BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise State decided ball control was the
best way to slow Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs.
Pounding away with their running game, the Broncos never let
Jacobs get into a rhythm, and Boise State extended the nation's
longest home winning streak to 26 games with a 48-20 win over
Bowling Green on Wednesday night.
Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky rushed for three
touchdowns and threw for another, and the Broncos' defense
frustrated Jacobs into one of his worst games since he became the
starter at the beginning of the 2004 season.
Considered a long-shot Heisman candidate, Jacobs completed 18 of
36 passes for 220 yards, including 71 in the fourth quarter. He had
never completed less than 58 percent of his passes, and his career
low in yardage, 218, came in his first start at Oklahoma.
Jacobs opened the season with 458 yards against Wisconsin and
428 versus Ball State, with five TDs in each game. He threw two
fourth-quarter TDs against Boise State's reserves.
"I was off the whole night," Jacobs said. "It was probably
one of my worst games I ever played in college."
While the Falcons (1-2) never got started, Boise State (1-2)
couldn't be stopped.
The Broncos' starters scored on eight of 10 possessions and were
stopped only by a fumble on fourth down and halftime. Boise State
had 499 total yards at the end of the third quarter and didn't punt
until the 8:26 mark of the fourth quarter.
Boise State avoided falling to 0-3 for the first time in its
history as a four-year school, rebounding from a 48-13 loss at
Georgia and a 30-27 setback at Oregon State. Boise State was a
junior college until 1968.
"Sometimes you have to go through the valley of death to
appreciate your good fortune," Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said.
"[The defense] did a tremendous job against Jacobs. That's a great
The Broncos controlled play with their running attack, and
finished with 34 first downs. They ran 33 more plays and held more
than a 15-minute advantage in time of possession. Freshman Ian
Johnson rushed for 85 yards and senior Lee Marks added 80 yards, as
the Broncos piled up 337 yards rushing.
Zabransky was 16-of-23 for 202 yards and added 64 yards rushing.
"We did a great job wearing the defense down," Zabransky said.
"That was our goal. We felt like if we could run successfully on
these guys we could beat them."
Bowling Green had trouble getting its potent spread offense onto
the field, and in turn, Jacobs never found a rhythm. The Falcons
ran just eight plays in the first quarter, gaining only 3 yards and
going three-and-out on both possessions.
"They completely dominated us," Bowling Green coach Gregg
Brandon said. "We were totally outcoached in every phase of the
game. It was embarrassing.
"This is the first time since I've been here that we had no
Still, it was tied at 6-all early in the second quarter after
Jacobs found Steve Sanders for a 12-yard touchdown pass. On the
ensuing kickoff, Marks made one cut and went nearly untouched along
the sideline in front of the Bowling Green bench for a 92-yard
"There is an advantage to being 5-foot-7," Marks said with a
chuckle. "I don't think they saw me until I sprung loose."
Six minutes later, Zabransky directed a nine-play, 66-yard
drive, throwing the ball just twice. He capped the drive by rolling
out to the right and throwing left to a wide-open Derek Schouman
for a 12-yard score.
Zabransky capped off the half with a 9-yard TD run with 1:34
left, leaping into two defenders at the goal line. He added a pair
of 1-yard TD runs in the second half.
Anthony Montgomery kicked field goals of 21 and 36 yards in the
first quarter, following 13- and 14-play drives by the Broncos.
"It was a little frustrating because we had two great drives
but only six points," Hawkins said. "That return kicked us back
Boise State safety Cam Hall made his first appearance of the
season late in the first quarter, breaking up a pass from Jacobs.
Hall, who was charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter
in the offseason and was suspended for the Broncos' first two
games, received a warm ovation when his name was announced.