Oregon State Tops Boise State, 30-27
Sept. 10, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Alexis Serna kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:03 to go and Oregon State came from behind to beat Boise State 30-27 under stormy skies on Saturday.
The Broncos (0-2) had a 24-14 lead early in the second half, but the Beavers (2-0) evened it at 27-all early in the fourth quarter when Mike Hass caught a 22-yard scoring pass from Matt Moore.
Serna's third field goal of the day proved to be the winner when the Broncos could not get anything going in the final minute. Boise State, which was ranked in preseason polls, lost its opener to Georgia.
There were periodic downpours and a first-half hail storm that was so heavy it sent cheerleaders scurrying for cover. For a time, the field even appeared to have a dusting of snow, but it was pea-sized hail.
Moore completed 27 of 38 passes for 279 yards. Hass had 11 catches for 178 yards.
In their opener last Saturday, the then-No. 18 Broncos fell behind 38-0 and went on to an embarrassing 48-13 loss to Georgia. Quarterback Jared Zabransky, an Oregon native, threw four interceptions and fumbled twice before being benched in the second quarter.
The Broncos had only three losses in their previous 42 games and were ranked coming into a season for the first time since moving up to Division I-A in 1996. They fell out after the loss.
Against the Beavers, Zabransky completed 19 of 36 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos, who also lost to Louisville in their final game last season, had not lost three in a row since 1997.
The Beavers were looking to avenge last season's 53-24 loss on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium. That was Boise State's first victory over a Pacific-10 Conference team.
At first it appeared that Boise State and especially Zabransky - who had been mentioned as a Heisman candidate in the preseason - had shaken away any lingering doubts from Georgia.
The junior hit Drisan James with a 34-yard scoring pass just 1:50 into the game. Then he found Jerard Rabb with a 6-yard TD pass to give the Broncos an early 14-0 lead.
The Beavers narrowed it with Yvenson Bernard's wide-open 51-yard scoring run. After Anthony Montgomery's 33-yard field goal for Boise State, Bernard added a 5-yard scoring run to cut the Broncos' lead to 17-14 at halftime.
Rabb add a 16-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter.
Serna kicked field goals of 40 and 32 yards to get the Beavers to within 24-20, before Montgomery hit on a 36-yarder for Boise State.