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Boise State 51, Fresno State 34

No. 10 Boise State faced some adversity on the road Friday night as the WAC portion of its schedule started.

The Good
Boise State: This was expected to be a tricky game for Boise State. Fresno State is a good team which gave Wisconsin all it could handle last week in Madison. So the Broncos got by a tough obstacle on their path to a possible BCS bowl. Kellen Moore was again sharp (18 of 26, 181 yards, three touchdowns). Boise State has a lot of offensive talent and it was on display Friday night: Jeremy Avery rushed for 186 yards on just 11 carries and caught five passes for 83 yards and a touchdown (Avery's 67-yard pass from Moore with 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter put Boise State up 48-34 and essentially sealed the win); D.J. Harper rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries; Austin Pettis had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown; and Titus Young had two touchdowns, including recovering a fumble in the end zone to put Boise State up 34-24 in the third quarter. If Young doesn't recover the fumble, it's Fresno State's ball at the 20, down just 27-24 with momentum.
Fresno State: Ryan Mathews was spectacular for Fresno State, rushing for 234 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries. The Bulldogs didn't fold, down 24-3 in the second quarter. Fresno State rallied to close the gap to 24-17 at halftime, 27-24 and 34-27 in the third quarter and 41-34 in the fourth quarter.

The Bad
Boise State:
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen can't be happy about nearly squandering a 24-3 lead. Petersen also can't be happy about Mathews rushing for 234 yards on a defense that had given up just eight points and 346 total yards in the first two games. In all, Fresno State had 507 yards of total offense.
Fresno State: Pat Hill's bunch has really come close two weeks in a row. The Bulldogs took Wisconsin to overtime on the road last week, and had Boise State on the ropes a few times Friday night. Fresno State just couldn't stop the Broncos from coming up with big plays. The result, a 1-2 record.

Up next
Boise State:
Another tricky road game next week against Bowling Green, which played Missouri very tough earlier this season (27-20).
Fresno State: It doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs. Fresno State goes to No. 17 Cincinnati next.

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