BOISE, Idaho - A defensive effort led by senior linebacker Pat Hinkel kept Miami in the game through 30 minutes, but Boise State pulled away in the second half for a 39-12 victory Saturday in front of 34,178 fans at Bronco Stadium, the second largest crowd in BSU history.
The RedHawks (1-2) trailed just 15-9 at half thanks in part to Hinkel, who intercepted a Joe Southwick pass in the endzone midway through the first quarter and recovered a fumble that led to a 2-yard TD pass from Spencer Treadwell to Andy Cruse with 4:39 left in the second.
The running back pass, which gave Miami a 9-8 lead, was the first non-quarterback touchdown pass for the RedHawks since 2004.
Senior Zac Dysert completed 20 passes for 176 yards in the contest. Cruse led Miami in receptions for the third straight week with six catches for 42 yards. Sophomore Dawan Scott added four grabs for 23 yards.
Jamire Westbrook led the team in rushing with 28 yards on eight carries, while Treadwell ran the ball six times for 17 yards.
True freshman Kaleb Patterson nailed a 45-yard field goal with 4:05 remaining in the first and added a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is now four-of-five on field goals this year.
Boise State's D.J. Harper had a game-high 162 yards rushing, scoring on three of his 16 carries. Joe Southwick passed for 304 yards, completing 24 of 31 passes. He had two touchdowns to offset the lone interception.
The Broncos (1-1) scored three second-half TDs.
Miami returns home next weekend to open Mid-American Conference play against Massachusetts. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.