By NICK JEZIERNYAssociated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise State scored on its first offensive play Saturday and never looked back in a 42-14 victory over Colorado State.
Senior D.J. Harper went untouched on an 80-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) scored on 5 of their six first-half possessions against the Rams (3-8, 2-5) to keep their conference title hopes alive. Boise State entered the day tied with Fresno State and San Diego State in the Mountain West.
Harper, a sixth-year senior playing in the final home game of his career, finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17 of 20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than one half of action.
Colorado State trailed 42-0 when it finally scored on a career-long 72-yard run by Chris Nwoke with 2:09 in the third quarter. The Rams managed only 229 total yards and had three turnovers.
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