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Boise State football notebook: Vallejo, Yakoo miss game

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin takes the field against Wyoming at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.
Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin takes the field against Wyoming at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

VALLEJO, YAKOO OUT

Boise State juniors Tanner Vallejo, the starting middle linebacker, and Mario Yakoo, the starting right tackle, missed Saturday’s game against Wyoming because of injuries.

Freshman defensive end Jabril Frazier, a key backup, also missed the game. He sustained an arm injury in the Utah State game.

Vallejo and Yakoo are questionable for next week’s game at UNLV, coach Bryan Harsin said. Vallejo has been hampered for weeks, he said. Frazier is expected to miss the UNLV game.

Sophomore Joe Martarano of Fruitland replaced Vallejo — his second career start. Martarano made six tackles.

Yakoo’s absence forced the Broncos to play sophomore Archie Lewis at right tackle. Lewis struggled in the first two games of the year, which prompted coaches to move Yakoo from left guard to right tackle.

TRUE FRESHMAN STARTS

Boise State true freshman cornerback Tyler Horton made his first career start in place of senior Donte Deayon, who will miss about three games with a knee injury. Junior college transfer Raymond Ford also played.

Defense’s shutout streak ends

Wyoming scored an offensive touchdown with 57 seconds left in the first half — the first time an opposing offense reached the end zone in Boise since Fresno State in the 2014 Mountain West championship game.

Those touchdowns were scored 214 minutes, 34 seconds apart by game time. Washington (scored 13 points, including a punt return for a touchdown), Idaho State (shutout) and Hawaii (shutout) failed to reach the end zone on offense this season.

The Broncos also hadn’t allowed a point at home in 136 minutes, 32 seconds.

UTAH STATE LOSS HELPS BRONCOS IN DIVISION

San Diego State crushed Utah State 48-14 on Friday in San Diego — a huge boost to Boise State’s conference-title hopes.

Utah State fell to 3-1 in the Mountain West. The Aggies still must lose one more time for the Broncos to be able to win the Mountain Division. The Aggies’ remaining games: vs. Wyoming, at New Mexico, at Air Force and vs. Nevada. The Aggies are 1-3 on the road this season.

Boise State is 2-1 in conference play going into Saturday’s game against Wyoming. San Diego State is 4-0 and holds a two-game lead in the West Division.

QUICK HITS

Right guard Steven Baggett and tailback/special-teamer Ryan Wolpin were the single-game captains. ... Senior DT Armand Nance carried the Hammer. ... Wyoming won the coin toss and deferred. ... Former Boise State offensive linemen Matt Paradis (Denver Broncos) and Charles Leno Jr. (Chicago Bears) served as honorary captains. ... The attendance was a season-low 31,946.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398; Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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