Bowl Countdown: 2002 Humanitarian Bowl
Dec. 10, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's matchup against Northern Illinois at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23 will mark the program's 14th-straight bowl appearance. In the lead up to the contest, BroncoSports.com will look back at the Broncos' 13 bowl games since the start of this streak in 2002.
After not being selected for a bowl despite an 8-4 record in 2001, Boise State went 11-1 and won the WAC title in 2002. That record got the Broncos a New Year's Eve home matchup in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl against the Big 12's Iowa State, which went 7-6 during the regular season.
Boise State's 34-16 win over the Cyclones would be the program's first victory over a school in one of what's now called the "Power 5" conferences.
Ranked 18th in the Associated Press Poll and the nation’s top scoring offense, the Broncos scored just seven first-half points but found its form in the second half. The victory capped an outstanding season for the Broncos as Boise State ended with a 12-1 overall record and its third Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl win in four years.
Boise State trailed at halftime (10-7) for just the second time that season (the other coming in a loss at Arkansas on Sept. 7), while totaling just 107 yards of total offense.
It was a different story early in the second half. After forcing Iowa State to punt after a three-and-out, the Broncos’ offense started to roll. Boise State scored on their first two possessions of the half, with Brock Forsey capping the first drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by Ryan Dinwiddie scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak on the next Bronco drive to give Boise State a 21-10 lead.
The Boise State defense kept the Cyclones and all-everything quarterback Seneca Wallace in check for most of the game. Iowa State managed just 275 total yards on offense, and Wallace finished with 83 yards rushing and just 107 yards through the air while completing just 13-of-38 passes.
Three Broncos finished with double-digit tackles. Sophomore linebacker (and current assistant coach) Andy Avalos had 13, while Wes Nurse and Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl Most Valuable Player Bobby Hammer each added 10. Hammer finished with a career high in tackles, including three for loss.
The Bronco offense added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, while Iowa State scored a meaningless touchdown with just 2:34 to play.
The clincher for the Broncos came with 5:20 to play when Forsey scored his third touchdown of the game, his 32nd of the season, to give the Broncos a 27-10 lead. Thirteen years later, Forsey's mark of 32 touchdowns still stands as the Boise State benchmark, shared only with Jay Ajayi, who equaled the total in 2014.
Dinwiddie connected with senior Lou Fanucchi with 27 seconds to play to account for the final touchdown.
Forsey led the Broncos with 78 yards rushing on 24 carries. Dinwiddie completed 17-of-32 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Senior Billy Wingfield caught a game-best five passes for 64 yards to finish the season with 1,138 yards receiving, breaking the then-record of 1,101 set by Kipp Bedard in 1981.
Wingfield's total of 1,138 receiving yards is currently fifth on Boise State single-season list.
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