Scores

Final

Boise State 45

(6-1, 1-1 away)

Louisiana Tech 31

(2-5, 2-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

1 2 3 4 T
BSU 14 3 14 1445
LT 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: T. Tharp (BSU) - 328 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Porter (LT) - 13 CAR, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Childs (BSU) - 7 REC, 143 YDS, 2 TD

Boise St. 45, Louisiana Tech 31

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Taylor Tharp threw five touchdown passes to make up for the absence of Ian Johnson and Boise State defeated Louisiana Tech 45-31 Saturday night.

Johnson, who led the nation in scoring last season with 25 touchdowns, was injured last week against Nevada and did not travel to Ruston. Without him, Boise had 465 yards total offense.

The Broncos (6-1, 3-0) have lost only one Western Athletic Conference game since 2002.

The game went back and forth for 3 1/2 quarters, but a Tech fumble and Tharp's two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter ended any chance of an upset.

Tharp was 21-of-35 for 328 yards with two interceptions.

As the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3) were putting together a drive that might have tied the game in the fourth quarter, Orlando Scandrick stripped the ball from Joe Anderson on the Boise State 13.

Two plays later, Tharp connected with Jeremy Childs for an 83-yard touchdown to make it 38-24 with 6:38 left in the game.

Coming into the game, Tech's longest play from scrimmage was a 34-yard run by Patrick Jackson, but the Bulldogs made a few big plays that helped keep the game close.

The first was a 46-yard touchdown run by Jackson that tied the game at 7. Daniel Porter ran 74 yards for a touchdown -- the eighth-longest in school history -- to tie the score at 24.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
LT
1st Downs1826
Total Yards465463
Passing328255
Rushing137208
Penalties8-856-32
3rd Down Conversions6-144-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers24
Possession28:4331:17

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tharp21/353289.452
Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Champion24/422556.113

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Avery211105.2120
Harper12221.807
Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Porter1313110.1174
Jackson14684.9225

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Childs714320.4283
Avery47919.8127
Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Livas55010.0018
Mitchell44812.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSULT
TD08:59Jeremy Avery 25 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 84 yds, 4:42
70
TD01:57Patrick Jackson 7 Yd Run (Danny Horwedel Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 52 yds, 1:54
77
TD00:27Titus Young 39 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 63 yds, 1:30
147
SECOND QUARTERBSULT
TD13:05Patrick Jackson 25 Yd Run (Danny Horwedel Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:22
1414
FG06:18Kyle Brotzman 21 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 42 yds, 2:30
1714
FG00:45Danny Horwedel 19 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 69 yds, 5:33
1717
THIRD QUARTERBSULT
TD10:21Jeremy Avery 20 Yd Run (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 44 yds, 1:37
2417
TD10:03Daniel Porter 74 Yd Run (Danny Horwedel Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 74 yds, :18
2424
TD04:37Austin Pettis 8 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 5:26
3124
FOURTH QUARTERBSULT
TD06:38Jeremy Childs 83 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 88 yds, 1:27
3824
TD03:34Jeremy Childs 27 Yd Pass From Taylor Tharp (Kyle Brotzman Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 36 yds, 1:32
4524
TD01:29Brian Jackson 16 Yd Pass From Zac Champion (Danny Horwedel Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 62 yds, 2:05
4531