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Boise St. rallies past Virginia Tech

Boise State receiver Austin Pettis beats linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow for the winning 13-yard touchdown catch with 1:09 left. The Broncos went up 17-0, fell behind, then rallied.

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Boise State receiver Austin Pettis beats linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow for the winning 13-yard touchdown catch with 1:09 left. The Broncos went up 17-0, fell behind, then rallied.

LANDOVER, Md. — Kellen Moore and Boise State look as if they will be in this national championship chase for a while.

Moore hit Austin Pettis with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left and No. 3 Boise State passed what might be its toughest test of the season, beating No. 10 Virginia Tech 33-30 on Monday night.

The Broncos (1-0) came to FedEx Field with their best preseason ranking ever and ran out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, then had to rally to extend their winning streak to 15 games.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards for the Hokies (0-1), who for the fourth straight season took a deflating early season loss. Virginia Tech fell to 1-18 against top five teams under Frank Beamer.

"When it's all said and done, we were one first down from winning that football game," Beamer said.

As for the Broncos, should they be the first team from a conference without an automatic BCS bid to play for a national title if they go unbeaten?

"Game 1, and that's what it is," said Chris Petersen, who improved to 50-4 as coach of Boise State. "We're just pleased to get out of here with a 'W.' "

Moore threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He led a five-play, 56-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes — aided by a personal foul penalty. After hitting Pettis on a quick slant for the winner, Moore sprinted to midfield with his hands raised high, waiting for a teammate to celebrate with him.

The winningest team of the past decade in major college football, Boise State again was forced to prove it was worthy of all the accolades — this time far from home on a field that was anything but neutral, packed with Hokies fans.

When it was over, they were taking a victory lap, exchanging high-fives with their fans who made the long trip.

Maryland stops Navy

BALTIMORE — Safety Kenny Tate stopped Ricky Dobbs at the goal line with 34 seconds left, and Maryland beat in-state rival Navy 17-14 to break a seven-game losing streak that began in October.

The Midshipmen (0-1) held the ball for nearly 19 minutes longer than Maryland (0-1) and outgained the Terrapins by more than 200 yards.

"Perseverance. That's all we've been preaching all summer," Terrapins linebacker Alex Wujciak said.

Trailing 17-14 with a fourth down at the 1, Navy went for the win. Dobbs took the snap, went left and was met by Tate.

"I look back in hindsight and it was a bad decision, but at the time I had faith in Ricky," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

Maryland anticipated that Dobbs would keep the ball and follow his fullback into the line. The Terps had noticed watching video that Dobbs didn't like pitching the ball near the goal line. "If they had pitched the ball and ran to the outside, they may have walked in," defensive coordinator Don Brown said.

The teams were playing for the second time since 1965 in a rivalry called the "Crab Bowl."

Maryland punter Travis Baltz helped collect a Crab Bowl trophy afterward: "It's a silver trophy with a bunch of little (replica) crabs inside. It's kind of cool."

Wyoming player dies: The Colorado State Patrol said Wyoming player Ruben Narcisse, 19, of Miami died and three teammates were injured when the vehicle they were in drifted off a highway and crashed early Monday. Trey Fox, 19, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Christian Morgan, 18, of Aurora, Colo., and J.J. Quinlan, 19, of Everett, Wash., were injured. Troopers say Morgan's injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Fox had moderate injuries. The nature of Quinlan's injuries weren't known. Troopers say Fox was driving and apparently fell asleep; alcohol and drugs aren't believed to be factors.

Alabama: The Tide will face Penn State without suspended defensive end Marcell Dareus, and coach Nick Saban isn't betting on injured running back Mark Ingram making it back. Saban said Alabama won't appeal Dareus' two-game NCAA suspension for improper agent benefits. Ingram (knee) didn't practice Monday.

CINCINNATI: Vidal Hazelton tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the opener, costing the Bearcats one of their top receivers for the rest of the season.

Texas: Tre' Newton will become the starter at running back against Wyoming after scoring three touchdowns in an opening win at Rice. Cody Johnson, who was the starter, was ineffective in short-yardage situations. Coach Mack Brown said Johnson sprained an ankle on the second play but kept quiet to stay in the game.

Boise St. rallies past Virginia Tech 09/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 1:27am]

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