Broncos romp to victory

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LAS VEGAS — Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.

Boise State's Matt Miller catches a touchdown pass as Arizona State's Osahon Irabor defends in the second quarter of Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.  Julie Jacobson/Associated Press
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Boise State's Matt Miller catches a touchdown pass as Arizona State's Osahon Irabor defends in the second quarter of Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.

Arizona State (6-7) never seriously threatened the Broncos (12-1), even though Boise State had three turnovers and allowed a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by the Sun Devils to start the second half.

Arizona State missed on several opportunities to make the game closer, and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore played well enough in his last college game to keep his team scoring.

Moore finished with 266 yards and two touchdowns, ending his career with 50 total wins.

PENN STATE: Might still be without a replacement for fired coach Joe Paterno by the time the Nittany Lions play in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2

The six-person search committee is taking a “very deliberate and measured approach to the process in order to identify the coach that best fits the requirements of the position,” acting athletic director Dave Joyner said Thursday in a written statement.

School president Rodney Erickson and Joyner had both said they hoped to have a new coach before No. 24 Penn State’s bowl game.

But Thursday, Joyner said a new coach would be introduced “at the appropriate time,” and the statement offered no specific timeline.

NEBRASKA: Coach Bo Pelini says center Mike Caputo will play in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina on Jan. 2 despite his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

The senior from Omaha pleaded guilty on Thursday to reckless driving in Lancaster County Court and was fined $100.

• Pelini has promoted defensive line coach John Papuchis to defensive coordinator and hired Rick Kaczenski from Iowa to coach the line.

KANSAS: Coach Charlie Weis landed a pair of high-profile quarterbacks.

Former top recruit Dayne Crist announced on Twitter that he would join the Jayhawks for his senior season after a checkered career at Notre Dame, shortly before news broke that Brigham Young University quarterback Jake Heaps was also transferring to Kansas.

Crist will reunite with Weis, who recruited him to Notre Dame, and be eligible to play next season because he’s already graduated from Notre Dame. Heaps will have to sit out under NCAA transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

VIRGINIA TECH: Kicker Cody Journell has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with breaking and entering. Journell was 14 of 17 on field goal attempts this season.

PITTSBURGH: Hired Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst as coach to replace Todd Graham, who bolted for Arizona State last week after less than a year on the job.

The 46-year-old Chryst is Pitt’s fourth head coach in the past 13 months, following Dave Wannstedt, Mike Haywood and Graham, who left for the Sun Devils following a disappointing 6-6 season.

AKRON: Hired Terry Bowden as its new coach to turn around a woeful program. Bowden, a onetime hot coaching commodity who spent six seasons at Auburn and the past three at Division II North Alabama, takes over a team than went 2-22 the past two seasons.

The school will introduce Bowden at a news conference on Dec. 28.

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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 08:39 am
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It's a shame we didn't get to

It's a shame we didn't get to see Boise State in a BCS Bowl against a quality opponent.

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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 08:44 am
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JTF, they were awesome as

JTF, they were awesome as usual. You had to feel sorry for Dennis Erickson the way the team wouldn't even listen to him last night. Sad ending to his great career.

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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 08:49 am
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River, don't mean to be

River, don't mean to be argumentative, but Erickson isn't that great of a guy. He coached at the "U" when I was living in Miami. I actually had season tickets (you can buy them at KMart) and went to several booster events. He was a real p___k. I think Boise could beat anybody in the country not named LSU or Alabama.

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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 08:58 am
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JTF, okay, thanks for the

JTF, okay, thanks for the inside info. Of course, I don't know him on that level. But t was sad the way the QB just ran the punt team off and all. That's strange in college football. It reminds of Carolina falling apart after it was announced Holtz was leaving. The players started stealing the video equipment and everything else not nailed down.

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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 09:05 am
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I didn't see it. I was

I didn't see it. I was watching more of the Indy game (talk about blowing it). So, tell me, if you were a Colts fan, do you want to win the game or suck for Luck?

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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 09:16 am
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I'd suck for Luck...hahaha.

I'd suck for Luck...hahaha. The importance of the QB has never been shown more than this year with the Colts. Unreal difference. I think Manning is gone for good. That type of nerve problem gives you a weak arm and if there were a therapy way to make it stronger, every weak armed QB in the NFL would be doing it.

But, Manning KNOWS THINGS. He made Eli a decent QB by working with him in the off season and so on. I read once where they talked on the phone daily. Anway, if he hangs around and really teaches Luck or whomever they take, the Colts will be a much better team.

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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 09:26 am
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I hear ya. I have been in the

I hear ya. I have been in the same situation with the Falcons more times than I like to remember. For some reason I always wanted them to win. Interesting comments on Payton. Time will tell if he can regain his form. For thing's for sure, Luck isn't going to be paid $50M to sit on a bench and learn!!

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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 09:35 am
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Think about the Manning

Think about the Manning family at the Christmas dinner table. Three NFL QB's and another brother who was a college wide receiver briefly. There's more football QB knowledge around that table than in the entire NFL.

Incidentally, the other brother is named Cooper. Guess why he quit football? A nerve problem in his spine affecting his arms and hands that he could never be cured of despite treatment at the Mayo Clinic and Baylor Medical. Maybe there's a genetic problem with them.

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