Boise State knocked off No. 19 San Diego State 31-14 on Saturday night at SDCCU Stadium, with touchdowns on defense and special teams sparking the Broncos early on.
Boise State (4-2, 2-0) improved to 3-2 all-time against the Aztecs (6-1, 2-1). The Broncos rushed for 186 yards to the Aztecs’ season-low 83. Boise State had 12 tackles for loss on defense, and San Diego State had two.
In the first quarter, before the offense even had a first down, Boise State got a punt return touchdown from Avery Williams and a fumble return for a touchdown by Kekaula Kaniho.
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BSU — Avery Williams 53 punt return (Haden Hoggarth kick), 6:17. Key plays: After the Boise State defense forced a third consecutive punt for the Aztecs, stopping them on a third-13, Williams took ex-Boise State punter Brandon Heicklen’s punt back for the score. Williams said during the week the Broncos had opportunities to make big plays in the return game. Boise State 7, San Diego State 0.
BSU — Kekaula Kaniho 34 fumble return (Hoggarth kick), 4:20. Key plays: Facing a third-and-5 from his own 45, San Diego State quarterback Christian Chapman narrowly evaded a sack from linebacker Tyson Maeva, but was wrapped up by defensive end Durrant Miles. Chapman tried to heave it underhand forward, but the ball was behind where he tossed it, and Kaniho, a freshman safety, picked it up and scored untouched. Boise State 14, San Diego State 0.
BSU — Jake Roh 3 pass from Rypien (Hoggarth kick), 3:11. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 5:58. Key plays: On the second play of the drive, Rypien couldn’t find an open receiver, pulled the ball down and went for a 31-yard run. His previous long was 16. Three plays later, he hit Cedrick Wilson for 19 on a third-and-5, then in a new little twist, found fellow quarterback Montell Cozart for 9 yards on a third-and-9 to get to the Aztecs’ 13. Boise State 21, San Diego State 0.
SDSU — Fred Trevillion 89 pass from Chapman (John Baron II kick), 4:15. Drive: 1 play, 89 yards, 0:10. Key plays: After the Aztecs had nothing going on offense the entire game, with just 122 yards before the score, Chapman hit Trevillion on a streak past Boise State’s Tyler Horton. It was the first TD catch by a San Diego State wide receiver this season. Boise State 21, San Diego State 7.
BSU — Hoggarth 19 field goal, 14:52. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:18. Key plays: With Cozart behind center, the Broncos got runs of 11 and 7 the first two plays by Alexander Mattison, and after Ryan Wolpin’s short run converted a third down, Cozart connected with Wilson for 41 yards. Wolpin got 5 yards to get to the 2, but the Broncos gained nothing the next two plays. Boise State 24, San Diego State 7.
SDSU — Rashaad Penny 11 run (Baron kick), 10:06. Drive: 10 plays, 84 yards, 4:42. Key plays: San Diego State’s stagnant offense woke up behind Chapman, who was 4-for-5 for 51 yards on the drive, and added a 7-yard run. Penny, who had 24 yards before the drive, had four rushes for 26 yards. Boise State 24, San Diego State 14.
BSU — Mattison 4 run (Hoggarth kick), 4:52. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 5:09. Key plays: Boise State threw once the drive: a 7-yard completion by Cozart to tight end Jake Roh on a third-and-3. The rest was done by Mattison (six carries for 49 yards) and Ryan Wolpin (two carries for 14). Boise State 31, San Diego State 14.
NEWS & NOTES
Penny passes 1,000 yards rushing
On his second carry of the game, San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground this season. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior had 993 yards entering Saturday’s game against Boise State. Penny lost a yard on his first carry of the game, but then had a 21-yard run on his second touch.
BSU’s Thomas takes nasty hit
Freshman backup receiver CT Thomas was tackled hard on a 5-yard reception on the Broncos’ second possession of the first quarter and struggled to stand. When he did, Thomas was wobbly on his feet. The 5-foot-8, 152-pounder went to the sideline and sat on the bench without his helmet. CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Jenny Dell said in the second quarter that Thomas would not return to the game.
Quick hits: Redshirt freshman running back Robert Mahone, who got the start at BYU, did not make the trip with an undisclosed injury. Junior tight end Chase Blakley and senior defensive tackle Daniel Auelua also did not travel. ... Sophomore safety DeAndre Pierce was an honorary captain, joining season-long captains Brett Rypien, Cedrick Wilson and Leighton Vander Esch. ... Boise State had two punt return touchdowns from the 2009 season to 2016. Williams has two in the first six games of 2017.
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