NCAA Game Summary - San Jose State at Boise State|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: (21) Boise State 42, San Jose State 7
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Taylor Tharp completed 28-of-35 passes for 259
yards, with three touchdowns and an interception, and 21st-ranked Boise State
routed San Jose State, 42-7.
Jeremy Avery gained 56 yards on seven rushes with a score, and Ian Johnson
returned for the Broncos (8-1, 5-0 WAC) and rushed for two touchdowns. Austin
Pettis had seven grabs for 54 yards and two touchdowns for Boise State, which
has won seven straight after suffering its only loss of the season, 24-10 to
Washington on Sept. 8.
Adam Tafralis completed 11-of-19 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown for San
Jose State (3-6, 2-3), which has dropped three in a row after winning three
straight. Kevin Jurovich's four-yard touchdown catch was the only highlight
for the Spartans offense, which managed only 150 yards on the game, to the 434
that the Broncos gained.
Boise State used a trick punt return to get great field position on its first
possession of the second half. Marty Tadman fielded the punt from San Jose
State at his own 46-yard-line, ran to the right, then turned and threw across
the field to Orlando Scandrick, who raced 38 yards to the Spartans 16. Johnson
capitalized on the great special teams play, pounding into the end zone from
one yard out to put the Broncos ahead 28-7 with 11:11 left in the third
Tadman had a great return the conventional way later in the quarter, taking a
punt back 48 yards to the San Jose State 16. Again the Broncos turned great
field position into a touchdown, this time a five-yard touchdown pass from
Tharp to Pettis, and Boise State led 35-7.
"The two big returns to open the second half, with the trick play and then
Marty's good run, you can't ask for a better situation to put us down there
and only needing a few plays to punch it in," said Tharp.
Boise State added to its lead early in the fourth quarter. Johnson ran over
right tackle and in from two yards out, pushing the Broncos lead to 42-7 with
The Broncos marched 84 yards on 12 plays on the game's opening drive, looking
to set the tone early, but Titus Young, after catching a pass over the middle
at the San Jose State one-yard-line, fumbled just short of the end zone while
stretching for the goal line.
Avery broke through for a 37-yard scoring run early in the second quarter on a
direct snap, putting the Broncos on top.
Tharp went to the air for the next Broncos TD, a 44-yard strike over the
middle of the field to Ryan Putnam, and Boise State led 14-0 with 7:17
remaining in the half.
A Boise State pass interference penalty wiped off a Tadman interception,
and kept alive a San Jose State drive. The Spartans capitalized, as Tafralis
hit Jurovich for a four-yard scoring toss, cutting the deficit in half
with 1:29 to play in the half.
Austin Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards, setting the Broncos up at
the San Jose State 34-yard-line. Tharp marched Boise State right down the
field, hitting Pettis for a 12-yard touchdown pass, and boosted the
Broncos lead to 21-7 with just 34 seconds left before halftime.
"I thought he was as good as he has been all year," said Broncos head coach
Chris Peterson of Tharp. "He was on target, he knew exactly where he was going
and he fit a couple balls in there that were pin-point accurate."
The game was stopped early the fourth quarter when San Jose State defensive
tackle Justin Willis was hurt, and needed to be carted off the field in a
stretcher...Jacob French managed only 37 yards on 10 carries for San Jose
State...Boise State travels to Utah State on Nov. 10, and hosts Idaho on Nov.
17, before a showdown at No. 12 Hawaii on Nov. 23.
11/03 22:51:09 ET