FRESNO, Calif. — Boise State has added another dynamic playmaker to an already potent offense.
Geraldo Boldewijn caught two touchdown passes in his first game back from suspension as the fifth-ranked Broncos extended their dominance over former Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State in a 57-7 victory Friday night.
“He’s a big-time player,” quarterback Kellen Moore said. “He’s another piece to the puzzle in the wide receiver crew. He’s a big-body guy, a long strider. He does a great job going up and making plays.”
Moore went 23 of 31 for 254 yards and three scores in his 43rd win for the Broncos (5-0), who have turned this once intense rivalry into a lopsided affair.
Boise State led 30-0 before Fresno State (2-4) crossed midfield, and the Broncos went up 43-0 early in the third quarter on Doug Martin’s 1-yard run to extend the Broncos’ run of 104 straight points against the Bulldogs.
D.J. Harper added a 3-yard TD run later in the quarter after Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception, and the streak finally ended at 111 straight points when the Bulldogs’ Devon Wylie returned a punt 79 yards for a score on the fourth quarter’s first play.
The Broncos scored the final 10 points in a 51-34 win here in 2009 and beat the Bulldogs 51-0 at home last year. They then scored the first 50 points of this game.
“There’s definitely a rivalry between us and Fresno,” said safety Hunter White, who blocked a punt and forced a fumble. “For us to come down to their place where they played us tough two years ago in a battle, it was nice to get after them.”
Boise State nearly scored as many touchdowns (eight) as Fresno State had first downs (nine), with the final score coming on quarterback Grant Hedrick’s 23-yard run with 17 seconds left.
Martin ran for 94 yards, Harper had two short TD runs, wide receiver Mitch Burroughs scored on a 25-yard run, and wide receiver Matt Miller caught a 4-yard TD pass. The only problems for the Broncos came on special teams, where they allowed the long punt return and Dan Goodale missed two extra points.
Carr completed 17 of 30 passes for 126 yards with one interception and a lost fumble as Fresno State lost its 15th straight game to a ranked opponent.BOISE STATE — 57
FRESNO STATE — 7
KEY: The Broncos scored eight touchdowns and held the Bulldogs offense to nine first downs and no TDs.