Southwick, who was 20 of 31 for 164 yards, and the offense finally got rolling in the fourth quarter. Down 21-13 with 12:20 remaining, Southwick led the Broncos on a 16-play, 75-yard drive capped by his 1-yard touchdown toss to fullback Dan Paul that pulled Boise State within 21-19. The Broncos went for 2, but Southwick was pressured and his fluttering pass was picked off near the goal line by Rene Siluano.
"We didn't play well and San Diego State played well, that's just the bottom line," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "They're style is very awkward for us to play against. Special teams really hurt us, and we couldn't get enough going on offense."
After Boise State pulled within 21-19, the Aztecs took over with 5:35 minutes remaining, got a couple of first downs, ran out the clock and then stormed the field after time expired.
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