Broncos Bust Bulldogs 43-37 In Offensive Showdown
Updated Oct 4, 2003 23:36:48
Offensive firepower is seldom lacking whenever Boise State and Louisiana Tech get together.
Saturday proved to be no exception as Boise State outlasted Louisiana Tech 43-37 in Western Athletic Conference play before a crowd of 17,859 at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Louisiana Tech (2-3 overall, 0-2 WAC) led 23-16 at the half, but the Broncos busted out for 24 third-quarter points in a game featuring a combined 1,291 total net yards over the four-hour contest.
Boise State (4-1 overall, 1-0 WAC) totaled a team-record 732 total net yards, which is also a new record against a Louisiana Tech defensive unti. Tech toataled 559 offensive yards in the contest.
The Bulldogs and Broncos are always at the offensive best against each other with the two teams averaging over 33 points each entering Saturday's contest. Tech entered the game with a 4-1 series advantage and had averaged 38 points per game against the Broncos while Boise State had averaged 33.4 points per game against the Bulldogs.
Boise State has now won two straight against the Bulldogs after winning 38-34 last year in Idaho.
Broncos quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie connected on 40-of-60 attempted passes in the contest for 532 yards and three scores, setting new Boise State records for attempted and completed passes in a game.
Not to be outdone, Louisiana Tech quarterback Luke McCown hit on 29-of-56 pases for 437 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception.
Five receivers picked up over 100 receiving yards in the game, led by Boise State's Tim Gilligan, who set a BSU single game record with 16 catches for 255 yards, including a long catch of 76 yards.
Gilligan's 16 catches tied the record for opponent receptions against Louisiana Tech while Dinwiddie's 569 passing yards was the second-most ever against a Bulldog defensive unit.
D.J. Curry has now caught a pass in 27 consecutive games as he topped Tech receivers with nine receptions for 144 yards, including a long of 66 yards. Chris Norwood added nine receptions for 109 yards for the Bulldogs while Tech's Tramissian Davis hauled in three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Davis scored Tech's final two touchdowns as he pulled down a 73-yard score with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter to cut Boise State's lead to 33-30 before giving Tech dreams of a late comeback by hauling in a 19-yard scoring strike from backup quarterback Maxie Causey with 3:12 left to shrink the BSU lead to 43-37.
Causey entered the game for one play after McCown was stunned after scrambling for a 40-yard burst to set up the touchdown.
Boise State picked up a first down on the ensuing drive to help drain time off the clock before punting to give the Bulldogs the ball at their own 47 after Corey Brazil helped Tech with a 19-yard pubt return.
McCown returned for the final drive, throwing an incomplete pass in Curry's direction before being hit by Boise State's Paul Allen on the final play to end the game.
Both teams managed to move the ball on the ground as well as through the air with David Mikell totaling 99 yards on 24 carries for Boise State while Ryan Moats picked up 99 yards on eight carries for the Bulldogs.
Tech kicker Josh Scobee totaled 13 points on three field goals and four extra points to become the all-time kick scoring leader for the Bulldogs with 289 career points. Scobee also become Tech's third all-time leading overall scorer and now trails only Troy Edwards with 342 career points and Charles McDaniel with 313 career points.
The scoreboards heated up quickly in the contest as Scobee started things off with a 32-yard field goal at the 12:50 mark of the first quarter before Boise State moved out in front 7-3 on a 25-yard scoring pass from Dinwiddie for Tony McPherson.
Scobee followed with field goals for 47 and 24 yards before Boise State's Tyler Jones hit a 28-yard field goal to put the Broncos up on top 10-9 with 28 seconds left in the opening period.
But first quarter scoring wasn't done as Moats burst free on a 66-yard scoring scamper with nine seconds remaining as Tech moved out in front 16-10 after the hour-long period of play.
The scoring slowed in the second quarter as Boise State tied things up at 16-16 on a one-yard keeper by Dinwiddie followed by a missed extra point attempt.
Tech countered with a 21-yard scoring strike from McCown to Julius Cosby to build the six-point halftime advantage.
The Broncos heated up in the second half, scoring on a another one-yard plunge by Dinwiddie at the 13:30 mark of the quarter followed by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Dinwiddie to Trent Lundin to put BSU up 30-23.
BSU stretched the lead to 33-23 on a 30-yard goal from Jones before Davis pulled down his first scoring strike from McCown to cut the Bronco lead to 33-30.
Boise State added a fourth third-quarter score with 10 seconds remaining in the period as Dinwiddie lofted a three-yarder to Jerry Smith in the end zone to push the Broncos' lead to 40-30.
Louisiana Tech has now been outscored 51-10 in the third quarter on the season.
Jones added a 33-yard field goal to push the lead to 43-30 at the 10:38 mark of the final quarter before Davis and Tech tried to pull off the late comeback.
Louisiana Tech returns to action next Saturday as the Bulldogs play a 8 p.m. at the University of Texas-El Paso.
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