A career night from wide receiver Sean Modster helped propel the Boise State Broncos to a comfortable 45-14 victory over the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque on Friday night.
“First of all, we played a team that was clearly better than us,” Lobos head coach Bob Davie said after the game. “We had a hard time stopping them, although we did fight.”
The Broncos wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on the first drive from scrimmage. BSU went down the field in six plays, driving 75 yards in less that three minutes, as Brett Rypien capped off the drive with a 15 yard pass to Sean Modster for the touchdown and the 7-0 lead.
Boise scored the next points of the game as well, this time going 80 yards over 13 plays for a 16-yard completion to Modster to extend the lead to 14-0. Modster was unstoppable for the Broncos all night long.
The Lobos got on the board thanks to running back Daevon Vigilant, who was elected to the ASUNM Senate on Wednesday, who was able to slip under the pile and punch the ball in for the one yard touchdown. The play was set up by a 20-yard pass to Delane Hart-Johnson which set the Lobos up on the one.
UNM forced a punt on the next drive from Boise State, but Marcus Hayes fair caught it at the five-yard-line, and two plays later Zahneer Shuler was stripped and Desmond Williams walked into the end zone with the ball to push the lead to 21-7.
The Lobos would get the ball back and drive down to the 20-yard-line, eating over seven minutes of game clock in the process, but Andrew Shelley missed the field goal. After the miss, Boise took the ball back and added a field goal in the final seconds before the half ended to take a 24-7 lead.
In the second half, it was more of the same from Rypien and Modster, as the two connected for the third time in the endzone and Boise went up 31-7 with the only score of the third quarter.
Marcus Hayes would end a streak of 345 punt returns without a touchdown in the fourth quarter, taking it 86-yards and breaking a tackle at the 15-yard-line give the Lobos their second score of the night and make the score 31-14.
On the Lobos next offensive drive, Sheriron Jones, who split quarterback duties with Bryson Carroll in the second half, threw an interception that gave BSU the ball back at the UNM 41-yard-line. The Broncos wasted no time making him pay, as running back Alex Mattison took the ball on a sweep and went the length of the field for the touchdown to make the game 38-14.
Boise would add one more with a little over a minute left to make the game 45-14. The Broncos offense went for a total of 449 yards, 222 of which came through the air. Modster finished with nine catches, 129 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lobos offense went for 262 total yards and 103 yards through the air, all of which came off the arm of Jones. Carroll had one pass attempt that fell incomplete. Jones led the team in rushing as well, finishing with 56 yards on the ground.
Davie said that bringing Carroll into the game was done in an attempt to bring the quarterback run back into the offense, as the team had gone away from it earlier in the year due to the injuries suffered at the quarterback position. He is officially listed as a running back on the Lobos roster, making the move from quarterback before the season. Davie added that the team plans to redshirt him this year.
The Lobos return to action for senior day and the season finale next Saturday, Nov. 24 against Wyoming at Dreamstyle Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30. All that Davie and his program will be focused on this week, he said, is finding a way to win that game, and avoid another eight game slide to end the year.
Cameron Goeldner is a senior reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball and the Albuquerque Isotopes, but also contributes content for all other sports. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Goeldfinger