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Kellen Moore's third touchdown pass of the game pushed Boise State's lead back to 10 points when he connected with Austin Pettis on a 12-yard pass for a 38-28 Bronco lead. It was the 10th touchdown reception of the year for Pettis and means Pettis has scored in all nine games for Boise State this year. Boise State went for two on the extra point and was successful when Moore hit Tyler Shoemaker over the middle.

The successful two-point conversion marked the third time this year the Broncos have been successful. All three have been pass plays.

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It's not been a good second half so far for the visiting Broncos. After holding a 27-7 lead at halftime, Boise State has giving up 21 points in the first 16 minutes of the second half as La. Tech has pulled to within two points of the Broncos. 30-28. La. Tech has scored three touchdowns to Boise State's lone field goal in the second half. The last Bulldog score came on a five-yard pass.

It was a strange start to the second half. Boise State ran 19 consecutive offensive plays to start the second half, and then La. Tech ran 18 consecutive plays.

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La. Tech is not going away. Following Brotzman's third field goal of the game, Louisiana Tech drove the ball 73 yards in 11 plays to score its second touchdown of the third quarter to cut Boise State's lead to nine points, 30-21. The Bulldogs have outscored Boise State 14-3 in this quarter.

Following the La. Tech score, the Bulldogs surprised Boise State and onside kicked. Louisiana Tech's kicker kicked the ball straight ahead and recovered it after it went the 10-yard limit.

Kyle Brotzman kicked his third field goal of the game midway through the third quarter to give Boise State a 30-14 lead. Brotzman has now made field goals from 29, 34 and 25 in the game to increase his total for the season to 15.

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Boise State looked like it was to increase its lead to 34-14 when Kellen Moore connected with Titus Young for what looked like a 24-yard touchdown pass. But a holding call on the Broncos took the points off the board and Boise State had to settle for a Brotzman field goal.

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After attempting 136 consecutive passes without an interception, Kellen Moore was trying to throw the ball away on the far side of the field when La. Tech's Josh Victorian picked off Moore's pass and returned it 75 yards for a score cutting the Bronco lead to 27-14.

The last time Moore threw an interception in the early in the third quarter of the Boise State's game against UC Davis on Oct. 3. The interception is just the third of the season for Moore, and the 13th of his career.

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Boise State show its quick strike offense midway through the second quarter when on first and 10 from La. Tech's 40-yard line, Kellen Moore hit a streaking Titus Young in the end zone to give the Broncos a 27-7 lead with 7:35 remaining in the second quarter. It was Moore's second touchdown pass of the game, and moves him into first place for the most touchdown passes in the country this season at 26. Case Keenum of the University of Houston has 25 touchdown passes heading into action this weekend.

The touchdown reception was the eighth of the season for Young, to rank second on the Bronco team. Austin Pettis leads all Boise State receivers this season for touchdown passes with nine.

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Kyle Wilson's 59-yard punt return to the La. Tech three-yard line set up Boise State's second touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. Wilson took the La. Tech punt at the Bronco 38-yard line and crossed all the way across the field before racing up the far sideline to the three-yard line where he was knocked out of bounds. It was the longest punt return of the season for Wilson, who returned three last year for touchdowns.

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Doug Martin scored the touchdown for Boise State two-plays later on a two-yard run up the middle for a 20-7 lead. It was Martin's sixth rushing touchdown of the season to lead Boise State.

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Kellen Moore's 25th touchdown pass of the year put Boise State back in front, 13-7, late in the first quarter. Moore completed a two-yard pass to Richie Brockel in the left flat. It was Brockel's second touchdown reception of the season.

The touchdown pass also ties Moore's mark of 25 he completed last year in 13 games as a red-shirt freshman for the Broncos. The school record for single season touchown passes is 35 set by Bart Hendricks in 2000.

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With 5:03 remaining in the first quarter, Boise State cut La. Tech's lead to one point, 7-6, on Kyle Brotzman's second field goal of the game from 34 yards. For the second time in the game, the Bronco offense drove the ball inside red-zone and was unable to punch the ball into the endzone for six points.

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Boise State is now 25 of 46 on red-zone touchdowns this season for 54.3 percent. On red-zone scores for Boise State this season (touchdowns and field goals), the Broncos are 39 of 46 for 84.8 percent.

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The 7-3 lead for Louisiana Tech marks only the third time this season Boise State has trialed in a game. The other two times came against Tulsa, with both coming in the first quarter. Tulsa scored first in that game for a 7-0 lead. Boise State quickly took an 8-7 lead on a touchdown and two-point conversion, before Tulsa answered back for another touchdown and a 14-8 lead.

Boise State took the lead for good in the Tulsa came early in the second quarter, 14-8, and went on to defeat the Golden Hurricane. 28-21.

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Kyle Brotzman put Boise State on the scoreboard connecting on a 29-yard field goal at the 10:57 mark of the first half. Boise State kicked off to start the game and held Louisiana Tech to a three-and-out on the opening drive. Following a short punt by the Bulldogs, Boise State's first drive stalled out before Brotzman came on for his 13th field goal of the season.

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It's another Friday night, which during the college football season usually means Boise State is playing on national television, and tonight the Broncos are in Ruston, Louisiana getting ready to face Louisiana Tech in a Western Athletic Conference game on ESPN2. Tonight's game marks the fourth time this season Boise State has had one of it's game broadcast on the ESPN network. The first three televised games (Oregon, Fresno State and Tulsa) were on ESPN.

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Tonight's game also starts a string of four straight Bronco games to be on national television. Next week the Idaho game at Bronco Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPNU, with the following games at Utah State on Nov. 20 (Friday) and the Nevada game at Bronco Stadium on Nov. 27 (Friday) on ESPN2.

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A couple of number changes for the Broncos tonight. Defensive tackle Michael Atkinson will be wearing #69 instead of his normal #99, and long snapper Chris Roberson will be wearing #38 instead of his normal #44.

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Boise State has an all-time record of 7-3 against Louisiana Tech, and is 3-1 for games played in Ruston. The last time the Broncos lost in Ruston was Boise State and Louisiana Tech's first year in the WAC (2001) with the Bulldogs winning 48-42. That was also the only time Louisiana Tech has won the WAC football title.