FORT COLLINS, Colo. — After one game in the conference, No. 5 Boise State already is the biggest bully in the Mountain West.
The Broncos, an expansion target for the Big East, routed Colorado State 63-13 in their Mountain West debut Saturday behind huge games from quarterback Kellen Moore, tailback Doug Martin and wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker.
Moore threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns on 26-for-30 passing, Martin ran 20 times for 200 yards and three scores, and Shoemaker caught nine passes for 180 yards and two TDs and added a 36-yard run on a fake punt that led to another score for the Broncos (6-0, 1-0).
The trio of playmakers did all of that damage in 2½ quarters before their backups finished off the Rams (3-3, 1-1).
“It just felt like we were executing like we do in practice,” said Moore, who engineered six scoring drives of less than two minutes in improving to 44-2 as a starter, one win shy of Colt McCoy’s NCAA record.
“Tonight we were just really clicking,” Shoemaker said. “I think it sets the standard for us in the Mountain West. We talked about that a lot in practice this week: As a new conference member, let them know we’re here to compete.”
Even before kickoff of their inaugural league game, however, there were rumblings the Broncos, who left the Western Athletic Conference after a decade of dominance, would be bolting again — this time to the reconfigured Big East. That conference could issue them a football-only invitation as soon as this week.
Boise State president Robert Kustra said before kickoff that the school’s best option might be staying in the Mountain West, which is joining forces with Conference USA to secure a solid future in the rapidly changing college football landscape. But Kustra stressed that his top priority is to get the Broncos as close as possible to an automatic qualifying status in the Bowl Championship Series, so he’s keeping all his options open.
“Not even the slightest” distraction, coach Chris Petersen said. “Not even kind of. The guys that are going to make the decision are going to make a great decision for Boise State. We have 100 percent confidence in that. And that’s why it doesn’t distract us in the slightest. We’re just playing this season.”
■ UNR 49, New Mexico 7 — At Reno, Cody Fajardo passed for 203 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack past the Lobos.
Lampford Mark had touchdown runs of 9, 4 and 1 yards as UNR (3-3) rolled up 598 yards of offense, including 338 rushing. New Mexico (0-6) did not score until the final minutes.
Stefphon Jefferson ran for 108 yards and a touchdown for UNR, which led 28-0 at halftime and 42-0 after three quarters.
The Lobos’ score came when backup quarterback Tarean Austin ran around right end from 17 yards with 6:38 left.