LARAMIE, Wyoming It’s not how Boise State is used to winning, but it is still a win.
The Broncos (3-0) used a stingy defense and just enough big plays on offense to pick up a 17-10 win over Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium Saturday.
The Broncos’ defense dominated holding the Cowboys (1-2) to just 251 yards, while scoring the eventual winning touchdown.
With Boise State leading 10-3 midway through the second quarter, cornerback Quinton Jones picked off a Jacob Doss pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown.
The interception was one of two for the Broncos on the day. Orlando Scandrick iced the win with a pick on Wyoming’s last drive.
Jones’ interception for a touchdown followed Boise State’s only offensive touchdown. Tied 3-3, the Broncos drove 84 yards on 13 plays to score the go-ahead touchdown midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Jared Zabransky capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run.
Ian Johnson once again led Boise State’s offense. The sophomore rumbled for 119 yards on 23 carries, 5.2 yards per carry. The 119-yard game followed his 240-yard game against Oregon State the previous week.
Zabransky finished completing 12-of-20 passes for 116 yards on a windy day in Wyoming.
Senior Korey Hall led Boise State with 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Sophomore Marty Tadman and senior Dennis Ellis had eight tackles each. The Broncos finished with five sacks, while holding the Cowboys to 73 yards rushing on 20 carries, 2.5 yards per carry.
Senior punter Kyle Stringer was key in the Broncos win as well. Stringer helped the Broncos control the field position battle averaging 50.1 yards on seven punts, including a 61-yarder into a stiff wind. He also pinned the Cowboys inside the 20-yard line on one punt.