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Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2002 8:51 AM EST
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Louisiana Tech (3-6) at No. 23 Boise St (9-1)
LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS
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BOISE ST. BRONCOS
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Boise State has a way of making opponents who come to the Gem State feel as blue as the color of the turf at Bronco Stadium.

Appearing in the top 25 for the first time since moving up to the Division I-A level in 1996, the 23rd-ranked Broncos can clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title Saturday when they host Louisiana Tech.

Boise State (9-1, 6-0), which leads the nation in scoring, has won eight in a row since its only loss to Arkansas. The Broncos have been especially tough at home, winning 24 of their last 25 games on the blue turf, including 13 straight in conference play.

Boise State is averaging 47.9 points per game, a total it surpassed in last week's 49-7 victory over Rice. The Broncos extended their school record by scoring least 40 points in their seventh straight game.

Boise State has surpassed the 50-point mark five times this year, breaking the previous school mark of three set on five occasions, most recently in 2000.

However, the Broncos have lost all four previous meetings with Louisiana Tech, including a 48-42 defeat last season in Ruston. The teams first met in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1973.

Brock Forsey rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns in last week's win to increase his season total to 1,273, tied for third on Boise State's all-time list. He needs 254 yards to eclipse Cedric Minter's school record of 1,526 in 1978.

Forsey has rushed for more than 100 yards in six straight games and leads the nation in touchdowns scored (24) and points (144). Both marks are tied for the best single-season totals in WAC history.

Louisiana Tech (3-6, 2-3) is headed in the opposite direction, having lost five of its last six games. The Bulldogs suffered a 42-30 setback to San Jose State last week after snapping a four-game losing streak the previous week.

Louisiana Tech, which squandered a 23-7 led against the Spartans, is concluding a rugged stretch in which it plays six of seven games on the road. The Bulldogs have dropped seven in a row away from home, including all six road games this year.


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