Friday, November 11, 2005
Boise State's running back Jeff Carpenter raced 67 yards on the second play from scrimmage, as the Broncos jumped out to early 7-0 lead just :47 into the game. It would be the only carry Carpenter would have in the game and the only points Boise State would score on the night.
In a driving rainstorm, Fresno State totaled over 300 yards of total offense in the first half alone and built a commanding 27-7 lead at the break. Wendell Mathis averaged over 10 yards per carry on his first seven carries, including a 15 yard touchdown run that tied up the score at 7. He finished with 121 yards, his fourth straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.
Paul Pinegar had his second straight 300 yard passing day and had two touchdowns throws, both to The Freak Paul Williams. Pinegar broke David Carr's career touchdown record with his 29 yard touchdown pass to Williams in the second quarter.
The highlight of the game, which also was named #2 on ESPN's top 10, was Williams record breaking 98 yard touchdown reception. Pinegar launched the bomb from the two yard line and found an open Williams in stride. Williams shook off a tackle from Boise State's free safety Marty Tadman, like he was nothing more than a rag doll, and cruised into the endzone. That play was the dagger and killed just about any momentum Boise State had in the first half.
Kyle Zimmerman added two field goals to complete the scoring.