The way that the media was ranting about the Broncos’ BCS chances, one would have thought that beating San Diego State was a given. Games are played on the field, and a team such as San Diego State, which is in the hunt to win the Mountain West Conference title, do not roll over because of hype.
If anything, it fuels the fire.
In the end, it was the ineptness of the Bronco offense in the second half that helped seal the Aztec win, 21-19. Is ineptness too harsh a word? Consider that the Broncos had only six yards rushing in the second half and 91 yards passing.
The Bronco defense held San Diego State well under its offense average for a game. Even after the game, the Aztecs are averaging 406.1 yards of total offense per game. Boise State held San Diego State to just 269 total yards for the game.
But San Diego, trailing 13-7 at the half, scored twice in the second half, capitalized on a blocked punt to score a touchdown, then snuffed out a Bronco two-point conversion late in the fourth that might have tied the game. The Broncos were forced to try for two after failing a two-point conversion after their first touchdown in the opening quarter.
Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it does not.
The loss dropped Boise State from No. 19 in the AP poll to No. 34.