2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Notes

Broncos made their mark on bowl's record book as well.


LAS VEGAS - After heavy rains battered Southern Nevada all day, the skies finally cleared after six days of bad weather for a dry kickoff. The game-time temperature was 52 degrees with only 6 MPH breezes.

Boise State, which defeated Utah 26-3, was the highest-ranked team to ever play in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at No. 10 in both polls.

The Broncos were the first team to ever play in the bowl with at least 11 wins and became the first entry to end their year with 12 victories.

The game sold out for the sixth consecutive year. The attendance was 41,923, which marks the second-biggest crowd for a MAACO Bowl Las Vegas in its 19-year history. It was also the third-largest crowd to ever see a football game in the state of Nevada behind only the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl between BYU and Oregon (44,615) and a regular-season game between Wisconsin and UNLV in 2002 (42,075). Both of those games included temporary bleachers in the open end zone.

Boise State snapped Utah's nine-game bowl winning streak, which had tied for the second-longest such string in college football history. The last time the Utes lost a bowl game was Dec. 27, 1996, when Wisconsin defeated Utah 38-10 in the Copper Bowl.

The Broncos improved to 5-2 vs. the Utes all-time and have now won four straight meetings dating back to 1998.

Boise State was the first team from the Western Athletic Conference to ever win a Las Vegas Bowl. The league was 0-3 heading into this matchup.

Teams currently in the MWC dropped to 8-7 all-time in the bowl and 7-5 since the league was formed in 1999. The MWC still has the most wins of any conference in the Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-10 is second with five all-time wins).

Utah lost a Las Vegas Bowl for the first time in its three all-time appearances. The Utes won the 1999 and 2001 editions as part of their nine-game bowl victory streak.

Boise State became the sixth consecutive team making its first-ever appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl to come out a winner (Arizona 2008, Cal 2005, Wyoming 2004, Oregon State 2003 and UCLA 2002 were the others to taste victory in their initial showing). The last team to lose in its first appearance at Sam Boyd Stadium was USC, which fell to Utah 10-6 in 2001.

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who was the first Heisman Trophy Finalist to appear in the game the same year as going to New York for the ceremony, was voted the Las Vegas Bowl Most Valuable Player. He finished 28-38 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The passing total was the third most in Las Vegas Bowl history.

Receiver Austin Pettis tied for the second most catches in a Las Vegas Bowl with 12. His 147-yard total ranked fifth all-time in the event.

Utah's eight total first downs tied for the second fewest in Las Vegas Bowl history.

Boise State running back Doug Martin's second-quarter 84-yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage in Las Vegas Bowl history. He finished with 147 yards on just 17 carries and his 8.6 yard per rush average was the fourth-most in the game's history.

OTHER STATS NOTES:
Kellen Moore's 28 completions was the third-most in bowl history.

Kellen Moore's .736 completion percentage was the highest in bowl history.

Austin Pettis' 147 yards receiving was the fifth-highest in bowl history.

Joe Phillips' 44-yard field goal for Utah was the fourth-longest in bowl history.

Doug Martin had the sixth-highest rushing total (147 yards) in bowl history.

Utah had the third-fewest completions as a team in bowl history with 10.

The Utes' 93 passing yards was the third-lowest total in bowl history.

Boise State's .725 completion percentage as a team was the highest in bowl history.

Utah's 10 team receptions were the third-lowest in bowl history.

Utah's 200 total yards was the fourth-fewest total in bowl history.

Utah scored the fewest points in bowl history with three.

The Utes' eight first downs tied for the second-lowest total in bowl history.

Utah's three passing first downs tied for the second-lowest total in bowl history.

Boise State and Utah each lost three fumbles on the night, tying for the most ever in bowl history.

Boise was penalized just three times, the second-fewest in bowl history.