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Game report: Boise State suffers rare home loss to San Diego State

Boise State suffers rare home loss to San Diego State (CBS 2 photo)

The result: Boise State struggled to move the ball, committed three turnovers on offense and had more miscues on special teams in a disappointing 19-13 loss to San Diego State Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. Playing in front of 36,679 fans, the fourth-largest crowd ever for a home game in Boise, the Broncos struggled to find a rhythm and looked out of sync all game. The loss drops the Broncos to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Mountain West play and all-but-officially eliminates them from a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Trouble with San Diego State: San Diego State has now done what no team in college football has done since 2000 – beat the Broncos on the blue turf twice during that span. The Aztecs also won in Boise in 2012. Boise State went 92-4 on the famed blue turf during a 15-year period from 2000-2014. They are 17-4 at home since the start of the 2015 season, including at least one loss at home in three of the past four seasons.

Notable performances

-Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien completed 21 of 41 passes for just 170 yards and no touchdowns. He also threw his first two interceptions of the season.

-Running back Alexander Mattison had 66 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, but was held below 70 yards rushing for the fourth time in five games.

-Boise State’s leading receiver was A.J. Richardson, who had five catches for 38 yards.

-Tyler Horton had eight tackles and a fumble recovery in his first game back after missing two games due to a knee injury.

Key Stat

The Broncos had just 229 total yards of offense, their fewest since they had 206 yards in a 17-13 loss in the 2012 season opener at Michigan State. But at home? It’s been almost 20 years – Oct. 24, 1998 to be exact -since a game like this. It was the fewest yards at home since they had 203 in a 30-16 win over Utah State while still in the Big West. They’ve been in two different conferences since.

He said it

“I still think we have a really good team, I still think we have a lot to play for, I still think everything we want to accomplish is in front of us,” Harsin said. “It’s more difficult now as we know. … I’m not going to sit here and say ‘the season is done, we’re written off, we can’t do anything, we can’t be successful.’ That’s not the case.”

Up next

Boise State hits the road for a battle at Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live by the CBS Sports Network.

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