BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Nevada coach Chris Ault gambled on a pair of
fourth-down and short-yardage plays inside Boise State's red zone
Saturday but found out the Broncos run the table on their home
"We've been very good on third-and-one and fourth-and-one
plays, but it's a tribute to Boise that they did such a good job"
said Ault, whose Wolf Pack lost to Boise State 49-14 Saturday. "If
we had it to do again we'd still do it because we felt we had to
Bronco sophomore safety Marty Tadman made two interceptions and
a clutch fourth-down stop as Boise State (6-2, 3-1 Western Athletic
Conference) won its sixth straight game and extended Division I-A's
longest current home winning streak to 29 games. The Broncos also
notched their 30th straight league win and sixth straight victory
over the Wolf Pack (4-3, 3-1).
"Were progressing and still learning how to play together,"
said Tadman. "We knew their quarterback was going to scramble."
Tadman made the first of four Bronco fourth-down stops in the
game when he tackled Nevada's league-leading rusher, senior B.J.
Mitchell, for no gain on fourth-and-one from Boise State's
5-yard-line with 3:44 left in the first quarter.
"I wasn't running as hard as I should have," Mitchell said. He
came into the game leading the WAC with an average of 101 yards per
game but was held to 65 yards on 20 carries Saturday.
Tadman made the first of five Bronco interceptions in the game
when he picked off Nevada junior quarterback Jeff Rowe at the Boise
State 20-yard-line on the next Wolf Pack possession. Nevada drove
52 yards on its next series to Boise's 8-yard-line and Ault again
chose to go for it on fourth-down-and-three, but Rowe was sacked by
Boise State's Chris Barrios and Mike Dominguez with 4:57 left in
the half, one of five sacks he took in the game.
Rowe was benched with 7:07 left in the game after Rashaad
Richards intercepted a Nevada pass in the end zone and returned it
76 yards to Nevada's 24-yard-line.
"There's no question he got rattled and, quite naturally, I'm
concerned," said Ault.
Bronco junior quarterback Jared Zabransky ran for one touchdown
and threw for three scores while senior Antawn Carter rushed for
two more TDs as the Broncos moved into 16th place for the all-time
longest home winning streak in college football.
After Boise State went up 21-0, Nevada got on the scoreboard
with 2:10 left in the first half when Rowe found junior receiver
Caleb Spencer for a 43-yard touchdown pass. The Wolf Pack didn't
score again until junior Robert Hubbard ran for a 4-yard touchdown
with 35 seconds left in the game.