Coach Chris Petersen's team clinched its sixth Western Athletic Conference title in the last seven years.
The talented Wolf Pack came
into the game #1 in the country with a 325 yards per game average on the ground.
They rung up 224 against Texas Tech and 182 vs.
Nevada proved to be the toughest opponent so far this season for the Broncos. The Wolf Pack nearly forced another overtime thriller (ala 69-67 last year), but a Collin Kaepernick pass was batted down in the end zone as time expired. Oregon played a tough game early in the season against Boise State, but the Broncos ran out the clock for a 35-32 win.
Freshman Kellen Moore led the Bronco offense with the first 400-yard passing performance of his young career (414 yards and three touchdowns). Moore completed 29 of 48 passes while Austin Pettis caught nine for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Vinny Perretta caught five for 126 yards. Pettis climbed to 7th all-time for single season touchdowns with nine, tying several players including teammate Jeremy Childs. Mike Holton (1974) is the school record holder with 13.
Leading receiver Childs was held to three catches but was able to move to fourth place on the all-time career receptions list at Boise State with 142 catches, passing Jay Swillie (1999-2002) and Eric Andrade (1983-84/86-87) in the process. Mike Wilson is directly in front of Childs with 159, while Don Hutt holds the school record of 189. The Hutt mark is one of the longest-standing records at Boise State.
Ian Johnson enjoyed one of his best games of the season that featured a strong burst
through the middle of the Pack defense that resulted in a tackle-breaking
66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Johnson TD proved to be
the game-winner for the Broncos.
passed for 241 yards and a touchdown and ran for 70 yards for Nevada (6-5, 4-3
WAC), which got the ball back with 1:34 left in the game near midfield and moved
to Boise's 26 on Kaepernick's 28-yard pass to Chris Wellington with 28 seconds
remaining. But a delay of game penalty pushed the Wolf Pack back,
Kaepernick's next three passes fell incomplete and on fourth-and-13, cornerbacks
Brandyn Thompson and Kyle Wilson knocked down his pass to Mark Mitchell and the
win was preserved.
Bronco defense not only shut down the #1 running team in America but also was
superb in passing defense. Kaepernick entered the game completing 58
percent of his passes, but connected on only 19 of 50 attempts on Saturday.
by 21, the Wolf Pack intercepted
the next series, Mike Williams sacked
passed 53 yards to Wellington then hit Mitchell for a 9-yard touchdown on fourth
down to make it 41-31 with 4:36 to play and Nevada linebacker Jared Siva-Purcell
recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Wolf Pack 41.
scrambled 24 yards to
tried another onside kick but Pettis went high in the air to grab the ball at
State now readies for Senior Day and a clash with rival Fresno State, set for
Friday afternoon at 4 in Bronco Stadium. The game is already a sellout and
represents the first time the Broncos have closed at home in seven years.
The WAC showdown will be televised nationally on ESPN2.