Austin Pettis keyed a 41-point Boise State run with three touchdown receptions as the Broncos ran away from Idaho 58-14 this afternoon in Bronco Stadium. A dream matchup in the WAC between two Top 20 teams is set for the day after Thanksgiving between Boise State and Hawai'i.
#15 Boise State broke open a close game with 41
consecutive points to stymie Idaho 58-14 this afternoon in Bronco
Stadium. Taylor Tharp, one of 18 seniors
saluted prior to kickoff, threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns to lead the
attack. Tharp was 22-of-31 and still is
in line to set the all-time career completion percentage record at Boise State. Tharp tossed a 58-yarder to freshman Titus Young to put the Broncos up 38-14 and they were not threatened after that.
Ian Johnson led the
running game with 109 yards and two scores on 21 carries for Coach Chris Petersen's team.
Idaho proved to be a game opponent,
scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter to cut the lead to 17-14. The Broncos responded with a touchdown just
before halftime, and then through some halftime adjustments put the game away
in the second half.
Freshman Austin Pettis
had his best game as a Bronco with eight catches for 139 yards and three
touchdowns. Sophomore Jeremy Childs
hauled in seven receptions for 84 yards and is now just two behind the all-time
Bronco season record. Childs has 74
catches with two games to play and is behind only Mike Wilson who had 76
catches in 1992.
Idaho's Nathan Enderle
was 8-of-23 for 182 yards. Deonte Jackson, the first
Vandal running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark since 2003, rushed for 58
yards and a score in the first half. He saw limited carries in the second half
and finished with 84 yards.
Boise State advanced to 10-1 on the season
(7-0 in the Western Athletic Conference) with the win while Idaho slipped to 1-10 and 0-7. The Bronco win sets up a showdown vs. #12 Hawai'i next Friday in Honolulu for the WAC title.