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BOISE, Idaho - Going undefeated wasn't enough to get Boise State a Bowl Championship Series bid two years ago. The Broncos have little choice but to try going that route again in their quest to reach their first BCS bowl game.
After impressing in what was supposed to be their toughest test of the season, the 20th-ranked Broncos (5-0, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) look to continue their dominance in the WAC when they host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Boise State, the subject of early speculation that it could be in line for its first at-large BCS berth this season, routed Utah 36-3 on Saturday. The Broncos scored 33 straight points and forced five turnovers in handing the Utes their worst home loss in 17 years.
Boise State has seven games left in its bid for a second unbeaten regular season in three years. The Broncos went 11-0 two years ago, but so did Utah and the Utes earned the BCS berth.
``We always want to gain respect in the national scene, but they're going to put us where they put us,'' Boise State linebacker Korey Hall said. ``We know what kind of team we are and we know who we can play with. Whether people acknowledge that or not doesn't bother us.''
``I think there's a stigma ... (that we) may not have the talent that some of those big-time schools have,'' Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky said. ``But if you look at our roster from top to bottom, the starters, and you match us up, we can go against anybody.''
Zabransky continued his strong play Saturday, completing 15 of 21 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, as well as running for a score. He has completed 61 percent of his passes for 885 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions.
Ian Johnson ran for 88 of Boise State's 188 rushing yards. Johnson has rushed for 714 yards and nine touchdowns, and is fifth in the country with 142.8 rushing yards per game.
Louisiana Tech (1-3) gave up 393 yards on the ground in a 51-0 loss to then-No. 18 Clemson on Saturday.
The Bulldogs will be facing their third ranked opponent of the season as they open their conference schedule.
Louisiana Tech rushed for minus-24 yards in the opening half. The Bulldogs' best chance to score came at the end of the first half when they had a first-and-goal at the Clemson 6.
Despite lopsided losses at Nebraska (49-10) and Texas A&M (45-14), Tech coach Jack Bicknell had thought his team was coming together and hoped for a stronger performance last week. The Bulldogs, though, threw four interceptions in the second half, three by starter Zac Champion.
Champion had thrown four touchdowns and one interception coming into the game.
Boise State leads the series with Louisiana Tech 4-3. The Broncos won the last meeting 30-13 on Nov. 26.