WAC & UH OPPONENTS
Boise cruises early, holds on late to beat San Jose
BOISE, Idaho » Jared Zabransky ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Boise State held off a late rally by San Jose State to win 38-21 last night in Bronco Stadium, extending the nation's longest current home winning streak to 28 games.
The junior quarterback also engineered a nine-play, 84-yard drive with 6:46 left to help Boise State (4-2, 2-0) answer the Spartans' 14 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter.
San Jose State (1-5, 0-3) was led by sophomore quarterback Adam Tafralis, who came off the bench late in the third quarter to replace junior J.P. Greco. Tafralis connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass with senior wide receiver Rufus Skillern in the first series of the last quarter, then followed with a 22-yard scoring pass to Skillern again after San Jose State linebacker Damaja Jones recovered the onside kick at the Broncos 44-yard line.
But Zabransky connected on a 33-yard pass to Jerard Rabb on the Broncos' next possession, and senior Lee Marks capped the drive with a 12-yard TD run.
The Spartans began the game with a 90-yard scoring pass from Greco to junior wide receiver John Broussard with 10:53 left in the first quarter. The score gave the Spartans the first lead they'd had in a game since the opening quarter of their Sept. 10 loss at Illinois.
But Boise State then scored on five consecutive first-half possessions to lead 31-7 at halftime.
Fresno St. 53, Utah St. 21
FRESNO, Calif. » Joe Fernandez caught two TD passes from Paul Pinegar, and the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0) erased an early deficit with 46 straight points to beat the Aggies (2-3, 1-2).
Fresno State took advantage of four Utah State turnovers, scoring 19 points off miscues while controlling the clock and limiting the Aggies to 44 yards rushing.
Fresno State's run-heavy offense produced 193 yards rushing, including 97 for Wendell Mathis and 63 for Bryson Sumlin.
Nevada 37, LaTech 27
RENO, Nev. » Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe completed 24 of 45 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead the Wolf Pack (4-2, 3-0) to a win over the Bulldogs (2-3, 2-1).
Nevada running back B.J. Mitchell added 146 yards on 26 carries, as the Wolf Pack racked up 458 yards of total offense while holding the Bulldogs to 229, including just 68 yards on the ground.
San Diego State 28, Utah 19
SALT LAKE CITY » Jeff Webb had nine catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Aztecs (3-4, 2-2 Mountain West) to a win over the Utes (3-4, 1-3), the Aztecs' first road victory of the season.
San Diego State extended Utah's losing streak to three and ended a 10-game home winning streak for the Utes.
Kevin O'Connell completed 17 of 23 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards.