Bowl Countdown: 2005 MPC Computers Bowl
Dec. 13, 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.

Today BroncoSports.com looks back at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl at Bronco Stadium (now Albertsons Stadium), in which Boise State had its 31-game home winning streak snapped with a 27-21 loss to Boston College. Boston College, 8-3 entering the contest, held off a late rally from Boise State, which was 9-3 and had won its fourth-straight WAC title coming into the game, to claim the first win by an opponent on The Blue since Washington State beat the Broncos 41-20 on Sept. 8, 2001.

It was nearly a comeback for the ages, but came to an end when Boston College’s Ryan Glasper picked off Bronco quarterback Jared Zabransky’s pass in the end zone with 40 seconds to play to salvage the win for the Eagles, who led 27-0 with 1:30 to play in the third quarter.

Boise State stormed back thanks to big plays. Zabransky found Drisan James with a 53-yard touchdown pass to pull the Broncos to within 27-7 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.

The Broncos got the ball back when safety Marty Tadman picked off Matt Ryan at Boston College’s 33. Boise State capitalized with a four-play touchdown drive that was capped by Zabransky two-yard touchdown run.

Boise State crawled even closer after a big play on special teams. Quinton Jones returned a punt 92 yards for a score and Boise State was within a touchdown at 27-21 with 3:51 left to play.

The Broncos got the chance to win the game with one final possession. Boise State drove to the Boston College five-yard line after a fourth-and-nine conversion and a pass interference call on the Eagles. Zabransky found freshman Vinny Perretta for 32 yards on the fourth-and-nine to get the ball to the Boston College 14. However, the Broncos’ drive and the hopes of continuing their 31-game home winning streak ended when Glasper picked off the pass.

Jones finished the game with a school-record 151 punt return yards, and his 92-yard return for a touchdown tied the school record he set earlier in the season at Hawaii.

Zabransky finished with 279 yards passing while completing 20-of-35 with one touchdown and two interceptions. Legedu Naanee had five catches for 52 yards, Perretta had a career-best four catches for a career-high 84 yards and Jerard Rabb and Jeff Carpenter had four catches each.

Korey Hall led Boise State with 15 tackles, while Tadman had 11 tackles and an interception and Colt Brooks added 10 tackles.


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