Boise State Outpoints Louisiana Tech 45-35

Boise State played one of its better games in Ruston, Louisiana, jumping to a 27-7 first-half lead and then holding off the determined Bulldogs 45-35 for their fourth straight WAC win.

Boise State amassed 505 yards of total offense to put away Louisiana Tech 45-35 in Ruston last night for the Broncos' ninth consecutive victory.

Kellen Moore's passing and Jeremy Avery's running proved to be the difference as the offensive firepower was too much for the homestanding Bulldogs.  Moore, the nation's #1 passer, threw for a career high 354 yards (28-41) and three touchdowns and Avery rushed for 146 yards and a key 44-yard touchdown to propel the Broncos to the win.

Tech had pulled within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on a highlight reel catch in the end zone by Dennis Morris.  "We know we are going to have people's best shots," Moore said.  Moore and Boise State answered that threat with a long drive culminating in a clutch 12-yard pass and catch from Moore to Austin Pettis and Avery motored in from 44-yards out three minutes later to ensure the victory.

Boise State is 9-0 for the fourth time in six years.  Boise State has scored no fewer than 45 points in each of its four conference games this season.  The Broncos have scored in double digits in 51 consecutive games.

After trailing 27-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half, keyed by a 75-yard interception return by Josh Victorian. 

Moore 's response was to lead Boise State on a 15-yard drive capped by Kyle Brotzman's third field goal of the game to go ahead 30-14.  Louisiana Tech, held without a first down since early in the first quarter, finally got untracked and quarterback Ross Jenkins' nine-yard scamper made it 30-21.  Tech coach Derek Dooley rolled the dice on the ensuing onside kick attempt and kicker Matt  Nelson recovered his own kick.  Jenkins hit Morris with a 36-yard pass over the middle to the Bronco 12.  The two hooked up two plays later when Morris made a sensational catch in the end zone to put the Bulldogs within two at 30-28. 

Neither team could convert on their next series but after the Bronco defense clamped down to force a punt, Moore tossed a 40-yard pass to tight end Kyle Efaw, setting up the 12-yard pass to Pettis for the score.  Boise State stopped Tech on a fourth-and-six from its own 44, and Avery made them pay by cutting around the right end and breaking tackles to race to the end zone and put the game out of reach.

Tech managed a late score but never threatened after that.

Moore 's three TD passes gave him 27 this year, topping the 25 he had as a freshman.  Titus Young had eight catches for 110 and a 40-yard touchdown while the ever-reliable Pettis grabbed nine passes for 105 yards and the clutch touchdown.  Young and Pettis each collected their third 100-yard receiving game of the season, the second time this year that the pair as achieved the feat.  Pettis (115 yards) and Young (114) both went over the 100-yard mark against Miami of Ohio.

Bronco receivers have achieved dual 100-yard receiving games six times in the last seven seasons and three of those have come against Louisiana Tech.  Tim Gilligan (255 yards) and Lawrence Bady (102) combined to destroy the Bulldog secondary in 2003, Bady (173), Smith (151) and T.J. Acree (110) confused SMU later in 2003, Bady (108 yards) and Acree (102) teamed up against Tech in 2004 and Vinny Perretta and Pettis scored dual 100-yard games in the Nevada game of 2008.

 Pettis has now caught a pass in 33 straight games, has caught multiple passes in 17 straight games and has found the end zone in each of Boise State's nine games this season.  Pettis is now all alone for third place in the Bronco record books with 25 career receiving touchdowns.  Pettis passed former Bronco stars Mike Holton (1972-1976) and Terry Hutt (1973-1977) and moved into a tie with Jay Swillie (1999-2002) and Eric Andrade (1983-1987) for fifth all-with 140 career receptions.  Pettis is now tied with Rodney Smith (1997), Ryan Ikebe (1994) and John Smith (1975) for fourth place with 10 TD catches this season.  

Senior Richie Brockel caught a two-yard pass for a score in the first half and Kyle Wilson set up a two-yard run by Doug Martin with a thrilling 59-yard punt return.  Tight end Kyle Efaw had four catches for 70 yards.  Byron Hout and Billy Winn each had sacks, Wilson stopped one Tech drive with an interception and safety Jeron Johnson had 12 tackles to pace the defense.  Boise State held Louisiana Tech to just 250 yards of offense on the night.

Jenkins finished 10-of-19 for 114 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Daniel Porter gained 92 yards and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Bulldog ground game.  Morris finished with five receptions for 78 yards and the touchdown. 

With another 40-point plus outburst, Boise State has passed Texas for #1 in the nation in scoring.  The Broncos lead the Longhorns by 39 points and now average 41.6 points a game.    

Moore now has 5, 745 career passing yards in less than two seasons, eclipsing Jim McMillan (5,508) for fifth place.  The Bronco sophomore also passed early Bronco greats Eric Guthrie (670) and McMillan (640) for fifth in career attempts.  Moore now has 673 and is just 19 shy of Jared Zabransky's 692.  His 27 TD passes this season also passes Tony Hilde (1994) for sixth place in the Bronco record books.

Brotzman's three field goals allowed him to pass Tyler Jones (2001-2004) for #2 all-time at Boise State .  Brotzman needs just three more to tie the school record held by Mike Black (1988-1991).  Brotzman is just four extra points shy of Jones (156) for second in that category as well.

Boise State is now 4-0 in WAC play and faces Idaho next Saturday afternoon in Bronco Stadium.  Louisiana Tech fell to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in conference.

The Broncos have broken their school record for victories in an eight-year period with 89 and are now two short of the modern record of 91 that is held by Nebraska (1993-2000).

Coach Petersen's team is now tied or #1 for the best record over the last two seasons (21-1), three seasons (31-4), four seasons (44-4), nine seasons (97-15), 10 seasons (107-17), 11 seasons (117-20), 12 seasons (123-25), 13 seasons (127-32) and is tied for the most wins over five seasons (53) and eight seasons (89).

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