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Boise State Broncos vs. San Diego State Aztecs Pick & Prediction NOV 26TH 2021

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No. 21 San Diego State can clinch a spot in the Mountain West Conference championship game when it hosts Boise State on Friday morning in Carson, Calif.

The Aztecs (10-1, 6-1 MW) control their fate in the West division as they own a one-game lead over Fresno State. However, a loss could potentially be a problem, as the Bulldogs own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 30-20 victory over San Diego State on Oct. 30.

The Aztecs have won 10 or more games in five of the past seven seasons but haven't played in the Mountain West title game since 2016.

Boise State (7-4, 5-2) certainly needs a win as well. The Broncos are part of a three-way tie for first in the Mountain division and the other two teams (Air Force, Utah State) play their games on Saturday.

"It's a huge opportunity for both teams for there to be a lot of things on the line," Boise State coach Andy Avalos said.

In a unique occurrence, the game will start at 9 a.m. local time (noon ET) so that it can air nationally on CBS. Aztecs coach Brady Hoke said his team will have their pregame meal at 5:30 a.m.

"We're up in the morning all the time year-round so our guys are used to it," Hoke said of the early wakeup time.

Avalos sang a similar tune.

"We practice in the mornings, we operate in the mornings," Avalos said. "The wake-up is a little earlier. ... We're going to need (to be ready) bright and early on Friday morning."

San Diego State has won three straight games but wasn't all that sharp in a 28-20 road win over UNLV on Nov. 19.

The Aztecs were outgained 394-290 but prevailed on the strength of three touchdown hookups between quarterback Lucas Johnson and Jesse Matthews.

"I didn't think we played Aztec football, especially on the defensive side," Hoke said. "We've got to do a better job. We can't give up big plays thrown over our heads. We've got to coach better. We as a staff, we got to look at some things."

Boise State routed New Mexico 37-0 last Saturday for its fourth consecutive win. The Broncos held the Lobos to 101 total yards and scored two touchdowns on blocked punts.

George Holani rushed for 114 yards, marking his third straight 100-yard outing.

Star receiver Khalil Shakir caught seven passes for 116 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown from Hank Bachmeier on the final play of the first half.

Shakir ranks fifth in Boise State history with 2,804 receiving yards and sixth with 202 receptions. He has 71 catches for 1,043 yards and six touchdowns this season and has indicated he will likely leave for the NFL after the season.

"There's so much that he does behind the scenes as a leader, a person and a man," Avalos said. "He's one of the humblest guys on the team as well, and we're very grateful he's been a part of this brotherhood and part of this program."

The teams have split six all-time meetings. San Diego State notched a 19-13 win at Boise State in 2018 in the most recent matchup.

--Field Level Media

Boise State Broncos vs. San Diego State Aztecs Recap NOV 26TH 2021

Jordan Brookshire came off the bench to pass for one touchdown and rush for another and No. 21 San Diego State clinched a spot in the Mountain West conference championship game with a 27-16 victory over Boise State on Friday morning at Carson, Calif.

Brookshire entered late in the second quarter and led San Diego State to 24 consecutive points to overcome a 13-point deficit. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 192 yards and rushed for 46 yards on nine attempts for the Aztecs (11-1, 7-1).

San Diego State tied the program's Division I mark for victories, also accomplished under legendary coach Don Coryell in 1969 and twice under Rocky Long (2015, 2016). The program is in the Mountain West title game for the first time since 2016.

Jesse Matthews had a season-best 133 receiving yards and matched his career high of nine catches, with one going for a score. Greg Bell tacked on a rushing touchdown, Jonah Tavai recorded three sacks, Patrick McMorris intercepted two passes and Dallas Branch picked off one for San Diego State.

Hank Bachmeier completed 21 of 40 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Boise State (7-5, 5-3). Khalil Shakir and Kurt Rafdal caught touchdown passes for the Broncos, who were eliminated from Mountain West title game consideration.

The Aztecs outgained Boise State 408 to 319.

Brookshire replaced ineffective Lucas Johnson with 3:04 left in the second quarter with San Diego State trailing 16-3. The offense immediately emerged from hibernation.

The Aztecs traveled 78 yards on five plays with Brookshire connecting with Matthews on a 29-yard scoring pass with 1:30 left. San Diego State got the ball back and drove for Matt Araiza's 37-yard field goal with three seconds left to trail 16-13 at the break.

The Aztecs continued the momentum on the first drive of the second half as Bell scored on a 2-yard run for a 20-16 lead. McMorris then intercepted Bachmeier for the second time and Brookshire cashed in with a 16-yard scoring run to boost the lead to 11 with 7:46 left in the third quarter.

Johnson was 9-of-20 passing for 98 yards before being pulled.

Boise State struck first on Bachmeier's 20-yard scoring pass to Rafdal with 6:08 left in the opening quarter.

San Diego State got on the board on Araiza's 31-yard field goal with 1:10 left in the period. But the Broncos tacked on nine second-quarter points on Bachmeier's 13-yard scoring pass to Shakir and Jonah Dalmas' 22-yard field goal to lead 16-3 with 8:39 remaining in the half.

--Field Level Media

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