Kellen Moore of Prosser threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Potter broke three tackles on his way to a 76-yard punt-return touchdown the first time Boise State touched the ball, and the Broncos routed rival Idaho 52-14 Friday night.
MOSCOW, Idaho — Kellen Moore of Prosser raised his arms for yet another touchdown celebration, but dropped them on his helmet when the ball popped out of Austin Pettis’ hands.
That was about the only moment that didn’t go perfectly for No. 4 Boise State.
Moore threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Potter broke three tackles on his way to a 76-yard punt-return touchdown the first time Boise State touched the ball, and the Broncos routed rival Idaho 52-14 Friday night.
Boise State (9-0 overall, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 23 games and put an emphatic lid on the 40th and potentially final meeting between the rivals.
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The future between the Vandals (4-6, 1-4) and Broncos is in doubt because of the Broncos’ pending move to the Mountain West Conference and their desire not to make the trip every other year to Moscow.
Boise State president Bob Kustra, who did not attend Friday’s game, fueled the disconnect between the schools last summer by calling the culture in Moscow “nasty” and “inebriated.”
Vandals defensive end Aaron Lavarias said, “This game is important to Idaho and it’s a shame it’s not going to get played again.”
Many of the fans left at halftime with the Broncos ahead 38-0.
Moore threw touchdowns of 58 yards to Pettis and 17 yards to Jeremy Avery with 12 seconds left in the first half. Moore finished 19 of 26 for 216 yards.
Doug Martin ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Boise State beat Idaho for the 12th straight time.
• Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, who is working as an ESPN analyst, told The Denver Post he has “had some initial talks” with Colorado officials about the school’s coaching vacancy.
Bellotti made it clear he is interested in returning to coaching, according to OregonLive.com.
Colorado fired Dan Hawkins earlier this week. Bellotti was 116-55 as Oregon’s coach before resigning after the 2008 season to become the Ducks’ athletic director.
He left that role to join ESPN.
Oregon, coached by Chip Kelly, is ranked No. 1 in the country.
• As rumors swirled about his eligibility, quarterback Cam Newton of second-ranked Auburn boarded the team bus on his way to Montgomery, Ala., for an overnight stay Friday, a sign he is expected to play Saturday against Georgia.
Players aren’t allowed to travel with the team for the out-of-town hotel stay the night before games if they are ineligible.