BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Record-setting quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie is
gone and star running back Brock Forsey is in his second year in
the NFL, but Boise State's high-scoring offense looks just as
potent with Jared Zabransky calling plays.
Zabransky rushed for three touchdowns and threw for 234 yards in
his debut as Boise State's starting quarterback and Lee Marks
rushed for 106 yards as the Broncos routed archrival Idaho 65-7 in
the opening game for both teams Saturday night.
"We don't have the Dinwiddies and Forseys anymore, but we still
have guys who can step up for us," said Boise State coach Dan
Hawkins. "Lee Marks had a great game and Zabransky played well in
his first start. Playing in a packed stadium and going against our
rivals, I think he did a good job, and when he settles in, he's
going to be just fine."
It was a disappointing debut for Vandal coach Nick Holt, who saw
his team lose to BSU for the sixth straight year.
"It was ugly. We were sloppy, and that was my worst fear
because our tackling wasn't good. It shows we have a lot of work to
do. We will have to learn from this," " he said.
Added Vandal quarterback Michael Harrington, "Everything that
could go wrong did go wrong. They're a good football team, but
we're a good football team, too."
Zabransky completed 11 of 16 passes and Chris Carr returned a
punt 62 yards as Boise State won its 12th straight game overall and
its 19th in a row at home. The Broncos home winning streak is
currently the longest in Division 1.
Zabransky scored on a 2-yard plunge and two 1-yard runs in the
opening quarter to stake the Broncos to a 21-0 lead. Tyler Jones
added a 26-yard field goal and Quinton Jones added a 27-yard TD run
late in the second quarter to give Boise State a 31-0 lead at
Brad Lau, Jon Helmandollar and Antwaun Carter scored short
touchdown runs for BSU in the second half and Brett Denton added an
11-yard TD run late in the game as Boise State improved its home
record to 33-1 since the start of the 1999 season.
Boise State amassed 572 yards total offense while the Bronco
defense limited Idaho to 212 total yards.
Idaho averted a shutout in Nick Holt's coaching debut when
Jayson Bird raced 71 yards for a touchdown with 1:20 left.
The game drew a crowd of 30,944, the largest in state history.