Boise State notebook: Mountain Division undecided

ccripe@idahostatesman.comNovember 24, 2013 

MOUNTAIN DIVISION UNDECIDED

Utah State's 13-0 win against Colorado State on Saturday ensured the Mountain Division would come down to the final weekend of the regular season.

And Boise State's loss to San Diego State in overtime Saturday night gave Utah State the division lead.

The Broncos (7-4 overall, 5-2 Mountain West) still can win the Mountain Division, but they'll need Wyoming to beat Utah State (7-4, 6-1) on Saturday in Logan. Then the Broncos would need to beat New Mexico on Saturday night.

Fresno State clinched the West Division on Saturday and all but sealed home-field advantage for the title game Dec. 7. That won't be official until the BCS Standings are released Dec. 1.

KIRBY MOORE RETURNS

Boise State senior wide receiver Kirby Moore played for the first time since Sept. 20 against Fresno State. Moore missed six straight games with a foot injury. He often practiced and was close to returning but couldn't quite get over the hump. Moore still was fourth on the team in catches with 25. He added to that total with two in the second quarter.

Right tackle Rees Odhiambo did not make the trip because of an injury. He missed his fourth game in the past six. Redshirt freshman Travis Averill made his second start.

True freshman linebacker Tanner Vallejo started after playing in a backup role a week earlier because of injury. Redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver, the team's top tackler, played in a backup role after missing one game with an injury.

Senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick was in uniform for the first time since he broke his right ankle Oct. 19 against Nevada. He was not running well, though. Southwick appeared to take the snaps reserved for the backup in warm-ups.

SLOW STARTS CONTINUE

San Diego State scored a touchdown on its second possession - the fifth straight game and the eighth in 11 overall that the opponent scored first.

The Broncos went three-and-out on their opening two drives - with a kickoff return for a touchdown sandwiched in between. They have 10 three-and-outs and five turnovers in 22 attempts on the first two drives of the game.

San Diego State outgained Boise State 109-3 in the first quarter.

MASTON STARTS

Junior cornerback Mercy Maston started in place of junior Bryan Douglas. Douglas shifted to the third-corner job that Maston had been handling. It was Maston's second start, but his first in a two-corner alignment. Douglas started the first 10 games.

BIG RETURN

Douglas returned the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown after San Diego State took the lead. It was the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and the first kickoff return for a TD since Doug Martin's score in the 2011 MAACO Bowl against Arizona State.

The Broncos have been auditioning kickoff returners all season. It was Douglas' third attempt. He also has scored on an interception return this season.

QUICK HITS

Boise State wore orange pants, white jerseys and blue helmets. … Boise State's game captains: center Matt Paradis, linebacker Jonathan Brown, tight end Gabe Linehan and defensive end Kharyee Marshall. … San Diego State won the coin toss and took the ball. … Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi's 16th rushing touchdown this season moved him into a tie for third in Boise State history for a single season.

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