MOSCOW, Idaho -- John Friesz passed for 423 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to lift Idaho to a 40-34 victory over Boise State, clinching the Big Sky championship for the Vandals.
Friesz, a sophomore whose season passing total stands at 3,677 yards, broke the Big Sky single-season passing mark of 3,618 yards set by Ken Hobart of Idaho in 1983.
The Vandals, 9-2 overall and 7-1 in league play, scored on their first possession with a 52-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Bruce Harris.
Idaho struck again in the second quarter on a 25-yard touchdown strike fromFriesz to David Jackson. The Broncos, 6-5 and 4-4, answered midway through the second quarter with a 14-yard scoring pass from Vince Alcalde to Eric Andrade.
On the ensuing kickoff, Boise State recovered an onside kick and marched 48 yards to a 1-yard scoring run by Chris Jackson, tying the score 14-14.
Friesz fumbled on the Vandals' first possession of the second half and Robert Morris recovered to position a 16-yard scoring dash by Jackson that put Boise State ahead 21-14.
Friesz hit Lee Allen on a 32-yard touchdown throw midway through the third quarter to tie the score 21-21.
A 26-yard field goal by Brian Decicio gave the Vandals a 24-21 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter.
Boise State went ahead 28-24 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Jackson with 2:50 left in the third quarter. Idaho regained the lead 31-28 minutes later on a 15-yard scoring toss from Friesz to Jackson.
Decicio's 23-yard field goal stretched Idaho's lead to 34-28 with 10 minutes left. Richard Carey intercepted an Alcalde pass to set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Friesz to Neosia Morris to boost the Vandal lead to 40-28.
Robbie Washington scored on a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to 40-34 with 3:00 remaining.