Déjà vu on the Blue.
In the fourth game in what has become a thrilling series
between the Pac-10 Oregon State Beavers and the Boise State Broncos, OSU jumped
out to a 14-0 lead, just as they did two years ago in Bronco Stadium and just
OSU had fashioned the two-touchdown lead thanks to a gutsy call by coach Mike Riley and a spectacular punt return. Facing a fourth and one at it's own 26, Riley called for a fake punt which worked to perfection and kept the drive alive. Yvenson Bernard carred seven consecutive times for 46 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore to talented tight end Joe Newton.
The Beavers extended their lead to
14-0 as Sammie Stroughter broke four tackles, shot
across the field and found daylight for a 64-yard punt return. Stroughter also
returned a a 51-yarder for a
score last week against
After that, it was all Blue. Johnson burst
through a huge hole, broke a tackle and outran the Beaver defense into the end
zone for his first score from 59 yards out.
With the passing of Bronco quarterback Jared Zabransky
and the running of Johnson,
Johnson caught a 21-yard pass from Zabransky on the next drive to set up a beautiful timing route for a score between Zabransky and Legedu Naanee. The Broncos were up 28-14.
The third quarter was a battle for field position. After a hard hit on OSU's Yvenson Bernard that resulted in a fumble recovery, Johnson's fourth touchdown may have been his most impressive. He broke tackles at the Oregon State 19, kept a full head of steam, and carried Beaver defenders on his back into the end zone.
Johnson capped his historic night with a 50-yard run through the heart of the Beaver defense for his fifth touchdown.
Zabransky finished eight for 13 for 105 yards and a touchdown and
also ran for 22 yards, foiling sack attempts by
Bernard finished with 89 yards on
24 carries as he played nearly the entire game.