Ian Johnson scored from a yard out in the fourth overtime and Taylor Tharp lofted a short pass to Jeremy Avery on the 2-point conversion to help Boise State beat Nevada 69-67 on Sunday night.
Nevada matched the touchdown in the fourth extra period on Luke
Lippincott's 8-yard run up the middle, but Boise State's Tim Brady
ended the game by sacking Colin Kaepernick on the 2-point
It was a wild game from the start, with the teams combining for
1,266 yards of total offense as the Broncos (5-1, 2-0 Western
Athletic) beat the Wolfpack (2-4, 0-2) for the eighth straight
The Broncos forced overtime on Kyle Brotzman's 27-yard field
goal as time expired.
Johnson ran for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns, including
a career-long 72 yard scamper in the second quarter. He also caught
his first-career TD pass in the fourth to put the Broncos up 41-34.
Tharp was 26-of-35 for a career-high 320 yards and four
touchdowns. Two of those came in the first two overtimes, a 25-yard
scoring passes to Sherm Brasser and Jeremy Childs.
Kaepernick, a redshirt freshman making his first start, ran for
177 yards and two scores and passed for another 243 yards and three
The Wolfpack trailed most of the game, but grabbed their first
lead late in the fourth when Brett Jaekle made a 35-yard field
But Brotzman countered for the Broncos.
The teams traded touchdowns through the first two overtimes. In
the third, Jaekle put Nevada on top with a 27-yard field goal, but
Brotzman answered with a 29-yarder.
Nevada rolled up 639 yards in total offense and had no
turnovers, compared to 627 total yards and one interception for