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Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2002 11:59 AM EST
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No. 21 Boise St (10-1) at Nevada (5-6)
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RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- No. 19 Boise State has been nearly unbeatable at home over the past four seasons. But the Broncos will have to win in difficult surroundings to capture their first outright Western Athletic Conference.

Boise State concludes its regular season Saturday at Nevada, which has won six straight at home in the series. The Broncos have not won in Reno since 1987.

Boise State (10-1, 7-0) needs a victory to finish unbeaten in conference play and gain a likely berth in the Humanitarian Bowl. Should it lose, the Broncos will settle for a share of the conference title with Hawaii, which already had concluded WAC play.

Boise State, which joined the WAC last season, handed the Warriors their only conference loss, 58-31, on October 5.

Last week, the Broncos extended their overall winning streak to nine games with a 36-10 victory over Louisiana Tech, their 25th win in 26 home games. Boise State had scored at least 40 points in a school-record seven straight games.

The Broncos were held to their second-lowest total of the season, but still lead the nation in scoring, averaging 46.2 points. They have surpassed 50 points on five occasions this year.

Brock Forsey scored only once last week, but set WAC single-season records for touchdowns (25) and points (150). Marshall Faulk of San Diego State held the previous WAC record for touchdowns with 24 in 1993.

Ryan Dinwiddie passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns against Louisiana Tech to become the fourth Boise State quarterback to surpass the 5,000-yard mark in career passing.

Nevada (5-6, 4-3) is coming off a 38-30 loss to Fresno State and needs a win to salvage a .500 season.

The Broncos will have to contend with Nate Burleson, the nation's leading receiver. Burleson had 14 receptions for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, in the loss to Fresno State. On the season, he has 131 catches for 1,558 yards.

Boise State routed Nevada, 49-7, in Idaho last season to increase its all-time lead in the series to 16-12.


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