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San Diego State vs. Boise State: Aztecs edge Broncos, 21-19

The Boise State Broncos saw a seven-game winning streak go under on Saturday following a loss to the Aztecs.

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SDSU makes statement in defeating Boise State

The San Diego State Aztecs went on the road and picked up a huge 21-19 upset win over the Boise State Broncos on Saturday night. With the victory, the Aztecs reached "future conference rival" status with the Broncos, says Kevan Lee of One Bronco Nation Under God.

Aztecs head coach Rocky Long raised some eyebrows before the season when he suggested that ditching punting and always going for it on fourth down would be something that he would consider. That line of thinking bit the Broncos on Saturday, when Long decided to go for it late in the game in an attempt to salt the game away.

(SDSU running back) Adam Muema picked up fourth-and-two near midfield with under two minutes to go to seal the win. I love, love, love the decision by Rocky Long to go for it in that situation, especially since failing would have meant prime field position for a last-minute Bronco drive.

The home loss was Boise State's second in as many seasons. Last year, the Broncos fell to the TCU Horned Frogs on the blue turf. One thing that loss had in common with Saturday's, other than the result, was that Boise State was wearing its orange jerseys -- something that OBNUG doesn't want to see again.

Let's burn those orange jerseys. They are the worst.

The Broncos will likely fall out of the top 25 after the loss. The good news, however, is that the team gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii to face the 1-7 Warriors next weekend as a form of rehabilitation.


Aztecs upset Broncos, 21-19

If the initial kickoff by Boise State was any indication of how its night would end, the Broncos should have been worried. San Diego State's Colin Locket returned it 100 yards for the touchdown. In a game that was neck-and-neck all the way through, the Aztecs were able to distance themselves just enough from Boise State to pull off the upset victory, 21-19.

Following the Aztecs' opening return, Boise State went on to score two unanswered touchdowns. D.J. Harper had one in the first quarter on a 1-yard rush. The Broncos went for two and failed. The missed attemp would come back to haunt the team late.

With 2:14 remaining before the half, Harper scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 16-yard rush. The Broncos played it safe this time and kicked a successful point after. Boise State was up 13-7 heading into the locker room.

Following Boise's suit, SDSU scored two unanswered touchdowns of its own. In the third quarter, Adam Muema rushed for a 3-yard TD, bringing the Aztecs within one point of Boise.

With 12:20 to go in the fourth, Aztec Walter Kazee scored on a 1-yard rush. After the successful PAT, SDSU was up 21-13. Boise State battled back and scored a touchdown with five and a half minutes to go. Like they did in the first quarter, the Broncos were unsuccessful in their attempt for two points. Had Boise State made its two attempts at two points, the game would have been tied. Instead, the Aztecs took the upset victory, 21-19.

Box Score Hero: Running back Adam Muema of SDSU did most of the heavy lifting for the Aztecs. He carried the ball 25 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Rankings Ramifications: The upset by SDSU will push Boise State back in the rankings, possibly out of the Top 25.

But Did They Cover? The Aztecs didn't need the 16 1/2 points after all.

Next Week's Schedule: The Aztecs welcome Air Force to San Diego. Boise State is headed to Hawaii.

This post first appeared on SB Nation.


Aztecs take the lead, 14-13, in 3rd quarter

The Boise State Broncos trail the San Diego Aztecs, 14-13, after three quarters on Saturday night thanks to an offense that stalled to start the second half and special teams mistakes.

The Broncos carried a 13-7 lead into halftime after the Aztecs took an early 7-0 lead with an opening-kickoff touchdown return, thanks to a pair of D.J. Harper touchdowns. The Boise State offense would struggle coming back out of the locker room, however, starting with quarterback Joe Southwick's interception throw on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

A three-and-out for Boise State on their next possession would end in disaster, as the ensuing punt from deep within Broncos territory was blocked. The Aztecs would take advantage of the short field two plays later, with Adam Muema's 3-yard touchdown run giving San Diego State a 14-13 lead.

The Broncos would gain just 31 yards of offense in the third quarter and are 2-of-9 on third down in the game.


Broncos pull ahead, 13-7, at the half

No. 19 Boise State leads San Diego State, 13-7, as the Broncos recovered from a poor start to control most of the first half on Saturday night.

Trailing 7-0 just seconds into the game following a 100-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff, the Broncos rebounded by scoring on the next possession thanks to a one-yard touchdown run by D.J. Harper. The San Diego State offense would sputter, failing on a fourth-down conversion and punting on consecutive drives.

Boise State would take advantage, capping off a 92-yard drive with Harper's second touchdown run of the half. The Aztec offense, after moving the ball into Boise State territory, would stall once more and be forced to punt in the final seconds of the first half.

Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick is 8-of-12 for 70 yards and no touchdowns, while Harper has added 78 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 15 carries. Boise State has outgained San Diego State, 176-96) while going 2-for-2 on fourth down.


Broncos trailing 7-6 after 1st quarter

No. 19 Boise State trails San Diego State, 7-6, on Saturday night at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

The Aztecs immediately jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Colin Lockett returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds into the game. Boise State would respond with a 68-yard drive on the following possession that was capped by a D.J. Harper one-yard run for a touchdown. The Broncos two-point conversion attempt would fail.

The teams would then trade off stalled drives, with Boise State going three-and-out on the only other possession of the game. San Diego State was not able to enjoy much better offensive success, yet were driving deep inside Broncos territory as time expired in the quarter.

Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick was 5-of-7 for 38 yards in the quarter, while Harper added 13 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Both Boise State and San Diego State have gained 52 yards of offense so far in the game.

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