One sign of a good team is how it reacts after halftime. After the mid-game break in tonight’s bout between Boise State and Louisiana Tech, it appeared for a split second that the Bulldogs, not the Broncos, were the better team.
Quarterback Ross Jenkins put a second Bulldog touchdown on the scoreboard upon throwing a 23 yard strike to receiver Phillip Livas. The ensuing kickoff saw Boise State lose a Titas Young fumble. Whether or not the Bulldogs have a kicker and/or punter is beyond my grasp. Louisiana Tech has tried to convert four fourth downs, missed an extra point and is averaging just 28.6 yards on five punts.
I wish I could put an angle on this game, but Boise State is too good. After stopping Louisiana Tech on a fourth down where the Bulldogs were clearly in field goal range — and a kick would have put the Bulldogs within 12 points — the Broncos drove directly down the field and running back Jeremy Avery scored on his own fumble.
Moore added a receiving touchdown from receiver Austin Pettis late in the third to push the score to 42-13. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled and, you guessed it, recovered by Boise State.
Moore was pulled due to the big lead, but was thrown back into the game for reasons unknown and immediately intercepted. (I think he was trying to get the Broncos’ career passing touchdown record tonight.) Running back Doug Martin added to the scoring with a 20 yard run midway through the fourth quarter. Another Lennon Creer touchdown run finalized the scoring at 49-20.
Here is a Louisiana Tech team that handed Utah State a worse beating — a 24-6 Bulldog win in Ruston, La. — than then-No. 7 Oklahoma did — a 31-24 Sooner win in Norman. I’m just throwing that out there for debate…