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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. 

 

Boise State 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.

 


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