After spotting Louisiana Tech an early touchdown, Boise State roared back for 55 points in a row, thoroughly dominating a team that usually plays the Broncos close. Boise State joins Ohio State, Michigan, Florida and Missouri as the nation's only 6-0 teams.
#20 Boise State
scored 55 consecutive points in a resounding 55-14 win over Louisiana Tech last
night in Bronco Stadium to cap off a successful finish to Homecoming. Tech scored the first and last touchdowns
after Bronco special teams fumbles, but could not manage anything between as
the Broncos dominated.
Four Broncos gained over 50 yards rushing as Boise
State rolled up 265 yards on the
Tech defense. Sophomore Ian Johnson led
the way with 92 yards on just 14 carries, Vinnie Perretta gained 57 yards on
five runs, Brett Denton picked up 50 yards on 11 carries and Jared Zabransky
added 54 yards.
Zabransky was a competent 11 for 18 passing for 254 yards
and two touchdowns, giving him 308 yards of total offense. The senior quarterback also rushed for two
more scores. Zabransky hit Denton
on a 24-yard scoring play and also tossed a five-yard strike to Jerard
Rabb. Officials gave Rabb two personal
fouls for a short celebration after the catch and ejected him from the game. Boise State Coach Chris Petersen was furious
and the officials were chastised for their action by Bronco fans
everywhere. It is believed to be the
first time in college football history that a player has been ejected for
celebrating a touchdown.
The highlight of the game came shortly after the ensuing
kickoff when the Broncos were forced to kick from their own ten as a result of
the questionable penalties. Tech began
the drive with excellent field position and after a couple of first downs,
quarterback Zac Champion lofted a ball towards the Bronco goal line. Free safety Marty Tadman jumped up and
intercepted and thanks to a convoy of Bronco blocks, squirted down the right
sideline for a 98-yard touchdown. It was
the second longest interception return in school history, bested only by Tasi Autele's 99-yard return
against Montana in 1993.
Dennis Ellis had his best game as a Bronco, recording five
tackles in just two quarters of play, nailing Champion for two sacks and
getting another tackle for loss.
Patrick Jackson was effective for Louisiana Tech, gaining 70
yards on the ground and teammate Daniel Porter added 65. Most of those yards came late in the game as
Tech could not mount any sustained drives against the Bronco defense.
improves to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play,
while Louisiana Tech drops to 1-4 in their WAC
opener. The Broncos now play four of
their final six games on the road, beginning with a nationally-televised Sunday
night game against New Mexico State
next week. Louisiana Tech must rebound
to meet Idaho next week in Moscow.