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.
amassed 505 yards of total
offense to put away Louisiana Tech 45-35 in
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,"
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.
is 9-0 for the fourth time in six years.
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.
's response was to lead
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.
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.
'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
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
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
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,
stopped one Tech drive with an interception and safety Jeron Johnson had 12
tackles to pace the defense.
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
for #1 in the nation in
scoring. The Broncos lead the
Longhorns by 39 points and now average 41.6 points a game.
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.
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
. 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.
is now 4-0 in WAC play and faces
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
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