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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 quarter.

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 10:05 left.

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."

Game Notes

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

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