BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 03: Colin Lockett #24 of the San Diego State Aztecs returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Since the year 2000, Boise State is 73 and 3 on its home turf. Statistically speaking, Bronco Stadium is the toughest place to win in all of college football.
Well, make that WAS the toughest place to win in all of college football.
San Diego State went to Idaho and grabbed the biggest win in program history, taking down the #19 Broncos.
You had a feeling it would be a special night when Colin Lockett returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, his 2nd kick return TD of the season.
However, the SDSU offense only managed 96 yards of offense in the first half, so Boise State led 13-7 at halftime.
The Aztecs defense played a tremendous game, keeping SDSU close, and in the 3rd quarter, they got another huge special teams play. Dwayne Garrett blocked a punt, the Aztecs would set up shop first and goal at the 8. A couple plays later, Adam Muema pounded in for a 4-yard score. Muema had 127 yards on the ground, the Aztecs went up 14-13.
Late in the 4th quarter, they led 21-19. With just under two minutes to play, SDSU was facing a 4th and 2 at the Broncos 35 yard line. Boise State was out of time outs, so Rocky Long had a decision to make. Punt and try to pin the Broncos deep, then rely on your defense. Or, go for it and risk giving BSU a shorter field.
Was there ever any doubt what Rocky would do?
Muema left no doubt, exploding 13 yards right up the middle of the Broncos defense. Aztecs win 21-19, their first win over a ranked opponent since 1996.
San Diego State is 7 and 3 and tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference.