Broncos Take Over First Place in W.A.C.Posted: Updated:
MOSCOW, Idaho - No. 18 Boise State got four touchdown runs from Ian Johnson and beat coach Dennis Erickson's resurgent Idaho Vandals 42 to 26 today in Moscow to gain sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference. Both Idaho schools entered the game with 3 and 0 WAC records. While the Broncos improved their record to 8 and 0 overall and, 4 and 0 in the league, the Vandals had a three-game winning streak broken. Idaho now is 4 and 4 overall and, 3 and 1 in the WAC. Johnson rushed for 183 yards and scored on runs of 8, 18, 4 and 12 yards, giving him 18 touchdowns this season. Jared Zabransky completed 10 of 22 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns for Boise State. The Vandals were tough on defense in the second half, but failed to score touchdowns in two key situations. Steve Wichman's 41-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Haynes cut the Boise State lead to 28 to 26 with 7:05 left. Wichman's 2-point conversion pass to Haynes was incomplete. Johnson scored on runs of 4 and 12 yards with 5:02 and 1:28 left, respectively. Wichman passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns, completing 24 of 45 passes. The Vandals retired the No. 17 worn by former quarterback John Friesz. He was a three-time Big Sky Conference player of the year and the 1989 winner of the Walter Payton Award, given to the best player in Division I-AA. He played with the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98.