Stop number eight on the Broncos' agenda--a trip up treacherous Idaho Highway 55 to Moscow. A determined effort by the Vandals fell short, and Boise State escaped with a 42-26 WAC win. (Photo provided by foto208.com--all rights reserved.)
#18 Boise State
ran away from Idaho today in the Kibbie Dome, downing their Moscow
opponents 42-26 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Broncos rode the strong legs of Heisman
Trophy candidate Ian Johnson, who blitzed the Vandal secondary for 189 yards
and four touchdowns.
Johnson looked superb, showing patience, amazing bursts of
speed and instinctive running. Johnson,
who was listed fourth on CBS's web site in the Heisman race, has now run for
1,187 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
filled in for IJ to give the sophomore a break and picked up 39 yards on three
Senior Legedu Naanee
had one catch for the Broncos, but it was a big one. He hauled in the ball, gave a stiff arm to
his closest defender, and sprinted in for a 62-yard touchdown.
The rejuvenated Idaho team put forth a game effort for new
coach Dennis Erickson, who lost his first game against Boise State in Division
I-A. Erickson, who coached in Moscow
in his first head coaching job, had beaten the Broncos four times in I-AA
football more than twenty years ago.
Quarterback Steve Wichman connected on 24 of
46 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, but also suffered two
Haynes led the Vandals in receiving with six catches for 95 yards and a
The Broncos won for the eighth time this season without a
defeat while Idaho slips to an
even 4-4. Boise
State has a week off before a
nationally-televised encounter with archrival Fresno
State November 1st in
Bronco Stadium. Idaho
faces the meat of its schedule, going against Hawai'i,
Nevada and Fresno
State in succession.