Boise State Throttles Oregon State 42-14

After spotting Oregon State a 14-0 lead, Boise State exploded for a 42-14 win over the Pac-10 Beavers tonight in Bronco Stadium. Sophomore Ian Johnson gave the nation a taste of what to expect from the Broncos this season.

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 as Boise State did a year ago in Corvallis.  Once again, it did not phase the home team.


Boise State came roaring back behind sensational sophomore running back Ian Johnson to score 42 unanswered points.  With a rare combination of raw power and speed, Johnson had a breakout game against Oregon State on national television, rushing for 240 yards and tying the all-time Boise State record with five rushing touchdowns.  Johnson was just 21 yards shy of the Bronco record for yards in a game when he was pulled with 11 minutes left in the game.  As a result, Hall of Famer Cedric Minter's mark of 261 yards set in 1978 is still safe and Johnson will have to settle for third place (also behind Eron Hurley's 254 yards in 1998).  The five touchdowns also tied a record for the most touchdowns scored against an Oregon State team.


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 Eastern Washington.    


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, Boise State tied the game on a four-yard run by Johnson just 16 seconds into the second quarter.  The Bronco defense once again stiffened, and Boise State marched down the field to score their third touchdown in 11 minutes and 24 seconds as Johnson rambled in for a 3-yard TD.


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 Oregon State. 


Bernard finished with 89 yards on 24 carries as he played nearly the entire game.  Moore finished 12 for 17 for 115 yards and an interception.  Sean Canfield played impressive in relief of Moore, going seven for 11 for 63 yards.


Boise State advances to 2-0 on the season, and must head out on the road to face an improved Wyoming team a week from this Saturday.  OSU evens their mark at 1-1.




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