SAN JOSE, Calif. — Kellen Moore and his Boise State teammates showed San Jose State that the 13th-ranked Broncos are still the class of the Western Athletic Conference.
Moore threw for two touchdowns, and Ian Johnson ran for two scores to help Boise State keep alive its bid for a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game by beating the Spartans 33-16 on Friday in a matchup of the WAC’s top two teams.
San Jose State (5-3, 3-1) nearly derailed bids for undefeated seasons by the Broncos (7-0, 3-0) in their last two visits to Spartan Stadium and hoped to be able to complete the job this year with what coach Dick Tomey considers the best team he’s had here.
But Boise State proved to be too much for the Spartans, winning for the 49th time in its last 51 conference games. Jeremy Childs blocked a punt to set up one touchdown for the Broncos and caught a TD pass, and Jeremy Avery led the Broncos’ rushing attack with 96 yards on 21 carries.
Boise State is looking to make it into the BCS for the second time in three seasons. The Broncos came into the game ranked 12th in the first BCS standings, one spot behind Utah of the Mountain West Conference. To get an automatic bid into a BCS game, the Broncos must finish in the top 12 and be the highest-ranked team from the five conferences without an automatic bid.
The Broncos, who had allowed only one opponent to score more than seven points this season, shut down San Jose State’s offense for most of the game. The Spartans managed one big play, when Brandon Rutley burst up the middle for a 60-yard run that cut Boise State’s lead to 20-16 in the third quarter.BOISE STATE — 33 SAN JOSE STATE — 16
KEY: Kellen Moore threw for two touchdowns and Ian Johnson ran for two scores for the Broncos, who had a 393-207 edge in yards of offense.