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Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:00 AM EST
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Iowa St (7-6) vs. No. 15 Boise St (11-1) Humanitarian
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Iowa State's once-promising season collapsed down the stretch due to a brutal schedule. Now the Cyclones are confronted with another challenge as they face high-scoring Boise State on the Broncos' home field in the Humanitarian Bowl.

At one point, Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace was viewed as a worthy Heisman Trophy candidate, but his star value quickly faded as Iowa State dropped five of its last six, including a season-ending 37-20 loss to Connecticut.

Wallace set single-season school records for passing yards (3,138) and total offense (3,492), but he committed 13 turnovers - eight interceptions and five fumbles - in Iowa State's last three games, all losses. Against Connecticut, Wallace completed just 19-of-44 passes for 216 yards.

In the second half of the year, Iowa State suffered losses to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Colorado, all on the road. Its only victory during that span was a 42-35 decision over Missouri.

Boise State is the ninth bowl team Iowa State will face this season and the sixth ranked opponent the Cyclones play on the road.

Boise State, which led the nation in scoring (46.6) and total offense (516.8), would love to put on another show in front of its home fans. The Broncos have won 10 in a row since suffering their only loss to Arkansas, 41-14, on September 7.

Boise State has been nearly unbeatable on its blue turf, winning 25 of its last 26 home games, including 11 in a row. The Broncos were victorious in the 1999 and 2000 Humanitarian Bowls, topping Louisville (34-31) and Texas-El Paso (38-23).

Running back Brock Forsey has rushed for a school-record 1,533 yards and leads the nation in scoring at 14.5 points per game. He set school and Western Athletic Conference marks with 29 touchdowns and 174 points.

Ryan Dinwiddie boasts a remarkable passer rating of 203.5, easily surpassing Iowa's Brad Banks, the nation's leader at 166.1. However, Dinwiddie missed four contests with a knee injury and did not play in the necessary 75 percent of Boise State's games to be eligible to be listed among the NCAA leaders.

During their winning streak, the Broncos have outscored their opponents by an average of 50.7-15.2. But they are 0-11 all-time against BCS schools.

Boise State has won all three of its bowl appearance, while Iowa State is just 1-5 in the postseason. The schools are meeting for the first time.


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