BIG NIGHT FOR SWR
Sophomore receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes caught 13 passes for 150 yards both career-highs. The 13 catches are tied for the sixth-most by a Bronco and are the most since Tim Gilligans school-record 16 catches vs. Louisiana Tech (2003).
Williams-Rhodes had catches on the first two offensive plays; each resulted in a loss of three yards.
I didnt think it was going to be that big of a game because they were both for losses. I was thinking it might be a long game, he said. But it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be at the beginning of the game.
Williams-Rhodes, who had nine catches against Southern Miss in the Broncos previous game, caught a 2-yard TD pass in the third.
Boise State thought it could run out the first-half clock by taking knees, but Utah State used its timeouts to force a punt. After the second-down play, some Broncos and Aggies ran into the locker room and the Broncos offensive coaches left the press box.
The Broncos still seemed flustered on the punt, with defensive end Sam McCaskill joining the formation late at guard. Cornerback Devin Centers broke through the middle and blocked the punt, which went out of bounds at the 12.
The Aggies threw two passes into the end zone, both broken up by cornerback Bryan Douglas. They settled for a 29-yard field-goal attempt by Nick Diaz, but offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. blocked the kick. It was the Broncos third blocked field goal in two games.
They caught us. Its a good lesson. Weve got to be more aggressive coming out, have our guard up a little bit more, coach Chris Petersen said.
HARRISON GETS NOD
Utah State backup quarterback Craig Harrison started in place of injured starter Chuckie Keeton. He was 7-of-17 for 105 yards through the first drive of the third quarter.
True freshman Darell Garretson made his career debut on the second drive of the third quarter. He competed with Harrison in practice for the starting job. Garretson was 9-of-14 for 116 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
I thought we were dead. I didnt think we had a whole lot going right there, Utah State coach Matt Wells said of the quarterback switch.
SOME INJURED RETURN
Wide receiver Aaron Burks (missed two games), tight end Holden Huff (three) and defensive lineman Tyler Horn (one) returned to action Saturday.
Tight end Gabe Linehan missed his third game and linebacker Jonathan Brown missed his fifth. Backup right tackle Jake Broyles will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in practice.
Wide receiver Kirby Moore (had missed one game) and right tackle Rees Odhiambo (injured vs. Southern Miss) traveled but did not play. Redshirt freshman Steven Baggett made his first start at right tackle.
Burks made a 24-yard touchdown catch and Huff made a key 12-yard catch in the first half.
Boise State won its 21st straight game against a Utah opponent, dating to a 1997 loss at Utah State. The Broncos also won their 49th straight game in October, dating to 2001, and improved to 10-0 after byes under Petersen.
Junior kicker Dan Goodales made field goals of 35 and a career-high 39 yards. He has made eight straight since missing his first kick of the season. He also kicked six touchbacks on seven kickoffs increasing his touchback percentage on the season to 50 percent.
Boise States captains were offensive lineman Spencer Gerke, cornerback Donte Deayon, wide receiver Matt Miller and linebacker Corey Bell. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence carried the Hammer. He blocked two field goals against Southern Miss. ... Junior cornerback Bryan Douglas made his fourth interception of the season. Boise State has had a 100-yard receiver in four straight games, the longest streak since at least 2001. Utah State, which moved from the WAC to the Mountain West this year, had won a school-record 13 consecutive conference games. Utah State won the coin toss and deferred.