Tech matched the Broncos score for score until the two teams hit 24, when Boise State pulled away. With the Broncos leading 31-24, Tharp fired a pass to the sideline to Childs, who shedded his defender and raced into the end zone untouched. The much-maligned Bronco defense came up with three huge plays to salt the game away--first an interception by linebacker Dallas Dobbs and then a strip by Orlando Scandrick and finally an interception by Scandrick. Scandrick's forced fumble occurred just prior to the aerial excitement via Tharp and Childs.
Tharp was 21-of-35 passing for 328 yards for Boise State. Jeremy Avery, filling in for the injured Ian Johnson, topped 100 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns for the Broncos. The Broncos became bowl-eligible for the ninth consecutive season with tonight's win.
Boise State heads into next week's key clash with rival Fresno State with a 6-1 record, 3-0 in the Western Athletic conference, while Louisiana Tech slips to 2-5, 1-3 in league play.