San Diego State Gets Bruised in Loss by Boise State, 31-14
Boise State uses defense to upset San Diego State
The nationally recognized leader of the Mountain West showed up last night and shoved the surging leader down the mountain.
San Diego State circled this game on the calendar when schedules released earlier this year. Before Saturday’s game, the Broncos and the Aztecs met last in 2014. The way the Mountain West schedules, Boise State and San Diego State don’t meet in regular conference play every year. Rocky Long’s Aztecs want to play against the best every year and have a shot at handing Boise State a loss in San Diego.
On Saturday, an NFL-less San Diego had shown up to support the lone Division-I program. The announced crowd of 49,053 outdrew the Stanford crowd, and they too knew this game would be special. The awkward thing is that the Aztecs didn’t show up for this game.
The Aztecs played out of their element. The run game was getting in their tracks, and Boise State got the needed penetration from their defensive line. For a team that relies on the run, the Aztecs ended the game with 83 yards of rushing. Boise State executed every coaches’ plan to beat the Aztecs: stop the run, make Christian Chapman beat you.
Rashaad Penny looked frustrated and the offensive line would leave their field with their heads down and hands on their hips. Chapman completed 12 of 27 passes for 240 and one touchdowns, including an 89-yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter. Chapman couldn’t save the Aztecs.
This game was effectively over in the first quarter. The game’s tempo stalled a bit in the first quarter. Boise State and San Diego State were trading punts until the Aztecs gave up a punt return touchdown at the 6:17 mark. Avery Williams sliced through the Aztecs’ special teams for 53 yards to the end zone, right in front of the San Diego State student section. In the next Aztecs’ possession, a desperate Chapman tried to avoid a sack and made a backward pass to Juwan Washington, which Boise State’s Kekaula Kaniho scooped and returned for a touchdown.
By the first quarter, it was 14-0 and the Aztecs had nothing new.
San Diego State never found the tempo after giving up back-to-back touchdowns without Brett Rypien on the field. The offensive line couldn’t get the push they needed to run, and when Chapman needed to open the passing game the offensive line didn’t do enough to protect the quarterback. By the time Chapman hit Fred Trevillion for an 89-yard touchdown, it was too little too late.
The buzz inside SDCCU Stadium felt more like a line at the ATM than electric atmosphere excited about taking on the best of the Mountain West.
San Diego State was handed their first loss of the season. Call it coming out flat, call it looking forward, or even underestimating Boise State but credit the Broncos to muscling their way into San Diego and showing Rocky Long’s Aztecs who owns the top of the mountain.