Here Is Why Boise State Lost At Home To San Diego State
The Broncos struggled at home, again, to the Aztecs.
The Aztecs shut the Broncos down and left Boise victorious.
After a solid performance at Wyoming, the Broncos returned to Boise on Saturday but appeared to leave the offense in Laramie. Coming into the San Diego State game, the Broncos were averaging 539 yards per game, despite a rough outing against Oklahoma State.
The defense thankfully kept Boise State close and allowed them the chance to win it in the end. The special teams maintained their struggles as they, unfortunately, have all year. Coach Rocky Long and the Aztecs took advantage of a bye week and put together a nice scheme that led them to victory.
Boise State’s offensive line struggled again, but this time it was not against better athletes, but rather a better scheme. Going into this contest Brett Rypien had thrown for at least 300 yards in each of the previous 4 games. The Aztecs changed that and pressured Rypien effectively and often in route to 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble, and only 170 yards.
The run game did not fare much better racking up a grand total of 51 yards when taking into account sacks. Mattison had 25 carries for 66 yards and touchdowns, good for under 3 yards a carry.
Brett Rypien was under pressure the whole game and looked obviously off from his first pass to his last. He also threw his first two interceptions of the season on very uncharacteristic throws.
After the loss Coach Bryan Harsin made it abundantly clear that his offensive line needs to step up and protect Rypien. He stated that it was unrealistic to expect that Rypien could make accurate throws under the huge amount of pressure he faced. The Broncos will have to step up their overall offensive effort if they would like to defend their Mountain West Conference Championship.