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Forsey (3 TDs) at home powering Broncos' win

12/31/2002

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A cold, wet and dreary morning turned into a
delightful afternoon for Boise State.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A cold, wet and dreary morning turned into a
delightful afternoon for Boise State.

The weather didn't improve, but it hardly mattered to the
Broncos (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) as they beat Iowa State 34-16 Tuesday in the Humanitarian
Bowl.

"The conditions were kind of tough in the first half, but later
on they didn't become a factor,'' said Brock Forsey, who ran for
three touchdowns to lead the Broncos. "In fact, we played
better.''

Forsey, who scored on runs of 4, 2 and 9 yards, finished the
season with 32 touchdowns, the second-highest season total in
Division I-A. Barry Sanders has the record with 39 for Oklahoma
State in 1988.

With temperatures in the low 40s and a steady rain falling, the
conditions were hardly typical for a bowl game. It didn't
discourage 30,446 fans, nearly all of whom showed up to cheer on
the Broncos (12-1).

Boise State won its third Humanitarian Bowl in four seasons. The
Broncos also won it in 2000 and 1999. The Western Athletic
Conference champions went 7-0 at home this season.

Bobby Hammer was voted MVP of the game after he had 10 tackles,
including three for a loss.

"It was a dream season. Can't describe it right now,'' Hammer
said. "We set goals high. But we wanted to do more than set them.
We wanted to achieve them.''

The Cyclones (7-7), who opened the season at 6-1 and reached the
top 10 for the first time in school history, had a 1-6 finish.

"It was not a disappointment to me. It would be only if you let
it be,'' Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace said.

Wallace hyperextended his knee in the first quarter and missed a
couple of series. The Cyclones' offense never recovered.

"We had a good stretch of games,'' Wallace said. "I don't know
if we ran out of gas or what. We just didn't have the fire we did
in the first part of the season.''

Boise State scored at least 34 points in each of its victories
this season. The Broncos needed only half that as they shut down
Iowa State.

Wallace, the Cyclone quarterback who was an early Heisman Trophy
contender, had been averaging 268.6 yards of total offense. He had
190 Tuesday, most of it coming after Boise State already had taken
command.

Iowa State's loss dropped Big 12 Conference teams to 3-3 in bowl
games with No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 9 Texas still to play.

Three Iowa State starters were ruled ineligible for the game
because of low grades. They might not have been much help as the
Cyclones battled a boisterous crowd in Bronco Stadium all day.

"We expect our kids to hold up whoever's in the lineup,'' Iowa
State coach Dan McCarney said. "We've got plenty of guys on our
team. Plenty of depth and plenty of players on our team that could
play better and should play better.''

The crowd was at its loudest to start the second half with the
Broncos trailing 10-7.

Boise State forced Iowa State into going three-and-out on the
Cyclones' first four possessions of the second half, and the
Broncos capitalized with two touchdowns to take a lead they would
not relinquish.

Ryan Dinwiddie completed passes of 11, 17 and 16 yards to Billy
Wingfield before Forsey scored from 2 yards to make it 14-10,
ending a quick drive that started at the Boise State 46.

After a punt set up the Broncos at their own 49, Lou Fanucchi
took a reverse 25 yards to help set up Dinwiddie's 1-yard TD run
that put the Broncos up 21-10 with 4 minutes left in the third.

Forsey, who had 24 carries for 78 yards, added a 9-yard TD run
in the fourth quarter and Dinwiddie threw a 3-yard TD pass to
Fanucchi with 27 seconds left in the game. Dinwiddie was 17-for-32
for 160 yards and ran for a touchdown.

"We probably there at the end could have taken a knee and been
good, but that's not the way we play football around here,'' Boise
State coach Dan Hawkins said. "That's not our deal. We're going to
attack. We're going to keep going.''

Wallace missed two series after getting hit on the left knee in
the first quarter as the Cyclones drove to the Boise State 13.
Backup Cris Love and the Cyclone offense went backward on the first
two plays, and Iowa State settled for a 30-yard field goal by Adam
Benike.

By the time Wallace returned, the Broncos had taken a 7-3 lead
on a 4-yard run by Forsey. Iowa State regained the lead on a 6-yard
touchdown pass from Wallace to Jamaul Montgomery with 2:29 left in
the half.

"I felt all right. I just went out and tried to do what I
could,'' Wallace said.