Broncos Survive Scare..

Boise State jumped out to a 15-0 lead to start the game, and then held off a very powerful Hawaii Warriors team to run their record to 4-0 on the season in front of a sell-out crowd in Bronco Stadium on Saturday. Ian Johnson once again played an instrumental part in the Bronco's success, rushing for nearly 180 yards on the evening.. and the Broncos needed each and every one of those yards..

Jared Zabransky threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns and Ian Johnson ran for 178 yards and two scores as the undefeated and #25 ranked Broncos held off Hawaii 41-34.

The loss runs Hawaii's record to 1-2, but both losses have come on the road to ranked teams, (#25 Boise State, #22 Alabama), and both resulted in 1-score losses.

The Broncos ran their Blue Turf dominace to 48 of their last 50 games on their home blue turf.

Hawaii found itself down quickly after an Ian Johnson TD run and a Legedu Naanee TD reception, the result of a Hawaii fumble.

The Warriors were hamstrung by poor Special Teams play throughout the game, with a FG try and extra point both botched because of bad holds. The extra point failure led directly to another Orlando Scandrick 2-point conversion, a mirror of the 2005 game on the Islands.

Besides Ian and Z, Derek Schouman had a breakout night, catching 2 TD passes and punter Kyle Stringer ran in a extra-point attempt for a successful 2-point conversion.

The Broncos had 308 yards of offense in the first half, 150 rushing and 158 passing, and ended the evening with 273 yards passing and 242 yards rushing.

Besides the balanced attack, Boise State held onto the ball for over 10 minutes more than Hawaii, a stat that had a direct bearing on the outcome of the game.

Despite the win, there are a number of areas where the Broncos can work to improve before their showdown in Salt Lake City against the Utah Utes.. Of concern are the continued sloppy play, resulting in 9 penalties for 90 yards as the Broncos continually shot themselves in the foot.. and when they weren't having hankies thrown at them, they were dropping passes as Drisan James dropped 3 passes in a row, one of which was an easy TD if he could have held onto the ball. Jared Zabransky threw his first INT of the year, but Boise State still only has 3 turnovers on the season, a far cry better than just a year ago.

Also of concern is the status of Orlando Scandrick and Ryan Clady, both of whom left Saturday's game with unspecified injuries.

The Broncos now prepare to travel to Utah for another game against a MWC team. Boise State is 10-0 since turning D1 against teams currently in the MWC.

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