Scores

Final

Boise State 34

(4-2, 2-1 MW)

Utah State 23

(3-4, 2-1 MW)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

8:00 PM ET, October 12, 2013

Romney Stadium, LOGAN, UT

1 2 3 4 T
BSU 10 14 10 034
USU 0 10 0 1323

Top Performers

Passing: J. Southwick (BSU) - 335 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Ajayi (BSU) - 22 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Williams-Rhodes (BSU) - 13 REC, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Southwick leads Boise St. past Utah St. 34-23

Associated Press

LOGAN, Utah -- Joe Southwick passed for a career high 335 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-44 passing as Boise State topped Utah State 34-23 Saturday night.

Shane Williams-Rhodes caught 13 of Southwick's passes for 150 yards and a touchdown while running back Jay Ajayi added 109 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. The Broncos (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West) gained 26 first downs to USU's 16 in the game and gained 447 yards of total offense.

Junior Craig Harrison made his first start at quarterback for Utah State (3-4, 2-1 Mountain West) after Chuckie Keeton, three-year starter for the Aggies, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of a loss to BYU last week.

Harrison went 7 of 17 for 105 yards and rushed for 36 yards. Freshman Darell Garretson replaced Harrison with 9:23 to play in the third quarter and went 9 of 14 for 116 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

BSU held Utah State scoreless in the third quarter. Southwick found Williams-Rhodes on a 2-yard slant for a score and Dan Goodale nailed a 39-yard field goal, his longest of the year.

USU's first second half touchdown came when cornerback Nevin Lawson intercepted Southwick and scampered for a 65-yard score a minute into the fourth quarter. Garretson found Tavis Van Leeuwen for a 2-yard TD pass with 20 seconds to play in the game, completing a 91-yard drive.

Boise State dominated the game early. Ajayi scored on a 2-yard run with 7:13 to play in the first quarter following 21-yard pass by Southwick to Williams-Rhodes. Southwick ran in from 7 yards out with 9:03 to play in the first half and hit Aaron Burks on a 24-yard pass play to extend the lead to 24-7. The Broncos had 274 yards offense in the half, Southwick passing for 207.

USU's early touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Joey DeMartino. Utah State blocked a BSU punt with 57 seconds to play in the half but were unable to score and trailed 24-10 at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
USU
1st Downs2616
Total Yards447348
Passing335221
Rushing112127
Penalties5-438-70
3rd Down Conversions8-173-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers33
Possession32:5627:04

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Southwick30/443357.622
Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garretson9/141168.312

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ajayi221095.0119
Thomas5132.604
Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall19693.6013
DeMartino11373.4112

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams-Rhodes1315011.5139
Boldewijn56613.2022
Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds514228.4040
Van Leeuwen3258.3115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSUUSU
TD07:13Jay Ajayi 2 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 70
FG04:18Dan Goodale 35 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERBSUUSU
TD13:43Joey DeMartino 1 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 107
TD09:03Joe Southwick 7 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 177
TD03:04Aaron Burks 24 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick) 247
FG00:57Nick Diaz 33 Yd 2410
THIRD QUARTERBSUUSU
TD09:33Shane Williams-Rhodes 2 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick) 3110
FG02:29Dan Goodale 39 Yd 3410
FOURTH QUARTERBSUUSU
TD14:12Nevin Lawson 65 Yd Interception Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3416
TD00:20Travis Van Leeuwen 4 Yd Pass From Darell Garretson (Nick Diaz Kick) 3423