Dec. 4, 2010
BOISE, Idaho - Sophomore running back/kick returner Kerwynn Williams broke the Western Athletic Conference and NCAA FBS record for single-season kick return yards in Utah State's 50-14 loss at Boise State, who is ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the BCS Standings, Saturday afternoon at BSU's Lyle Smith Field at Bronco Stadium.
Utah State ends the season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 WAC mark, as Saturday was the final game for USU's 22 seniors. Boise State improves to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in WAC play, earning a share of the WAC title.
Williams entered the game needing 123 yards for the record and he had 157 yards Saturday to top the week-old mark of 1,410 yards by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers, as the USU sophomore totaled 1,444 yards for the year. Williams is also the WAC's career kick return yards record holder, now with 2,575 yards.
In addition to the 157 kick return yards, Williams also had a career-high 147 rushing yards for his first 100-yard game of his career, nearly tripling his previous career-best of 52 yards. Williams stepped in for senior running back Derrvin Speight, who was injured in the first half and did not return.
USU had a total of 250 rushing yards with a season-low 41 passing yards, finishing with 291 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel was a season-low 4-of-15 for 41 yards passing, and was intercepted twice and sacked four times by the Bronco defense. Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen had three catches for 33 yards.
The Aggie defense was led by junior safety Walter McClenton with eight tackles while senior safety Rajric Coleman added seven stops. Junior linebacker Bobby Wagner was one of three Aggies with six tackles, posting a game-high two tackles for loss. Wagner suffered an arm injury in the second half and saw limited action.
BSU amassed 453 total offense yards with 251 through the air and 202 on the ground. Kellen Moore was 24-of-34 passing for 237 yards with three TD's. Kyle Efaw had five catches for 76 yards and two TD's, while Jeremy Avery had 10 rushes for 71 yards and one TD.
Jeron Johnson logged nine tackles to lead the BSU defense.
The Broncos' Derrell Acrey intercepted Borel on the Aggies' first play from scrimmage and returned the oskie 31-yards to the endzone. Efaw's first TD of the game came at the 8:21 mark after the Broncos had a short field on a 20-yard drive following a 29-yard punt return by Mitch Burroughs.
Williams scored on a 40-yard scamper on a fourth-and-one, bursting through a huge hole in the right side created by the Aggies' offensive line, and senior placekicker Peter Caldwell's extra point pulled USU within, 15-7, with exactly one minute on the first quarter clock.
The Broncos added 14 second stanza points, on a 2-yard Moore to Efaw scoring connection and a 4-yard pass from Moore to Austin Pettis, taking a 29-7 halftime lead.
Avery scored from 13-yards out and Moore later went over for a 1-yard score to open a 43-7 Bronco lead. Borel darted in from a yard-out with 11:03 to go in the fourth quarter for a 43-14 score, but Mike Coughlin closed the scoring with a 1-yard run with 6:21 on the clock.
Saturday was Boise State's final game as a WAC member as the Broncos are joining the Mountain West following the season, and conference commissioner Karl Benson was on hand to present BSU with its share of the WAC title in a post-game ceremony. BSU shares the title with Hawai'i and No. 14 Nevada. The bowl-bound Broncos will await Sunday's bowl announcements for their bowl game.
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