Fresno State 21

(4-4, 2-1 MW)

Boise State 67

(6-1, 3-0 MW)

Coverage: ESPN

8:05 PM ET, October 18, 2002

Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

1 2 3 4 T
FRES 0 7 7 721
BSU 10 17 13 2767

Boise State gains 688 yards in crucial WAC tilt

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Making an impressive return after six weeks off, Ryan Dinwiddie threw five touchdown passes in less than three quarters, and Boise State gained a school-record 688 yards to defeat Fresno State 67-21 Friday night.

Dinwiddie completed 19 of 22 passes for 406 yards, and Brock Forsey added 132 yards rushing and two TDs for the Broncos (6-1, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference), whose crowd of 30,924 was the largest to ever watch a sporting event in Idaho.

Fresno State freshman Paul Pinegar passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns, but he couldn't stop the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-1) from falling behind 27-0.

Dinwiddie, who broke an ankle against Arkansas in the second game of the season, came in early in the second quarter after starter B.J. Rhode had led the Broncos to a 13-0 lead.

Lou Fanucchi had eight catches for 178 yards, and Nick Calaycay kicked four field goals for the Broncos, who have topped 50 points in four straight games. Their total yardage broke the school record of 664, set against Eastern Washington in 1995.

Boise State also took a major step in seizing control of the WAC title race. Next week the Broncos play San Jose State for sole possession of first place. The Spartans are 2-0 in the league entering Saturday's game at Nevada.

Forsey scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards to help Boise State take control early. Dinwiddie had TD passes of 13 and 39 yards to Rocky Atkinson, followed by a 43-yarder to Fanucchi, a 16-yarder to David Mikell and a 4-yarder to Tim Gilligan.