Updated Nov 17, 2002 16:26:55
Dawgs Fall to Boise State, 36-10
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 36-10 win over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at Broncos Stadium.
With the victory, Boise State clinched at least a tie for the 2002 Western Athletic Conference championship title and improved to 10-1 overall, 7-0 in league play. The Bulldogs (3-7, 2-4) lost for the seventh straight time on the road this season.
Tech entered the contest as a heavy underdog but found itself leading 10-7 with just over one minute remaining before the half. However, Dinwiddie found wide receiver Jay Swillie on a 25-yard pass play over the middle as the Broncos entered the halftime locker room with a 14-10 lead and the momentum despite a valiant effort by the Bulldogs defense.
"I was so proud of our defense against such an explosive offense," Bicknell said. "I thought we played hard and never gave up. Boise State is a very good football team right now. We had opportunities in the first half. We just didn't make the plays. I felt like we could have been ahead at halftime, but again we are playing an excellent football team."
After a three and out on the Bulldogs first possession of the third quarter, Boise State manufactured a 12-play, 55-yard scoring drive which was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Brock Forsey. Nick Calaycay's extra point made it 21-10 Broncos at the 6:51 mark of the second half.
A holding penalty on the ensuing kickoff pushed Tech back inside its 10-yard line and on third down, McCown was sacked for a safety and a 23-10 Boise State lead.
The Broncos appeared ready to put the game away late in the third quarter as they drove deep inside Tech territory. However, on a second down and goal play, Dinwiddie's incomplete swing pass to Forsey appeared to be a lateral as Tech recovered the football and appeared to have scored a defensive touchdown.
However, officials ruled it a forward pass, and the Bulldogs would-be touchdown was taken away. The Bulldogs defense managed to hold, tackling Dinwiddie on a fourth down and goal play on the Tech three-yard line.
Trailing 23-10, Tech drove down inside the Boise State 35-yard line when McCown overthrew Chris Norwood on an apparent touchdown. The following fourth down pass was incomplete as Boise State took over the football.
The Broncos sealed the win when Dinwiddie threw his third touchdown pass of the game and his second to Swillie.
"It's very disappointing," Bicknell said. "We just can't seem to get the breaks we need to beat a team of this caliber. It's very disappointing."
McCown finished the afternoon, completing 30 of 47 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Norwood led all Tech receivers with 11 receptions for 136 yards, both setting new career highs.
McCown moved into second place in the Tech record books in both career passing yards with 9,105 and total offensive yards with 9,242 yards.
The first half turned into a defensive affair for both teams. After McCown threw an interception on the Bulldogs first offensive possession deep in Boise State territory, the Broncos responded. On second down from their three, Dinwiddie hit Lou Fanucchi for a 97-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.
A Josh Scobee 37-yard field goal cut the Boise State lead to 7-3 following one quarter and that's where the score remained until late in the second quarter when McCown found Erick Franklin for a 29-yard touchdown pass at the 1:27 mark.
One of the bright spots on the afternoon was the Bulldogs defense against Boise State running back Brock Forsey, who finished the afternoon with only 71 yards on 21 carries after entering the contest with over 1,200 yards and 18 rushing scores.
"Anytime you play a running back like Forsey, you had better be focused on him," Bicknell said. "That's what we wanted to do, stop the run. We felt like if we could stop the run, we could stop them."
Tech returns to action next Saturday when the Bulldogs host UTEP at 2 p.m. at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.