The 36,084 Boise State fans left Bronco stadium feeling numb Saturday night. They watched as the Bronco defense didn’t allow a first half touchdown but then cringed as the offense failed to move the ball in the second half and for the second straight year they watched their Broncos lose at home, 19-21.
San Diego State returned the opening kick off to start the game.
“They delivered a punch on the first play,” Junior quarterback Joe Southwick said.
That was one of the two special team mishaps that gave San Diego State the lead before sealing up the win by eating up the final six minutes of the clock.
“I don’t think they showed us one thing we weren’t expecting,” Head Coach Chris Petersen said. “We didn’t play well. San Diego State played very well that’s the bottom line.”
Boise State got the ball back with 12:20 remaining in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie.
Southwick lead the Broncos on a drive that started on the Boise State 25-yard line.
Facing a third and 15 to go with just under seven minutes in the ball game, Southwick missed a wide-open Potter on the sideline but bounced back making the best throw of his career on a fourth and fifteen.
Southwick gunned a ball in-between two SDSU defenders and completed a 15-yard strike to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller.
The play was good enough for a gain of 20 yards placing the ball on the Aztecs one-yard line. Fullback Dan Paul scored a touchdown two plays later.
The drive took 16 plays 75 yards but a failed two-point conversion made the score 19-21 Aztecs.
“That whole drive was good,” Southwick said. “They did a good job, they came out and played hard. We played hard the whole game we just came up short.”
The game came down to a fourth and two. The Aztecs didn’t want to give the ball back to the Broncos so they decide to line up the offense and went for it. Bronco stadium was shaking as sophomore quarterback Adam Dingwell, bounced around moving left to right as he audibled the play before the snap.
Running back Adam Muema got the ball. Barreling through behind some great blocking, Muema carried two Broncos picking up the two all-important yards that would keep the Aztecs’ drive going and preserve the slim two-point lead for the win.
“They did a good job blocking it and they were able to get it,” Senior linebacker JC Percy said. “It definitely does hurt, especially for us seniors. We will be all right though.”
Boise State travels to Hawai’i next weekend to take on the Warriors at 5 p.m. NBC Sports Network has the broadcast.