``That's one thing I would advise a team coming in here not to do on the blue,'' Boise State quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie said. ``They awoke a sleeping dragon.''
Dinwiddie and his teammates took it out on the Spartans, setting a Boise State record for points in a 77-14 win in a Western Athletic Conference mismatch. It was the second-worst defeat in SJSU history and the most points given up by any NCAA Division I-A team this season.
``I'd rather not comment about it,'' Boise State Coach Dan Hawkins said about the incident. ``But it caught our attention, I'll say that.''
While backing up to field a practice punt, Jamall Broussard crossed the 50-yard line while standing on the horse-head logo that stretches between the 45-yard lines. Soon other Spartans were jumping up and down on the logo, which enraged the Boise State players.
``I caught a punt and spiked it down,'' Broussard said. ``I guess matters escalated. There almost was a fight between both teams.''
Three years ago, Owens twice raced to midfield to dance on the star logo at Texas Stadium after catching touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas safety George Teague raced over to literally protect his turf during the second demonstration and blind-sided Owens, who was later fined $24,294 and suspended for a game by his own coach, Steve Mariucci.
What Owens did carried far more magnitude than this untelevised contest. Treading on the painted Bronco mane won't be played over and over on ESPN, that's for sure. But giving Boise State a psychological edge on top of all the other edges didn't, in retrospect, seem wise.
The Broncos (7-1, 4-0) already were 26-point favorites over the Spartans (2-5, 1-3), and the spread was more than doubled.
Dinwiddie is sort of a wild guy, himself, which is the reason he's not featured on the cover of the media guide. The senior from Elk Grove has been suspended twice in his college career, most recently for the entire spring after breaking unspecified team rules.
But there's no doubting Dinwiddie's talents. The winner of three of the past four WAC offensive player of the week awards, Dinwiddie torched the Spartans for a career-best five touchdowns through the air and added a short TD run. Dinwiddie found the empty middle of the SJSU pass defense for 350 yards, completing 17 of 28 throws. His afternoon finished before the third quarter did.
Backups took over. Redshirt freshman Jared Zabransky, the heir apparent to Dinwiddie, connected on a 77-yard pass to Jerry Smith late in the third quarter to make it 70-14. Another backup, Michael Sanford, led the Broncos on their last touchdown drive, a 74-yard march giving Boise State 77 points, four more than the previous high this season scored by Texas A&M against Baylor.
Things seemed to move too fast for San Jose State, whose worst defeat was 79-0 to the Stanford freshmen in 1923.
In this game, the Spartans were down 47-0 late in the second quarter before scoring their first touchdown and trailed 63-7 when they scored their second.
Both SJSU touchdowns were passes from quarterback Scott Rislov, who was 25 of 40 with no interceptions, the Spartans' little bright spot.