Week 14: You Have No Business To Be Bored! Live Game Threads, Scores, And Recaps

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Boise State 42, New Mexico State 7: Broncos Rout Their Way To Undefeated Season

For more, check out our Boise State blog, One Bronco Nation Under God.

Boise, ID (Sports Network) – Doug Martin ran for four touchdowns, as sixth- ranked Boise State completed a second consecutive unbeaten regular season with a 42-7 thrashing of New Mexico State.

Martin finished with 83 of the 256 total rushing yards for the Broncos (13-0 (8-0 WAC), who also clinched the Western Athletic Conference title outright and kept their at-large BCS bowl hopes alive.

Boise State finished the 2008 season 12-0 before losing to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Kellen Moore completed 19-of-30 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown for Boise State, with that score going to Titus Young. The Broncos totaled 544 yards and held New Mexico State (3-10, 1-7) to just 191.

Seth Smith ran for 114 yards on 35 carries for the Aggies, who fell to 0-10 all-time against Boise State. Jeff Fleming completed 3-of-7 passes for 36 yards for New Mexico State, while Trevor Walls completed one pass in five attempts.

- Via Sports Network.


Fresno State 53, Illinois 52: Bulldogs OL Hauls In Miracle 2-Point Conversion In Last Seconds

You won't often come across a sad fan whose team scored 52 points. Observe the phenomenon at our Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange.

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Ryan Colburn threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jamel Hamler with two seconds remaining and Fresno State converted a miraculous two-point conversion attempt that lifted the Bulldogs over the Illinois Fighting Illini by a 53-52 final in non-conference play.

Ryan Matthews rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries for Fresno State (8-4).

Juice Williams threw for 211 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in defeat for Illinois (3-9).

With the score tied at 45-45 with 6:14 remaining in the game, Williams tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mikel Leshoure, making the count 52-45.

Fresno State answered with an 11-play, 67 yard drive that culminated with the Colburn touchdown pass to Hamler. Rather than force overtime with an extra point kick, the Bulldogs put the ball back in Colburn’s hands. The quarterback threw a short pass that was deflected and then caught by Devan Cunningham, a 350-pound lineman. That freak play won the game for the Bulldogs.

Both teams registered a touchdown in the first quarter, as a 15-yard scamper by Illinois’ Daniel Dufrene was followed by a one-yard scoring plunge by Matthews.

The Bulldogs took a 14-7 advantage on the first play of the second quarter, as Phillip Thomas intercepted a pass and raced 21 yards for a touchdown.

Illinois answered with back-to-back touchdowns in that second quarter to grab a 21-14 lead. After an 18-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Jeff Cumberland, Jason Ford reached paydirt on an eight-yard scamper.

The final half minute of the first half was loaded with action. Fresno State tied the game at 21-21 on a four-yard touchdown pass from Colburn to Seyi Ajirotutu with 22 seconds remaining. Just 14 seconds later, however, the Illini jumped back in front by a 28-21 count on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Arrelious Benn.

Illinois pushed its edge to 31-21 in the third quarter on a 44-yard field goal by Derek Dimke.

Fresno State then tied the score at 31-31 with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Matthews and a 34-yard field goal from Kevin Goessling.

On the final play of the third quarter, Illinois grabbed a 38-31 advantage on a 61-yard touchdown scamper by LeShoure.

Matthews evened the score at 38-38 early in the fourth quarter, as he raced 27 yards to the end zone.

LeShoure made another big play for Illinois with 9:29 left in that fourth stanza, as he scored on a 19-yard run to give the Illini a 45-38 lead.

The back-and-forth affair continued with a 25-yard touchdown run by Colburn, evening the count at 45-45.

- Via Sports Network.


West Virginia 24, Rutgers 21: Mountaineers Outlast Knights In Sloppy Conditions

The gunpowder is below, but it’s nothing without our West Virignia blog, The Smoking Musket.

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) – Noel Devine and Ryan Clarke each rushed for a touchdown and Sidney Glover returned an interception for a score, as 24th- ranked West Virginia snuck past the Scarlet Knights, 24-21, in sloppy conditions at Rutgers Stadium.

Devine and Clarke added 65 and 58 rushing yards, respectively, for the Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East), who were coming off a last-second win over rival Pittsburgh last week.

Neither quarterback was particularly effective throwing the ball, as WVU’s Jarrett Brown completed half of his 20 attempts for 116 yards, while his counterpart, Tom Savage, was 9-for-27 for 153 yards and two interceptions.

Savage also threw a 62-yard touchdown to Mohamed Sanu, who finished with 152 yards from scrimmage for Rutgers (8-4, 3-4).

The Scarlet Knights have now lost 15 straight to West Virginia.

There were just three successful third-down conversions throughout the game. West Virginia went 2-for-14, while Rutgers was 1-for-15.

Tyler Bitancurt’s 41-yard field goal at the 8:44 mark of the fourth quarter extended WVU’s lead to 24-14, but Savage found Sanu behind the West Virginia secondary on the first play of the next drive for a 62-yard scoring strike.

Rutgers’ last drive started at its own 47 with 2:57 remaining. A pair of incompletions around a four-yard rush brought on fourth down, and Savage’s high pass to Sanu went through the receiver’s hands and into the arms of J.T. Thomas for the interception.

On 3rd-and-6 after the change of possession, Brown used a stiff arm to break free for a 12-yard gain, eating up all of Rutgers’ timeouts to seal the season-ending victory.

Brown’s 36-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage set up Devine’s six-yard run to paydirt just two minutes in.

San San Te answered with a 38-yard field goal, and Clarke’s one-yard plunge capped a nine-play, 80-yard West Virginia drive later in the quarter.

A mix of rain and snow through most of the game called for conservative play, and the 14-3 score held up until Glover stepped in front of a Savage pass and returned it 24 yards for a TD five minutes into the third quarter.

Joe Lefeged got the points back immediately, however, taking the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a score. Savage called his own number for the two-point conversion, pulling Rutgers within 21-11.

After recovering a Brown fumble in their own territory, the Scarlet Knights used a run-heavy drive to move into the red zone. An incompletion on 3rd-and- goal from the 10 brought out Te, who missed a 45-yarder earlier in the quarter but was true for 27 yards out this time around to make it a one-score game with a quarter to play.

West Virginia leads the all-time series 31-4-2. The last time Rutgers won in the series was in 1994…Sanu rushed 13 times for 47 yards, adding six grabs for 105 yards as well…Jock Sanders led WVU in receiving with five catches for 62 yards…The Mountaineers outgained Rutgers, 282-218.

- Via Sports Network.


Week 14: You Have No Business To Be Bored!

As a college football fan who lives to see December 5, 2009, you should be rather moved by the astounding improbability of your existence. It is a huge privilege to be here, and I sort of feel...when people say they are bored, well, you have no business to be bored! You exist! There are gazillions of football fans who could have existed in your place, and a lot of them would have been a lot better than you. So stop whingeing!

When fans bemoan the fact that the season is going to come to an end...you're lucky to have had anything at all. Stop moaning!

(Paraphrased from science guy Richard Dawkins -- see bottom of page.)

Celebrate your extraordinary privilege by jumping into one of SB Nation's live game threads and discussing the games as they unfold. Here are your noon games:

No. 23 West Virginia at Rutgers (ESPN)
Game thread at The Smoking Musket
Game thread at Protect R Turf
Live score

(12:30) Fresno State at Illinois
Game thread at Hail to the Orange
Live score

Big East Championship
No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 15 Pittsburgh (ABC)
Live score

C-USA Championship
No. 21 Houston at East Carolina (ESPN2)
Live score

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