Ah, special teams—so important and yet, at times, so often overlooked.
Saturday night’s game on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium, between Boise State and San Diego State, was a huge reminder about the value of special teams.
The performance of special teams factored into the Aztec’s 21-19 upset of Boise State, starting from the game’s onset with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by San Diego State’s Colin Lockett. Factor in a punt block that led to another Aztec touchdown and erratic play-calling that had Boise State go for a two-point conversion twice—failing twice.
The first two-point conversion was on the Broncos’ answering touchdown in the first quarter. Matt Miller failed to connect on a pass and it put Boise State behind by one. That forced the Broncos to try for another two-point attempt late in the fourth quarter to try to tie the game.
But Bronco quarterback Joe Southwick was flushed from the pocket and his attempted pass was picked off.
The loss will drop Boise State from the rankings and puts a damper on hopes for a solid postseason bowl game. The Broncos are now 4-1 in Mountain West play and 7-2 overall. San Diego State, winners of its last five games, are tied at the top of the Mountain West standings at 5-1 and are 7-3 overall.
Let’s break down the 10 things we learned in Boise State’s loss…