s 7-yard touchdown run that makes it 21-7 in the third.

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Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, left, and Doug Martin celebrate Martin’s 7-yard touchdown run that makes it 21-7 in the third.

ATLANTA — Kellen Moore and the BCS Busters from Boise State are off and running again.

Moore threw three touchdowns as the No. 5 Broncos beat No. 19 Georgia 35-21 Saturday.

Moore, the nation's top-rated passer last season, carved up Georgia's defense after a sluggish start. He went 28-of-34 for 261 yards, his first touchdown — a 17-yarder to Matt Miller — giving him 100 for his career.

In the past three seasons, the Broncos have started with wins against Oregon, Virginia Tech and now Georgia. It went 14-0 in 2009, though it went to the Fiesta Bowl instead of the BCS title game. Last season, an overtime loss to Nevada kept them from a BCS game.

After a 12-yard touchdown to Kyle Efaw gave Boise State a 14-7 lead at halftime, Moore got the ball to start the second half and directed a drive that broke Georgia's back. Completing seven straight passes covering 69 yards, he set up Doug Martin's 7-yard touchdown run.

Late in the third, Chris Potter brought a punt back 49 yards to the Georgia 28. A face mask gave Boise State another first down. And Moore threaded a 3-yard touchdown to Tyler Shoemaker for a three-touchdown lead.

The red-clad Bulldog fans began heading for the exits, leaving a small contingent of blue-clad fans who made the long trip from Idaho.

Aaron Murray took a beating at quarterback and, appropriately enough, took the last of his six sacks on Georgia's final offensive play. He finished 16-of-29 for 236 yards, one interception and two touchdowns, including a 36-yarder to fellow Plant High alum Orson Charles.

Boise State lost to Georgia 48-13 in Athens in 2005. But the programs have gone in opposite directions since that season, when the Bulldogs won their second SEC title under coach Mark Richt. Georgia hasn't won another title, dropping to 6-7 last season.

The Broncos, meanwhile, have outgrown being America's Cinderella team, qualifying for major bowls two of the past five years.

No. 5 Boise State 35

No. 19 Georgia 21

Broncos manhandle Bulldogs 09/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 4, 2011 12:20am]
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