Cyclones fall to Boise at Humanitarian Bowl

Zac Reicks

Bad weather and an even worse offense spelled disaster for the Iowa State football team as it fell 34-16 to Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Bronco tailback Brock Forsey scored three touchdowns on the ground and finished the season with 32 touchdowns, the second-highest season total in Division I-A. Barry Sanders has the record with 39 for Oklahoma State in 1988.

This was the third Humanitarian Bowl win for the Broncos in four years; they also claimed the 1999 and 2000 crowns.

Iowa State ended the year 7-7 after starting 6-1. The Cyclones dropped their last four games of the year and finished a grueling 14-game schedule playing their fifth-ranked team on the road.

?There are very few 12-win teams in America and Boise State is on of them,? ISU head coach Dan McCarney said. ?They play with a lot of passion and confidence and I can see how they have won 25 of the last 26 games at home.

Iowa State?s problems began when quarterback Seneca Wallace left the game with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter due to a hyper extended knee and the Cyclones? offense struggled without him.

The Cyclone defense was able to keep the country?s best scoring offense in check, however, and Iowa State only trailed 7-3 when Wallace returned at the 9:27 mark of the second quarter.

The senior went to work immediately and capped off a 16-play, 75-yard drive with a six yard touchdown strike to Jamaul Montgomery that gave Iowa State the lead at halftime 10-7.

The second half was all Boise State, though ? the Broncos scored four touchdowns and dominated on both sides of the ball.

With the score at 21-10, Iowa State had a golden opportunity after defensive MVP Anthony Forrest blocked a punt and gave the Cyclones deep in Bronco territory. Tailback Michael Wagner was stripped on the subsequent running play and gave the ball right back to the high powered Boise State offense.

?It was one of those games were we felt like we could win,? Jordan Carstens said. ?We didn?t make enough stops on defense and just came up short.?

Iowa State was without starting safeties Marc Timmons and Jamaine Billups, as well as offensive lineman Colin Menard. All three were declared ineligible because of a Big 12 conference stipulation that requires a student athlete to have at least six credits with a C average.