Boise State Wins 2nd WAC Title in Convincing Fashion

Nevada Wolf Pack
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Boise State's second consecutive Western Athletic Conference title was clinched without a lot of suspense.

Ryan Dinwiddie threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for two scores as the No. 18 Broncos beat Nevada 56-3 Saturday.

``Repeating is harder, no doubt about it,'' Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said. ``It's sometimes hard to find a freshness and an intensity, but out guys did an awesome job and got better throughout the season.''

Boise State was expected to accept an invitation to the Boise-based Humanitarian Bowl after its title-clinching victory, but the invite was postponed as the Broncos decided to weigh their bowl options.

``I think we're holding off and seeing what the possibilities are,'' Hawkins said. ``We want to play the best opponent at the best place possible. If it ends up being the H-Bowl, that will be awesome.''

Boise State (11-1, 7-0) took a 42-0 halftime lead on its way to its 17th straight conference victory and 18th straight win overall at home.


Dinwiddie, playing in his final regular season home game, became Boise State's all-time leading passer with 9,165 yards, surpassing Bart Hendricks (9,020 yards from 1997-2000). His 3,702 yards this season also broke Hendricks' single-season mark of 3,364 in 2000.

Dinwiddie threw four touchdown passes in the first half, including a 46-yarder to Lawrence Bady with 42 second remaining in the half to make it 42-0.

Dinwiddie, who can add to his totals with next week's regular-season finale at Hawaii and a bowl game, also ran for a pair of 1-yard scores.

Dinwiddie hit Tony McPherson with a 76-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game and added an 8-yard scoring pass to David Mikell and a 44-yard TD throw to T.J. Acree.

Mikell rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries, giving him 1,024 for the year.

Nevada (6-6, 4-4) averted a shutout when Damon Fine kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Wolf Pack had just two first downs in the first half.

``They brought it to us right from the start. They've done that to a lot of good teams this year,'' Nevada coach Chris Tormey said. ``It's unfortunate that our seniors have to go out this way.''

Chris Carr had two interceptions for Boise State. Nevada had 19 penalties for 157 yards while BSU had six for 49 yards.

``I was very adamant about (now drawing personal fouls),'' said Hawkins. ``I told our guys I wanted no yapping or talking. I have no time for that. I told them the scoreboard will speak for itself.''