By Chadd Cripe
Boise State beat the rival Fresno State Bulldogs again Saturday at Bronco Stadium — a 20-10 decision that was their seventh straight victory in the series.
The Broncos left with the Milk Can. The traveling trophy, which started in 2005, was in the locker room all week.
“I told the linebackers at the beginning of the week, ‘This thing is not leaving Boise,’ and it’s not,” Boise State senior linebacker J.C. Percy said. “It’s a great feeling.”
The 24th-ranked Broncos’ defense led the way.
Boise State held its opponent without a first-half point for the fourth straight game, didn’t allow a touchdown until the final 3 minutes of the game, forced two turnovers and held a big-play offense to 4.4 yards per play.
Only one team — New Mexico (29), with its tricky triple option — has scored more than 17 points against the Broncos this season.
Fresno State had scored 25 points in each of its first six games.
“Those guys are playing extremely hard,” coach Chris Petersen said of his defense. “To hold Fresno to 10 points is really impressive.”
This was the closest loss for the Bulldogs (4-3 overall, 2-1 Mountain West) against the Broncos (5-1, 2-0) since beating them in 2005.
First-year coach Tim DeRuyter had instilled some much-needed swagger in the Bulldogs, but they didn’t make many momentum-turning plays.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” DeRuyter said. “We came into the game expecting to compete, expecting to win. It’s frustrating because I think we had the capabilities to get it done. I hope everybody in that locker room is pissed off. Because I’m pissed off.”
BSU — Geraldo Boldewijn 10 pass from Joe Southwick (Michael Frisina kick), 3:01. Key play: Junior wide receiver Aaron Burks made a juggling catch for a 25-yard gain and Southwick tossed to tailback D.J. Harper for 6 yards on third-and-5. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:21. Boise State 7, Fresno State 0
BSU — Frisina 19 field goal, 10:59. Key play: Southwick threw an interception midway through the drive but the turnover was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer penalty. Drive: 10 plays, 62 yards, 5:08. Boise State 10, Fresno State 0
BSU — Harper 28 run (Frisina kick), 2:10. Key play: Harper rushed for 58 yards on four carries on the drive. The TD run including a spin move to shake a tackler off his leg. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:28. Boise State 17, Fresno State 0
FS — Quentin Breshears 39 field goal, 2:11. Key play: The Bulldogs converted two third-and-1s, but defensive end Demarcus Lawrence sacked quarterback Derek Carr on third-and-9 to force the field goal. Drive: 12 plays, 49 yards, 4:05. Boise State 17, Fresno State 3
BSU — Frisina 19 field goal, 7:31. Key play: Southwick hit tight end Chandler Koch for a touchdown on second-and-2 at the 3, but Koch had gone out of bounds before the catch. The Bronocs came up 2 feet short on third down. Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, 3:58. Boise State 20, Fresno State 3
FS — Davante Adams 3 pass from Carr (Breshears kick), 2:15. Key play: Wide receiver Isaiah Burse made a terrific, leaping catch for a 26-yard gain to the Boise State 4. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 2:46. Boise State 20, Fresno State 10
• Tight end Hayden Plinke, running back Drew Wright and quarterback Jimmy Laughrea are in uniform for the game against Fresno State. None made the trip to Southern Miss last week.
• Fresno State wide receiver Josh Harper (24 catches, 333 yards, 4 TDs) and defensive end Anthony Williams are out for the game.
• Uniform watch: Boise State is wearing blue pants, gray jerseys and blue Pro Combat helmets (with numbers). Fresno State is wearing white pants, white jerseys and red helmets.
All-black uniforms for UNLV
Boise State will wear all-black uniforms for next week's game against UNLV. Click here for my blog post (with photos) on the black uniforms.
-- Brian Murphy
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