(Friday, October 24th)
Final Score: (13) Boise State 33, San Jose State 16
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw for 244 yards and two scores on 26-of-40 passing, as 13th-ranked Boise State kept its BCS hopes alive with a 33-16 win over San Jose State.
Moore also had one interception, while Ian Johnson ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos (7-0, 3-0 WAC), who took sole possession of first place in the conference. San Jose State had been undefeated in WAC play coming into Friday's contest.
Boise State entered the contest ranked 12th in the BCS standings, and could move up depending on how teams above the Broncos fare on Saturday. Austin Pettis and Jeremy Childs each caught a touchdown for Boise State.
"We were having some success in the run game so we didn't have to throw as much," Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. "It's the same old story every week, if you have to just keep throwing it they're going to pin their ears back. If we had to throw it a bunch against these guys that's not a matchup we were liking."
Kyle Reed threw for 105 yards on 16-of-29 passing, without a touchdown or interception, as San Jose State (5-3, 3-1) managed just 207 total yards to Boise State's 393.
Brandon Rutley ran for 60 yards and a score in the loss for the Spartans.
"I think (that it's) not very complicated. They're better than us," San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey said. "We have to play really perfectly to beat them. We didn't, obviously. I think that the fact that we were in the game in the second half was a credit to grit and determination of our defense."
Boise State held a 20-9 lead at halftime, but saw San Jose State surge back early in the third quarter to make it a close game.
The Spartans took the ball at their own 16-yard line a little more than four minutes into the second half. The drive stalled almost immediately, but San Jose State benefited from a pass interference call on 3rd-and-10.
Reed completed a couple short passes before Rutley found a seam up the middle and dashed 60 yards into the end zone. With nine minutes still remaining in the third stanza, the Spartans drew within 20-16.
But Boise State answered with a long drive, and, in total, 13 unanswered points to close out the game. The Broncos' next drive took nearly six minutes, and resulted in a 39-yard field goal from Kyle Brotzman with 3:16 remaining.
The teams traded punts, and Boise State held a 23-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.
San Jose State threatened to tie the game on a drive early in the final quarter. Reed completed a 22-yard pass to Brian Elledge that got the ball near midfield, and the team advanced the ball into Boise State territory. But after catching a pass from Reed, Josh Harrison fumbled, giving Boise State the ball at its own 36 with a little more than 12 minutes left.
That resulted in a back-breaking drive that lasted more than six minutes and ended in another Brotzman kick -- this time from 31 yards away.
San Jose State trailed 26-16 and went three-and-out on its next possession, leading to a game-sealing 10-yard TD run from Johnson with 1:04 on the clock.
"We thought it would come down to the fourth quarter, everyone expected that; our guys were ready for that and they did a good job answering," Petersen said.
The Broncos got on the scoreboard first, as Moore connected with Pettis for a five-yard TD eight minutes into the game. The two-point conversion failed, however. Boise State had an opportunity to increase its lead after the Spartans punted, but Moore was intercepted by Justin Cole, who ran the ball back 62 yards for a TD. The kick failed, though, leaving the score at 6-6 heading into the second quarter.
Moore and Childs hooked up for an eight-yard TD connection early in the second quarter, and, after the Broncos got the ball back, Johnson capped a drive with a two-yard scoring run.
Jared Strubeck's 47-yard field goal with six seconds left in the half brought San Jose State within 20-9 at the break.
Boise State tallied 149 rushing yards on 48 attempts...The Broncos had a massive advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 39:26, compared to 20:34 for San Jose State...Each team was penalized 11 times.
10/25 02:46:43 ET