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Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2002 8:59 PM EST
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(21) Boise St 44, Nevada 7
BOISE ST. BRONCOS
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NEVADA WOLF PACK
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RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- Brock Forsey ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns as 21st-ranked Boise State captured its first outright Western Athletic Conference title with a 44-7 rout of Nevada.

After recording three short TD runs in the first half, Forsey found the end zone from 38 yards out 28 seconds into the final quarter for his 29th touchdown of the season, the most in the country.

The Broncos (11-1, 8-0 WAC) won in Reno for the first time since 1987, snapping a six-game skid.

Boise State, which joined the WAC last season, extended its overall winning streak to 10 games and earned a likely berth in the Humanitarian Bowl.

"We had a very impressive finish. It's tough to go undefeated," Broncos coach Dan Hawkins said. "Starting from the time we found out we would not be going to a bowl last year, I'm just really proud of our team attitude.

"They said, 'It was our fault,' and said, 'It wouldn't happen again,' and set about doing it from the first of the season."

Nate Burleson, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, made eight catches for 102 yards and scored Nevada's consolation touchdown with just 5:34 left as the Wolf Pack (5-7, 4-4) closed the season with two straight losses.

Forsey picked up 23 yards on the opening drive of the contest. On his sixth carry of the nine-play, 75-yard drive, the senior ran in from four yards out to put the Broncos on their way.

"Our motto all along was 'Leave No Doubt,'" Forsey said. "I think we left no doubt by going undefeated in the WAC season."

Nevada committed a pair of first-half turnovers to help Boise State's cause. After the Wolf Pack fumbled on their first offensive play, Forsey finished off the seven-play, 26-yard drive with a two-yard TD run to make it 14-0.

"We just wanted to come out here and play our game and shut a good offense down," said Broncos safety Quintin Mikell, who forced the fumble. "We did that and finished what has been a great regular season."

Gabe Franklin's interception at the Nevada 19 led to Forsey's third score, giving the Broncos a 24-0 advantage with 11:04 to play in the half.

"The two turnovers in the first (half) really hurt us," Wolf Pack coach Chris Tormey said. "They are a championship team, they are the prototype."


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