Sun, Sep 26, 2004 - Page 23 News List

Boise St. continues to win as Broncos edge BYU Cougars

AP AND NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , BOISE, IDAHO

Jared Zabransky threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Acree with 3:42 remaining and No. 21 Boise State held on, extending the nation's longest winning streak with a 28-27 victory over Brigham Young on Friday.

Boise State won its 15th consecutive game when BYU missed a field goal attempt in the final minute.

The Broncos charged to a 16-0 lead, but BYU rallied for a 27-22 advantage.

After Zabransky put the Broncos ahead, BYU drove deep into Broncos' territory. Kicker Matt Payne, who hadn't missed all season, had his 38-yard-attempt drift wide left.

Boise State improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1994, the same year were the national runner-up in Division I-AA national title.

BYU is off to a 1-3 start for the first time since 2000, LaVell Edwards' final season as coach.

BYU hasn't beaten a ranked opponent since Gary Crowton took over for Edwards in 2001.

John Beck led BYU with 390 passing yards, completing 20 of 35 with two touchdowns. But again, he had no help from the running game. BYU finished with just 25 yards rushing.

Zabransky passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, both to Acree, and the pair appeared to have the Broncos ahead to stay after a late score.

BYU got the ball back at its own 23, and got a huge break on a disputed pass interference call. Beck continued to lead the drive into field goal range, only to have Payne miss.

Payne had already made kicks of 32 and 42 yards as the Cougars rallied from a 16-0 deficit. He also had two of the hardest hits of the night when he leveled Chris Carr to end two long returns.

Iowa at No. 18 Michigan

Iowa fell out of the top 25 after getting routed, 44-7, against Arizona State and hopes to avoid losing two in a row. After losing to Notre Dame, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne threw three interceptions as the Wolverines held on for a 24-21 victory over San Diego State. An early conference loss would be a lot for either of these teams to bounce back from. Despite being favored at home, Michigan looks vulnerable and has struggled with Iowa in the past.

Clemson at No. 8 Florida St.

Last season, Clemson knocked off then No. 3 Florida State, 26-10, to give Tommy Bowden his first victory over his father Bobby. So far, this season has been disappointing for both teams, with Florida State losing a heartbreaker to Miami and Clemson dropping its last two against Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst has thrown seven interceptions and Seminole signal caller Chris Rix has been hearing the boos at home.

Alabama at Arkansas

After losing QB Brodie Croyle to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the second half of a 52-0 victory over Western Carolina, the Tide must lean heavily on its defense. That unit, which is ranked number one in the SEC, will look to stop Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones and the conference's top-ranked offense. Alabama has won big over lesser competition, while Arkansas lost to Texas, 22-20 in its second game.

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