Broncos romp to victory

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.

 

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.

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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