FINAL: San Diego State 21, Boise State 19
The Aztecs marched into Bronco Stadium Saturday night and set the tone with special teams play. Returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, the Aztecs trailed at half, but outscored Boise State 14-6 in the second half to earn the victory.
After trialing 7-0, Boise State scored and elected to go for a two-point conversion that failed. It was a bizarre call at the game's onset.
Though Boise State opened the second half with the ball, quarterback Joe Southwick tossed an interception on the first play of the third quarter. The Bronco defense managed to stop the Aztecs from scoring, but Boise State’s offense was unable to move the ball. On the punt attempt, Bronco Trevor Harman rolled into pressure and had his rugby-style punt blocked. San Diego was able to score, then traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the Broncos to seal the win.
The Broncos were forced to try for a two-point conversion after the touchdown, but Southwick was pressured and threw the ball up for grabs. It was intercepted.
Boise State was sitting atop the Mountain West Conference, and was No. 19 in the AP poll. The loss drops the Broncos to 4-1 in the MWC and 7-2 on the season. San Diego State climbs to 5-1 in the Mountain West, 7-3 overall, and have won five games in a row.
The Broncos were erratic offensively. They only had 276 yards of total offense, with 112 yards on the ground. Boise State had 108 yards rushing as a team in the first half alone. San Diego State didn’t win the total offense battle (the Aztecs finished with 269 yards for the game), but won the time of possession battle, 30:34-29:26.