Eagles Win MPC Computers Bowl
Dec. 28, 2005
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Matthew Ryan and Ryan Glasper spoiled Boise State coach Dan Hawkins last game with the Broncos, leading No. 19 Boston College to a 27-21 victory Wednesday in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Ryan threw three first-half touchdown passes, and Glasper intercepted Jared Zabransky's pass in the end zone with 37 seconds left as the Broncos tried to complete a rally from a 27-0 deficit.
The Eagles (9-3) extended the nation's longest bowl winning streak to six and snapped Boise State's 31-game home winning streak. BC's last bowl loss was to Colorado in the 1999 Insight Bowl, and Boise State's last home loss was in 2001 - a 41-20 loss to Washington State in Hawkins' first home game after taking over for Dirk Koetter.
The game was Hawkins' last with the Broncos (9-4), who failed to win 10 games for the first time since 2001.
But the Broncos were lethargic and lifeless, and bullied by the Eagles in the first half. They staged a dramatic rally for their coach, but Glasper ended those hopes.
Boise State started its final possession at the BC 47 with 1:56 left, and Zabransky completed a 32-yard, fourth-down pass to Vinny Perretta to the BC 14.
A pass-interference penalty moved the ball to the 5, but Zabransky was sacked by Nick Larkin, and then Glasper came up with his interception.
Zabransky's had a 2-yard TD run early in the fourth, the Broncos' second score in 2:09. He threw a 53-yard TD pass to Drisan James with 1:24 left in the third.
The Broncos got to 27-21 with 3:51 left after Quinton Jones returned a punt 92 yards for a TD. Jones broke two tackles inside his own 10, broke two more and traversed the field for the longest punt return in the bowl's history.
Ryan was rarely pressured and the sophomore picked apart Boise State's secondary. He threw for 178 yards in the first half and finished with 262 on the famed blue turf that had a slight coat of white after a brief hail and sleet storm in the third quarter.
By the time Will Blackmon outmanueved three Boise State defensive backs for a 35-yard TD reception with 1:16 left in the first half, Boise State fans were already headed to the tent vendors outside the stadium.
It almost became 31-0. On the last play of the half, Ryan completed a 52-yard pass to Blackmon. He caught it at the 6, but was tackled by Colt Brooks at the 1.
Blackmon finished with five catches for 144 yards, and Ryan Ohliger kicked field goals of 26 and 30 yards.
Ryan's first two TD passes went to Tony Gonzalez. The first came on BC's opening drive, when on fourth-down, Ryan sidestepped defensive tackle Nick Schlekeway and found Gonzalez streaking across the back of the end zone for a 35-yard play.
Gonzalez's second TD came late in the second quarter after the Eagles came up with a critical turnover.
Down 10-0, Boise State put together its most productive drive, marching inside the Eagles 40. Zabransky threw to Jeff Carpenter, who ran to the BC 32, but was hit by linebacker Jolonn Dunbar and fumbled. Ray Henderson scooped up the ball on one bounce and raced 55 yards to the Boise State 13. Ryan connected with Gonzalez on the next play.
Boise State lost for the first time in its hometown bowl. The Broncos beat Iowa State (2002), Texas El-Paso (2000) and Louisville (1999) in the game.
Wearing a blue pullover with orange piping and the Boise State logo planted firmly on his chest, Hawkins crisscrossed the field before kickoff, making sure to give every player a pat, handshake and for some, a brief hug.