SUSPENSIONS, INJURIES MOUNT
Boise State added starting long snapper Chris Roberson, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric Agbaroji and redshirt freshman kicker Jake Van Ginkel to its suspension list Saturday. They joined starting safety Lee Hightower and No. 3 tight end Hayden Plinke, who missed the Oct. 27 Wyoming game and are out indefinitely.
The Broncos also played without several injured players. Starting nickel Dextrell Simmons and backup nose tackle Greg Grimes, who were injured against Wyoming and are week-to-week, joined No. 3 cornerback Bryan Douglas (out for year), starting wide receiver Mitch Burroughs (out until December) and starting tight end Gabe Linehan (out indefinitely) on the sideline.
Sophomore Corey Bell made his first career start at nickel.
Boise State true freshman cornerback Donte Deayon joined the kickoff team on the first play of the game his first appearance of the season. He also played on defense during the game.
Boise State had planned to redshirt Deayon but needed more depth in the secondary after the issues with Hightower and Douglas.
Deayon is the sixth true freshman to play this season joining tailback Jack Fields, wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, linebacker Tyler Gray, defensive tackle Armand Nance and Plinke.
Sophomore transfer Kevin Keane replaced Roberson for the second time this season. Roberson also was suspended for the Michigan State game.
On the Broncos first touchdown Saturday, they ran a swinging-gate two-point play and Keane snapped the ball over the head of wide receiver Matt Miller. Miller picked up the ball and threw incomplete.
AZTECS STRIKE QUICKLY
San Diego State junior wide receiver Colin Lockett returned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown. He caught the ball about 4 yards deep in the end zone but college rules dont allow for plays longer than 100.
It was the second kickoff return for a TD against Boise State in six years. The other was by Arizona State on the opening kickoff of the second half of the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
AZTECS BLOCK PUNT
San Diego States Dwayne Garrett, a running back, blocked Trevor Harmans punt early in the third quarter. The ball went out of bounds at the Boise State 8-yard line. San Diego State scored a touchdown two plays later for a 14-13 lead.
Boise State won the coin toss for the sixth straight game and deferred. Senior Michael Ames started at right guard for the first time since Sept. 29, when he was injured at New Mexico. Junior Spencer Gerke had started six straight games two at left guard and four at right guard. Boise States captains were tailback D.J. Harper, linebacker Tommy Smith and cornerback Jamar Taylor, all seniors. Harpers two first-half rushing touchdowns gave him 36 in his career, one behind Cedric Minter for fourth in school history. Boise States defense did not allow a first-half point for the sixth time in seven games. Boise State wore white pants, orange jerseys and white Pro Combat helmets. San Diego State kicker Chance Mardens streak of eight straight made field goals ended on a 32-yard attempt in the third quarter. It went wide left.