EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Boise State coach Dan Hawkins and
quarterback Jared Zabransky were far from satisfied with the
streaking Broncos' latest victory.
"We allowed too many big plays and we made too many
turnovers," Hawkins said after the No. 23 Broncos' 47-31 victory
over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night. "As long as we do that, a
junior high team is going to be in the game with us."
Zabransky threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 23
Boise State to a 47-31 victory, extending the nation's longest
winning streak to 14 games.
Zabransky was 26-for-37 with two interceptions, and Antwaun
Carter ran for two touchdowns for the Broncos (3-0) in their
Western Athletic Conference opener.
"Everybody was relaxed, maybe too relaxed," Zabransky said.
"We weren't as ready to play as we needed to be."
Lawrence Bady had seven catches for 149 yards, and Quinton Jones
and Drisan James each caught touchdown passes for Boise State,
which racked up 567 yards to UTEP's 291.
The two-time defending WAC champions needed all the help they
could get to beat a UTEP team that has won only two games in each
of the last three seasons.
Boise State scored 20 points in the second quarter after being
held scoreless in the first. During that scoring run, Tyler Jones
kicked two field goals, the first capping an 85-yard drive that
gave the Broncos their first score with 12:48 left in the second
quarter and cut UTEP's lead to 10-3.
The Broncos went ahead for good with 7:09 left in the third
quarter after Zabransky fumbled into the Miners' end zone and Andy
Weldon fell on the ball for the touchdown. The 79-yard drive gave
Boise State a 27-24 lead.
"The team effort was great, but the loss was awful," Miners
coach Mike Price said. "We hung in. We didn't quit. This team will
never quit no matter what."
Howard Jackson ran for 62 yards and a touchdown for UTEP (1-2).
"The team came out strong and played hard, but the big plays
started hurting us at the end," Jackson said.
Jordan Palmer went 16-for-32 with two interceptions and two
Palmer hit Jackson with a 70-yard touchdown pass on UTEP's first
play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead.
"Although we were sloppy tonight, we were able to answer all of
UTEP's scores," Hawkins said. "That speaks to the character of
Boise State also holds the longest Division I-A home winning
streak at 20 games. That streak started with a 42-17 win over UTEP
in the second home game of the 2001 season.
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