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11/04/2012 1:46 AM EST
San Diego State upsets No. 19 Boise State 21-19
SAN DIEGO ST 21, BOISE ST 19
By TODD DVORAK
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Adam Muema rushed for 127 yards and a
touchdown and San Diego State's special teams had a hand in two
other scores in a 21-19 upset at No. 19 Boise State Saturday
Colin Lockett returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, then
in the third quarter Dwayne Garrett reached over a blocker and
deflected Trevor Harman's punt to set up another score. Garrett
scooped up the bouncing ball and was pushed out of bounds at the
Boise State 8. Two plays later, Muema scored on a 3-yard run
that put the Aztecs (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West) up 14-13.
Boise State (7-2, 4-1) and quarterback Joe Southwick, who
struggled throughout the second half, rallied in the fourth
quarter. Down 21-13 with 12:20 remaining, Southwick led the
Broncos on a 16-play, 75-yard drive capped by his 1-yard
touchdown toss to fullback Dan Paul that pulled Boise State
within 21-19. The Broncos went for 2, but Southwick was
pressured and his fluttering pass was picked off near the goal
line by Rene Siluano.
The Aztecs took over with 5:35 minutes remaining, got a couple
of first downs and ran out the clock to win their fifth straight
and move into a tie for first place in the conference. It was
also San Diego State's first victory over a ranked foe since a
1996 win over Wyoming.
For the Broncos, it was another rare loss on the blue turf. Last
season, TCU came in and won at Bronco Stadium, spoiling hopes
for a conference title and playing in a BCS bowl. Boise State
came into the game with a 71-1 record in regular season home
games, dating back to 2001.
The Broncos were led by D.J. Harper, who scored twice and rushed
for 81 yards. Southwick was 20 of 31 passing for 164 yards on
one touchdown. He was sharp in the first half and helped the
Broncos take a 13-6 lead at the half. But he opened the second
half by throwing an interception on the first play of the third
Boise State managed just one first down on the next three
possessions in the third quarter. Boise State had 276 total
yards on offense and was penalized just once.
But the Aztecs clearly outplayed the Broncos on special teams,
an area Boise State has dominated opponents in recent years.
On the opening kick, Lockett caught the ball 4-yards deep, raced
up the middle through the Boise State coverage, eluded the
kicker and raced down the right sideline untouched for the
score. It's the second kickoff return of the season for Lockett,
who returned one in the Aztecs Sept. 8 victory over Army.
Redshirt quarterback Adam Dingwell, who took over three weeks
ago after starter Ryan Katz went down with an injury, was 12 of
18 passing for 105 yards. Walter Kazee scored the Aztecs' final
touchdown on a 1-yard dive with 12:20 left in the game.
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