(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: (9) Boise State 61, Fresno State 10
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Senior running back Ian Johnson put the finishing touches on Boise State's undefeated regular season with 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as the ninth-ranked Broncos scored 51 unanswered points to cruise to a 61-10 drubbing of the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Kellen Moore passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-23 efficiency for Boise State (12-0, 8-0 WAC), which had already wrapped up its fifth Western Athletic Conference title and remained one of just four Football Bowl Subdivision programs without a loss.
"I honestly think this was the perfect way to end a great season," Johnson said. "We started the season off with high hopes. We haven't finished things as well as we've liked to throughout the season. It just goes to show how much this team really has learned."
Jeremy Avery rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, while Jeremy Childs, Julian Hawkins and Tommy Gallarda each caught a TD in the lopsided victory.
The Broncos, whose 13-0 record in 2006 included a thrilling Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma, will likely be on the short end of the stick in terms of making another big-time bowl, as they currently sit No. 9 in the BCS rankings.
Tom Brandstater threw two costly interceptions in the second half and finished with 211 yards on 23-of-37 passes for Fresno State (7-5, 4-4), which lost three of five games to end a mediocre regular season.
Damion Owens accounted for the lone Bulldogs touchdown on an interception return.
After a lackluster opening 30 minutes, the Broncos stormed out of the locker room with 28 third-quarter points that extended their 13-10 halftime lead.
On their first touch, Moore hit four short targets to get into Bulldogs territory, and Avery took a handoff 43 yards straight up the gut to paydirt.
FSU then punted to Kyle Wilson, who controlled the ball on the right hash mark at his own 10-yard line, pivoted to the left and bolted nearly untouched down the sideline for the 90-yard score.
Brandstater was then picked off on two straight pass attempts and BSU wasted no time piling up the points. After the first pick, Tanyon Bissell found a wide open Hawkins for a 35-yard touchdown on an end-around pass at the 6:14 mark, and Gallarda hauled in a 16-yard TD just a minute later for a commanding 41-10 score.
Johnson, whose two-point conversion run capped the memorable victory over the Sooners two seasons ago, set up his four-yard touchdown run five seconds into the final quarter with a 69-yard scamper.
Johnson's second TD, this time from a yard out, with 6:40 left in the game tied the all-time mark for rushing touchdowns in WAC history with 57, matching San Diego State great Marshall Faulk.
The extra point was blocked, but D.J. Harper tacked on a 10-yard TD run with 4 1/2 minutes left.
"The season has been great all year because these kids are so awesome to coach," Broncos head coach Chris Petersen said. "They keep listening. Everything we tell them they buy into. They practice hard and they prepare really well. They're just a lot of fun to be around."
The Bulldogs got on the board first when Owens stepped in front of a deep pattern along with left sideline, picked off Bush Hamdan, who got the start on Senior Day, and sprinted 68 yards for a touchdown 4:23 into the game.
A nice kickoff return set up the Broncos at their own 49, and six plays later Childs knotted the game, 7-7, on a nine-yard TD reception.
After having a field goal blocked, the Broncos moved the ball with ease early in the second quarter and Avery's 29-yard grab gave them 1st-and-goal from the seven. But a short gain and two incompletions forced the hosts to settle for Kyle Brotzman's 28-yard kick through the uprights at the 8:22 mark.
The teams traded field goals later in the second, as Kevin Goessl's 21-yarder tied the score only to have Brotzman's 46-yarder take the lead right back for a 13-10 lead heading into the break.
"[The Broncos] are an excellent football team," Fresno State head coach Pat Hill said. "We thought we were in it going into the third quarter and the thing just got out of control. I've never had a game get out of control like that."
BSU has now won the WAC crown six of the last seven seasons. The Broncos have won 19 straight regular-season home games and have topped conference opponents in 38 consecutive home meetings...Boise State holds a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series against FSU...Marlon Moore led the Bulldogs with nine catches for 70 yards...Boise State out-rushed the Bulldogs, 246-83.
11/29 01:13:53 ET