BOISE (Daily Aztec) - Back up quarterback? Back up running back? No problem.
San Diego State football, missing both senior quarterback Christian Chapman and junior running back Juwan Washington, invaded Boise State’s blue-carpeted house on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 19-13 victory at Albertsons Stadium.
SDSU (4-1, 1-0 MW) led by 13 points in the fourth quarter and held off a late Boise comeback attempt for their first victory in Mountain West Conference play.
The Aztecs lead was six heading into the final frame, and the team added some breathing room following a 72-yard touchdown run by true freshman Jordan Byrd.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, Byrd took a pitch from junior quarterback Ryan Agnew and streaked down the sideline for the first touchdown of his career and the second of the game for the Aztecs.
Agnew, starting for the third straight game in place of Chapman, had a turnover free outing while throwing for 113 yards to five different receivers.
Boise (3-2, 1-1 MW) cut the Aztecs lead to six with 3:05 to play, following a 72-yard touchdown drive which ended with a one-yard touchdown run from junior running back Alexander Mattison, but the Broncos were unable to score again after getting the ball back with 1:59 to play.
SDSU was able to contain a normally-explosive Boise offense, which came into the game averaging over 500 yards, but were limited to 229 on Saturday.
The Aztecs tagged Broncos’ quarterback Brett Rypien for his first two interceptions of the season while sacking the senior three times.
Sophomore running back Chase Jasmin, starting for the first time in his career, finished with 78 carries on 26 yards as the workhorse out of the SDSU backfield.