Final: Boise State 31 San Diego State 14
The stat line for the first quarter kind of says it all. BSU - 30 Total Yards, SDSU - 34 Total Yards. BSU 14, SDSU 0. The defense came out with a vengeance. Avery Williams did his thing and housed a punt 53 yards for the score. Kaniho made his contribution with a scoop and score for another 7. The D also had 2 sacks just in the first quarter, adding another two in the second. The offense was able to muster just enough to get into the end zone with a short pass to Roh. The Broncos went into half time with a commanding 21-0 lead with only 111 total yards. Through the first half, SDSU had just 19 rushing yards on 22 carries. Also, this:
The Aztecs outscored the Broncos in the 3rd quarter 7-0, but it wasn’t on the ground. SDSU had just 3 yards rushing in the 3rd quarter. The Bronco offense still struggled, amassing just 105 yards, the longest drive being 19 yards. The Broncos were balanced, though, with 47 on the ground and 58 through the air. The 4th started with a FG for the Broncos. While it wasn’t ideal, points are points. Mattison punched one in from 4 yards out to extend the lead to 30-14 (PAT was good). He had over 100 yards on the ground for the second straight game after a slow start to the season. No Boise State QB broke 100 yards and the Aztecs had more yardage than the Broncos (323 to 311), but it wasn’t enough to get a win. This is a big win for the Broncos, knocking off the defending Mountain West champs on the road. Rashaad Penny finished with 21 carries for 53 yards, held largely in check by LVE. Nice win for the boys in Blue.
This defense...man alive it’s exciting to watch. 4 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. TWELVE. LVE lead the way with 11 total tackles, 9 solo and a TFL. Frazier had 3 total tackles with 2 sacks and 2 TFL. Heck, SDSU’s vaunted rushing attack had just 83 yards all night. I’ll just leave this here for you to enjoy.
The offense still has work to do, as many of you would agree. There were definitely sparks, and Mattison seems to be finding his footing. It’s just taking longer than anticipated. The Rypien/Cozart dynamic is a head-scratcher. Hopefully the coaches can get it sorted out sooner rather than later.