5:00 PM ET, October 26, 2002
Spartan Stadium (CA), San Jose, CA
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Boise State piled up 650 yards and six touchdowns on Saturday but all Broncos coach Dan Hawkins wanted to talk about was defense. ``I'm very proud of our defense,'' Hawkins said. ``To shut those guys out for three and three-quarters of that game was impressive.'' The Broncos shut out San Jose State for three-quarters en route to their sixth straight victory. The Spartans (4-5, 2-2) came in averaging 28.8 points per game, ranking third in the WAC. So was the duo of quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie and running back Brock Forsey. Forsey scored four touchdowns and Dinwiddie passed for 356 yards accounted for two scores and as the Broncos (7-1, 4-0) remained in sole possession of first place. In a game that featured 87 passes, 1008 yards and lasted nearly four hours, Forsey scored on runs of 9, 2 and 36 yards and a 16-yard reception from Dinwiddie. Last year, Forsey ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns and Dinwiddie passed for 348 yards and four scores in Boise State's 56-6 home win over San Jose State. It was the third straight loss after three consecutive victories for the Spartans (4-5, 2-2), who avoided the shutout on a 27-yard pass from Scott Rislov to Jamall Broussard with 6:52 left to play. The Spartans had a chance to strike early, but on their second drive they failed to score on a first-and-goal situation at the Boise State 5. After San Jose State turned the ball over on downs, Dinwiddie completed two passes for 76 yards before he scored on a 2-yard keeper to complete the 96-yard drive. By halftime, Boise State had generated 340 yards and led 28-0. Dinwiddie broke his right ankle during a 34-10 loss to Arkansas on Sept. 7, but returned last week to complete 19 of 22 passes after replacing B.J. Rhode in the second quarter. Rhode was 5-0 as the starter and ranked 11th in the country in quarterback efficiency, but he went back to the bench with Dinwiddie's return. Rhode did come in for one drive in the fourth quarter and completed a 40-yard touchdown to Billy Wingfield with 5:56 to play. Jay Swillie had four catches for 133 yards for the Broncos. Boise State's offense came in averaging 60 points over its last four games. It finished with 650 total yards, to 358 for the Spartans. ``Those guys played a pretty good game and my hat is off to them,'' San Jose State coach Fitz Hill said. ``Right now they are a little ahead of our program.'' This was on the third meeting between the two teams, all Boise State victories.