Updated: Sunday, October 24, 2004 3:19 AM EDT
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(16) Boise St 33, Fresno St 16
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BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Tyler Jones and Jared Zabransky helped No. 16 Boise State extend some impressive streaks.

Jones kicked four field goals and Zabransky ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Broncos extended their nation-leading winning streak to 18 games with a 33-16 triumph over Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State.

Boise State, which hopes to secure a bid to a BCS bowl game, also won its 23rd consecutive game at home and improved to 7-0 for the best start in school history. USC has the second longest winning streak in the nation with 15.

After freshman Calvin McCarty capped the Broncos' nine-play, 89-yard opening drive with a seven-yard touchdown run, Jones connected on three field goals in the second quarter.

Just 69 seconds before halftime, linebacker Andy Avalos - the preseason WAC Defensive Player of the Year - intercepted a pass by Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar to set up Jones' 30-yard field goal that gave the Broncos (7-0, 4-0 WAC) a 16-3 lead at the half.

On the opening drive of the second half, Zabransky rushed for a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak to cap a nine-play, 69-yard drive scoring drive.

Mathis Wendell scored Fresno State's first touchdown on a 15-yard run midway through the third quarter. But Jones, who kicked a 46-yard field goal in Boise State's victory over Tulsa October 16, answered with a 45-yarder early in the fourth.

Pinegar threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Jamison with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 26-16.

But Pinegar was picked off by Deshaen Cabaong with 7:16 remaining and Zabransky put the game out of reach with a five-yard scoring strike to Andy Weldon on the ensuing drive.

Cabaong has three interceptions this season for Boise State, which limited the vaunted Fresno State attack to just 17 yards on the ground and 191 overall. The Bulldogs were 19th in the nation with 204 rushing yards per contest entering Saturday.

Zabransky was 15-of-23 for 227 yards and tailback Lee Marks amassed 112 yards rushing.

Pinegar was 17-of-30 for 174 yards, but also threw a pair of interceptions for Fresno State (3-3, 0-3 WAC), which has dropped three in a row.


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