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Boise St. 45, La. Tech 35

Boise State pulls away to stay perfect

Boise State’s Kellen Moore threw for 354 yards and three TDs. Boise State’s Kellen Moore threw for 354 yards and three TDs. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press
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By Brett Martel
Associated Press / November 7, 2009

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RUSTON, La. - Just when Boise State looked vulnerable, Kellen Moore and the Broncos quickly reminded a national television audience why they’ve been unbeatable.

Moore threw for 354 yards and three scores, and No. 5 Boise State survived a brief scare on the road with a 45-35 victory over upstart Louisiana Tech last night.

Tech had pulled within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on Dennis Morris’s leaping catch in the corner of the end zone. The Broncos’ defense buckled down after that, enabling Boise State to pull away with touchdowns on consecutive drives, the second score coming on Jeremy Avery’s 44-yard run.

Avery finished with 146 yards rushing, while Titus Young caught eight passes for 110 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown for Boise State (9-0, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference).

Trailing, 27-7, at halftime, Tech (3-6, 2-4) made a game of it in the third quarter, starting with Josh Victorian’s first career touchdown on Moore’s third interception of the season.

Boise State responded with a 15-play drive to set up Kyle Brotzman’s third field goal on four tries, then Tech’s offense suddenly came to life with a 73-yard scoring drive, capped by Ross Jenkins’s 9-yard keeper that made it 30-21.

Tech’s Matt Nelson then caught the Broncos by surprise with an onside kick that he recovered himself. Shortly after, Jenkins found Morris over the middle for 36 yards to the Boise State 12, setting up Jenkins’s third-down pass to Morris.

But Boise State put its figurative foot down, forcing a quick punt. Then Moore floated a pass down the sideline to Kyle Efaw for his second 40-yard completion of the game, setting up a 12-yard scoring pass to Austin Pettis to make it 38-28.

Soon after, Tech failed to convert on fourth and 6 from its 44, setting up Avery’s clinching run to make it 45-28 with 4:52 to go.