8:00 PM ET, September 21, 2005
Bronco Stadium, BOISE, ID
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 quarterback."
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 answers."
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 score.
"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 into gear."
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||11-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-2|
|FG||8:32||ANTHONY MONTGOMERY 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||2:48||ANTHONY MONTGOMERY 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||11:59||STEVE SANDERS 8 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||11:45||LEE MARKS 92 YD KICK RETURN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)||6||13|
|TD||5:41||DEREK SCHOUMAN 12 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||1:34||JARED ZABRANSKY 9 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||10:12||JARED ZABRANSKY 1 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||4:41||ANTWAUN CARTER 10 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||12:06||JARED ZABRANSKY 1 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||9:30||STEVE SANDERS 25 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||3:47||RUBEN RUIZ 3 YD PASS FROM OMAR JACOBS (JOSEF TIMCHENKO KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yards.