“Aztecs-Lost Game-Lost Opportunity”
Looks are deceiving.
San Diego State lost to Boise State, beaten at their own game, infront of her 49,000-fans, wearing red, and raging in the stands like it was an NFL game.
Lost game. Lost opportunity to go (12-0). Lost ranking in the AP poll. Lost a chance to get an 18M payday in the Fiesta Bowl.
No one expected this.
Boise, with 18-underclassmen of their starting 22, has struggled all year on offense. The Broncos though are built tough on defense.
SDSU making mistakes you’d hardly ever see from a Rocky Long coached team. Personal foul penalties. A careless quarterback lateral that resulted in a touchdown. Big Boise kick and punt returns of 54 and 43-yards.
But when Boise needed it most, they engineered scoring drives of 75 and 77-yards to blunt the Aztecs late comeback.
If they gave out Purple Hearts, QB-Christian Chapman would get one. He got no help from a young offensive line that could not block Boise’s two defensive tackles, Son Lui and David Moa.
Chapman took a fierce beating, sacked 6-times and hit 24-times by the Broncos pass rushers. He fumbled twice, both taken back for TDs.
Rashaad Penny had a 21-yard run early, but was hog tied all night. When was the last time Penny had 9-carries in a game for 1-yard or less.
The Broncos young pup defense beat the daylights out of State’s young pup offensive line.
Chapman played with great heart considering the pounding he took. But at one point his offense had run 27-plays for an anemic 68-yards.
The Aztecs, who have built a reputation as ‘cement-tough’, got out-toughed in this one.
The Broncos may not be as fierce on offense as they have been in their history, but this might be as good a defense as they have ever had.
Their have been lots of bad losses at SDSU. Losing to an (0-10) UNLV team. Giving up 70-points in a loss at New Mexico. But this was a bad one, because it had so many implications to it.
They can still run the rest of the table and wind up at (11-1) and be in the Mountain West title game. Boise still has games in its division with Colorado State and Wyoming in their division.
But these two teams might still face each other again, in a title game, but it might be on the Blue Carpet in Boise next time in December.
Lost game, lost oppoturnity, lost big time bowl berth, lost a big time payday.
For one of the few times since Rocky Long became head coach, SDSU got punished.
You had seen the best of the Aztecs recently. You thought Boise has slipped from upper echelon in the conference. It didn’t work out that way, and now it has had a big impact going forward.
Looks definitely deceiving on Saturday night.