RUSTON, La. (AP) -Taylor Tharp threw for 5 touchdowns - one of them for 83 yards - and Boise State's beat Louisiana Tech, 45-31, Saturday night.
Tharp more than make up for the loss of Ian Johnson, who led the nation in scoring last season with 25 touchdowns but was injured last week against Nevada and did not travel to Ruston. Even without him, Boise had 465 yards total offense.
The Broncos (6-1, 3-0) have lost only one Western Athletic Conference game since 2002.
The game went back and forth for 3 1/2 quarters, but a late Tech fumble and two Tharp touchdowns in the fourth quarter ended any chance of a Tech upset.
Tharp was 21-of-35 for 328 yards with two interceptions.
As the Bulldogs were putting together a drive that might have tied the game in the fourth quarter, Orlando Scandrick stripped the ball from Joe Anderson on Boise's 13 yard line.
Two plays later, Tharp's long bomb to Jeremy Childs made the score 38-24 with 6:38 left in the game.
Coming into the game, Tech's longest play from scrimmage was a 34-yard run by Patrick Jackson, but the Bulldogs made a few big plays that helped keep the game close.
The first was a 46 yard touchdown run by Jackson that tied the game at seven. Tech's biggest play was a 74-yard touchdown run - eighth-longest in school history - by Daniel Porter to tie the game at 24.