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Arizona State is no match for Boise State

LAS VEGAS -- Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 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, wasting a 241-yard receiving effort by Gerell Robinson, who caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter after the Broncos had already scored 49 points.

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore -- the NCAA's winningest player at the position -- played well enough in his last college game to keep his team scoring, despite some missteps. He finished with 266 yards and two touchdowns, plus two interceptions and a fumble in a game that capped his college career with 50 total wins.

Martin finished with 301 all-purpose yards, breaking a bowl record set in 1997 by Air Force's Pat Johnson. His touchdown return also set a record for the longest kickoff return in MAACO Bowl history; it was the first time the opening kickoff had been returned for a score in any bowl game since Ted Ginn Jr. did it in the 2007 BCS title game.

The most costly mistake for Arizona State came in the third quarter, as the Sun Devils tried to capitalize on a fumble by Moore -- his third turnover of the game. The Sun Devils drove 49 yards to Boise State's 1-yard line, but quarterback Brock Osweiler's fourth-down pass was intercepted by Jamar Taylor, who returned it for a touchdown to make the score 35-10.


Pittsburgh hires Chryst

PITTSBURGH -- No proclamations. No promises of Big East titles, or ACC ones for that matter. No preaching about commitment or the virtues of a gimmicky if effective offense.

Paul Chryst doesn't do self-promotion. All he does is coach football.

Good thing, because after a year of turmoil, Pittsburgh needs that more than ever.

The Panthers hired the successful and plainspoken Wisconsin offensive coordinator on Thursday and charged him with providing the once-proud program with a much-needed dose of stability.

Judging by his first day at his new gig, Chryst provided it in bulk.

Calling Pitt a "destination job," Chryst promised only to get to work, a mantra that should resonate with both his players and a fractured fan base tired of a 13-month coaching carousel.

"I do believe it's about what you do and not about what you say," Chryst said. "I'm not going to sit up and talk here about who I am. But I am really excited to roll up our sleeves and go about it with this group of players."


Zips pick Bowden

CLEVELAND -- Akron hired Terry Bowden to turn around its woeful football program Thursday.

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 that went 2-22 and won just one conference game the past two seasons.

"I'm so excited to be a Zip," said Bowden, who coached Akron's quarterbacks in 1986 under Gerry Faust. "With the great resources and the commitment to winning by the administration and community, it's just a matter of time until we build a championship program."

Bowden, the son of famed former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, has been at North Alabama the past three seasons after a decade-long absence from the sidelines.

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