By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State lost to San Diego State 34-31 in overtime Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium.
Aztecs wide receiver Colin Lockett caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to win it after Boise State had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Dan Goodale on its overtime possession.
Goodale missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt on the last play of regulation that would have won it. He hooked the kick wide left.
The loss means the Broncos can’t reach the Mountain West championship game unless Utah State loses to Wyoming next week in Logan. Then Boise State would have to beat New Mexico.
The Broncos dropped to 7-4. San Diego State is the first team to beat them in consecutive seasons since Washington State in 2000-01.
SDSU — Adam Muema 2 run (Seamus McMorrow kick), 4:15. Key plays: The Aztecs picked up two fourth downs, including the touchdown. Plus, Colin Lockett made a gorgeous, fingertips grab on a 40-yard reception down the sideline. Drive: 12 plays, 70 yards, 6:48. San Diego State 7, Boise State 0
BSU — Bryan Douglas 100 kickoff return (Dan Goodale kick), 4:01. San Diego State 7, Boise State 7
SDSU — Adam Roberts 3 pass from Quinn Kaehler (McMorrow kick), 10:26. Key plays: Wide receiver Dylan Denso made a 29-yard catch on third-and-9 to reach the Boise State 9-yard line. Cornerback Mercy Maston committed pass interference on third-and-goal to keep the drive alive. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:28. San Diego State 14, Boise State 7
BSU — Jay Ajayi 31 run (Goodale kick), 6:33. Key plays: An exchange of punts — including a Boise State punt that hit a San Diego State player for a fumble — eventually allowed the Broncos to start a drive at the Aztecs’ 49-yard line. Drive: 4 plays, 49 yards, 1:14. San Diego State 14, Boise State 14
BSU — Shane Williams-Rhodes 12 pass from Grant Hedrick (Goodale kick), 5:02. Key plays: Safety Taylor Loffler recovered a fumble on a kickoff. Williams-Rhodes gained 11 yards on a middle screen on third-and-9, then scored the TD on a similar play. Drive: 4 plays, 24 yards, 1:23. Boise State 21, San Diego State 14
SDSU — J.J. Whittaker 18 interception return (Wes Feer kick), 10:37. Boise State 21, San Diego State 21
BSU — Matt Miller 10 pass from Hedrick (Goodale kick), 8:02. Key plays: Miller made a 17-yard catch, Ajayi made a 15-yard run and Miller made an 11-yard catch that included a personal foul on the defense. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 2:35. Boise State 28, San Diego State 21
SDSU — Tim Vizzi 41 punt return (Feer kick), 4:04. Boise State 28, San Diego State 28
BSU — Goodale 35 field goal. Key plays: Kirby Moore made a 7-yard catch for a first down but on third-and-14 Hedrick was unable to fit a ball into Miller at the goal line. Drive: 6 plays, 7 yards. Boise State 31, San Diego State 28
SDSU — Lockett 10 pass from Kaehler. Key plays: Muema rushed for 6 and 9 yards, the latter on third-and-4. Drive: 5 plays, 25 yards. San Diego State 34, Boise State 31
Mountain Division undecided
Utah State’s 13-0 win against Colorado State on Saturday ensured that the Mountain West Mountain Division will come down to the final weekend of the regular season.
Boise State needs two wins — at San Diego State on Saturday night and at home against New Mexico on Nov. 30 — or one win and a loss by Utah State on Nov. 30 against Wyoming.
Fresno State clinched the West Division on Saturday and all but sealed home-field advantage for the title game Dec. 7. That won’t be official until the BCS standings are released Dec. 1.
Kirby Moore returns
Boise State senior wide receiver Kirby Moore played for the first time since Sept. 20 against Fresno State. Moore had missed six straight games with a foot injury. He often practiced and was close to returning but couldn’t quite get over the hump.
Moore still was fourth on the team in catches with 25. He added to that total with two in the second quarter.
Right tackle Rees Odhiambo did not make the trip because of an injury. He missed his fourth game in the past six. Redshirt freshman Travis Averill made his second start.
True freshman linebacker Tanner Vallejo started after playing in a backup role a week earlier because of injury. Redshirt freshman linebacker Ben Weaver, the team’s top tackler, played in a backup role after missing one game with an injury.
Senior starting quarterback Joe Southwick was in uniform for the first time since he broke his right ankle Oct. 19 against Nevada. He was not running well, though. Southwick appeared to take the snaps reserved for the backup in warm-ups.
Junior cornerback Mercy Maston started in place of junior Bryan Douglas. Douglas shifted to the third-corner job that Maston had been handling. It was Maston’s second start, but his first in a two-corner alignment. Douglas had started the first 10 games.
Slow starts continue
San Diego State scored a touchdown on its second possession — the fifth straight game and the eighth in 11 overall that the opponent has scored first.
The Broncos went three-and-out on their opening two drives — with a kickoff return for a touchdown sandwiched in between. They have 10 three-and-outs and five turnovers in 22 attempts on the first two drives of the game.
San Diego State outgained Boise State 109-3 in the first quarter.
Douglas returned the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown after San Diego State took the lead. It was the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and the first kickoff return for a TD since Doug Martin’s score in the 2011 MAACO Bowl against Arizona State.
The Broncos have been auditioning kickoff returners all season. It was Douglas’ third attempt. He also has scored on an interception return this season.
Boise State wore orange pants, white jerseys and blue helmets. … Boise State’s game captains: center Matt Paradis, linebacker Jonathan Brown, tight end Gabe Linehan and defensive end Kharyee Marshall. … San Diego State won the coin toss and took the ball. … Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi’s 16th rushing touchdown this season moved him into a tie for third in Boise State history for a single season.
Monday blog: Southwick practices — and press conference videos
Tuesday story: Weekly Boise State football notes
Tuesday blog: How the MW championship game works
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: Walk-on QB sparks San Diego State
Wednesday story: Scouting San Diego State
Wednesday blog: Two rules that irk Petersen
Thursday story: LB Tanner Vallejo’s historic true freshman season
Thursday blog: Q&A with San Diego State beat writer Stefanie Loh
Friday story: Devan Demas provides a spark, breaking down the slow starts, and more notes
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Friday blog: Ajayi on historic pace
Saturday story: Broncos need to step up in their fourth test
Saturday column: Special teams much-improved for Broncos